Chocolate Amaretto Budino

It must be magic -- a cake and a sauce!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

6 tablespoons brewed espresso coffee (instant is fine)

2 cups granulated sugar

3 tablespoons amaretto liqueur

1 1/2 cups milk

whipped cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F .   In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup cocoa.  Make a well in center. 

In a medium bowl, beat milk, 1 tablespoon amaretto, vanilla, and melted butter.  Blend well.  Pour liquid ingredients into well in dry ingredients and stir with fork until well blended.

Pour batter into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan.  Smooth top with spatula and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 1/2 cups cocoa, 2 tablespoons amaretto, brown sugar, and coffee.  Stir with a wooden spoon over low heat until sugar and cocoa are melted, 2 to 3 minutes. 

Remove from heat and pour over ingredients in pan.  Bake 30 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature, spooned into dessert dishes and topped with whipped cream.

This recipe has been kitchen tested.

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