Having read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in one day before our trip to Texas, the kids were allowed to see the movie today! And so we all spent the hot afternoon curled up inside with the AC on watching HP 3. The Boggarts and Dementors are scary, but as HP fans know, chocolate heals Dementor damage. And so I passed around squares of good dark chocolate while we watched. And, for dessert tonight (and mind you, dessert after dinner is a very rare treat), we're having Hot Fudge Cake which I coincidentally spotted in the new Taste of Home when I was at the grocery store this morning.
Hot Fudge Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
1-3/4 cups hot water
Ice cream or whipped cream, optional
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
Transfer to an ungreased 9-in.-square baking pan. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over batter. Pour hot water over all; do not stir.
Bake 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. If desired, top with ice cream. Yield: 9 servings.
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