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March 4, 2011

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

I started uni on Monday!!! *gasp* 😉

Yup- after waking up terribly early at 6:30 (considering i usually wake up at around 10) and wondering whether the time on my clock was was actually the right time, then taking an hour and a half bus ride, which abruptly ended long before my stop, leading to much panic as I tried to find another bus, then arrived at the uni only to get confused as to where the lecture theatre actually was, I finally settled down into my first lecture (and met a really nice person too) 🙂

So a week on, what do I think of it?

Well- I’m not exactly thinking at the moment. I never realised how tiring 4 hours travelling everyday would so tiring, or how boring maths lectures could be. And I hate 8am maths lectures with a passion. Still- it’s interesting, with all the meeting new people, bumping into high school friends, trying to find places and joining clubs (I’m still sad we don’t have a food lovers club though *sigh* I guess the chocolate society will have to do). I sort of miss high school but in a way, I’m sort of happy to be in the next ‘stage’ of my life.

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The other day we passed the suburb where we used to live when I was small which brought back many memories. It seems not too long ago that I was in preschool, madly screaming and banging on doors as my mother left me or when I started kindergarten, barely knowing english (I still don’t remember how I quite communicated with others).

I actually feel a lot older now that I’m around all these ‘big’ people. A lot older than I’d like to feel, when inside, I know I’m still quite childish- I like to wear T shirts with huge cartoons on them, I like playing with cute stuffed toys, I like bright colourful things…..and I don’t like coffee 😉

Which is all very well as this tiramisu looking dessert (as noted by grub) is actually chocolate biscuit pudding. No coffee whatsoever 🙂 It’s incredibly good, with deliciously rich chocolately mousse sandwiched between layers of milk soaked marie biscuits and scattered with cashews to give it some crunch. The crazily high amount of butter, chocolate, and whipped cream makes it terribly unhealthy but it’s so good it’s worth it!

I made this with my friends during the summer holidays and we had a very fun afternoon playing around with this recipe. We didn’t quite have enough time to chill it until set (and wanted to eat it before we went home), which is why these photos are of a slice of melted and then rechilled pudding- but it’s still so good!

Chocolate biscuit pudding

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

Recipe from here

8 oz chocolate chips
8 ozs butter, at room temperature
3 eggs
10 ozs Marie Biscuits (we used 1.5 packets)
3/4 cups sugar
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup milk
1 cup chopped cashew nuts
1 tbsp Rum (optional)
1 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of salt

1. Combine chocolate, rum, 1/4 cup water, and the vanilla in a heat-proof bowl. Set it over a pan of simmering water just until the chocolate melts. Cool completely to room temperature. Whisk butter until combined. Set aside.
2. Place egg whites, the salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a bowl. Beat on high speed until firm but not dry.
3. Place the egg yolks and the rest of the sugar in a bowl. Beat on high speed until pale yellow. With the mixer on low speed, add the chocolate mixture.
4. Whisk 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; then fold the rest in carefully with a rubber spatula.
5. Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.
6. Soak the biscuits in milk slightly. Layer a bottom of a square pan with them. Next layer with chocolate mixture (about 1/2 inch high). Sprinkle with cashew nuts. Follow with another layer of soaked biscuits and then the chocolate mixture and cashew nuts. Continue layering until all of the chocolate mixture is over. Make sure that the top layer is chocolate mixture and cashew nuts.
Chill for at least 2 hours

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31 Comments

  • A Canadian Foodie

    Isn't University divine. You love going but hate starting back! But how did you come to start in March?
    That is an odd time.
    The treat looks yummy and easy. Maria biscuits are so plain. I really enjoy them dunked in milk or coffee. We have another dessert we make with them, too. I will have to try this, now.
    🙂
    Valerie

    March 4, 2011 at 1:43 PM Reply
  • wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more

    The pudding looks very yummy.
    You must have been truly adorable back then, which was why you need not speak your friends' language

    March 4, 2011 at 2:39 PM Reply
  • chandani

    First of all Von you took be all the way back to my school and university years. Mom still loves to tell the story how I screamed on first day of school. And yeah waking up early in morning never fun for me. I drive to work like 90 minutes each day and feel like that is a drag. But it is all worth it so enjoy and best of luck.

