Mr. Food is celebrating Earth Day in his own way. The gourmet guru has us seeing stars with an "out of this world" dessert.
From the water we drink to the air we breathe and the food we eat, the future of planet Earth is in our hands, and what better way to salute the day than to make plans to help, from recycling to planting trees, cleaning up our parks and so much more; maybe making an out-of-this-world dessert?
In a bowl, we combine 1 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. We add in 1/2 cup milk, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
When the batter is well combined, add in 3/4 cup chopped walnuts. Pour that batter into a sprayed 9-inch round baking pan or a deep dish pie plate, sprinkle a mixture of 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa over the batter. Then, it sounds crazy, but pour 1-3/4 cups of hot water over that.
After about 35 to 40 minutes in a 350 degree F oven, when the top is cracked and the cake is firm to the touch, it's time to take it out of the oven and its look will remind us of the rich earth that we live and depend upon, and while it's still warm, we serve it with the chocolate sauce that it makes while it bakes.
If you would like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "Molten Chocolate Earth Cake," to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or it's online for an out-of-this-world smooth chocolaty way to celebrate Earth Day, and with every bite, remember to appreciate our planet as much as we appreciate the "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"