    March 4, 2011 at 4:20 PM Reply
  • j3ss kitch3n

    the pudding is divine Von!

    March 4, 2011 at 5:23 PM Reply
  • Cooking Gallery

    Oh no…Your post makes me feel so old…;)! How many years ago already did I leave uni?? Almost four years ago I think…Enjoy your uni life, once you have started working it's a completely different new world…This doesn't mean I want to go back to uni again;), I enjoy earning my own money and hey, no more exams…;)!! Btw, your biscuit pudding looks delicious of course :D).

    March 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM Reply
  • Kristy Sayer

    How exciting to have started uni! I know exactly what you mean about feeling older while still feeling childish. Running my own business is still so surreal, I can go from working out quotes to watching cartoons (and I often do :P) but it's a good balance!

    This pudding sounds delish!

    March 4, 2011 at 8:49 PM Reply
  • grub

    woah i started university this monday too haha! first week has gone and i have fridays off and only one tutorial on wednesday (pretty much day off since it's morning class hehe). lucky for me it doesn't take that long to get to uni as its only a 30-35 min train ride and a 5-10 min tram ride in.

    best of luck for uni 🙂

    March 5, 2011 at 11:22 AM Reply
  • Vivienne

    hahah love this 'kids' version of tiramisu 😛

    my gosh it takes soo long for u to get to uni! do you have to go everyday? i was complaining about 9am lectures when i lived 10 mins away…so i feel for you with your 8am start ><

    my very first lecture i got into the wrong lecture room…and took me a good 15 mins to realise that haha. man uni is so much fun. enjoy it!!!

    March 5, 2011 at 12:35 PM Reply
  • Umm Mymoonah

    I'm so much tempted by this, looks very yummy.

    March 5, 2011 at 2:51 PM Reply
  • Maria

    How exciting! Although I can't remember my first day at uni, I can imagine it would've been an exciting day 😉 Good luck with everything!

    March 6, 2011 at 12:48 AM Reply
  • Maria

    How exciting! Although I can't remember my first day at uni, I can imagine it would've been an exciting day 😉 Good luck with everything!

    March 6, 2011 at 12:49 AM Reply
  • My Little Space

    Hi Von, Whoa, you made auntie felt so old! haha…. My girl already 17! So, wonder how old is me? haha… Well, I have to agree with you regarding the travelling time. 4 hours wasted just like that daily! Extremely tired! Nothing wrong with you. You're more to girlie type. Anyhow, your goodies look terrific. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

    March 6, 2011 at 8:15 AM Reply
  • Shirley @ Kokken69

    Ooh, back to school! You know, when I was growing up, the adults would always tell me how I would realize later that schooling days are better than working days when I started working… But till this day, I still disagree. I wouldn't want to go back to school again- all the long boring lectures and the anxiety over exams! Work is so much more interesting. It is practical and keeps your mind alive! So study hard now and get it over with… So that you can land a job you would be passionate about for the rest of your life :)… Don't stop baking!

    March 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM Reply
  • CaThY

    wow, your chocolate biscuit pudding looks very yummy 😉

    March 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM Reply
  • pigpigscorner

    oh man…uni seems like such a long time ago for me…have fun!

    March 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM Reply
  • Chow and Chatter

    wow your in Uni so proud of you what do you study?
    love this cake

    rebecca

    March 6, 2011 at 10:15 PM Reply
  • Ellie (Almost Bourdain)

    Yummy pudding. I like the care-free school days but hated the boring lectures and homework.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:19 AM Reply
  • Esther

    You're already in uni!! That's a scary thought. It just reminds me of how close I am to college. 🙁 When you are in uni, you still get to live at home? Because for me, I will most likely have to live in the school dorms. The pudding looks soo good. 😀 I wish I could it eat now. It reminds me of bread pudding, which I ate one time only, but enjoyed it a lot. I never saw Marie biscuits here in the US though… I wonder if I'll be able to find them.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:20 AM Reply
  • sugarpuffi

    omg!!! welcome to uni girl~although i already graduated…that just showed my age didnt it :/

    wish u good luck in uni!

    March 7, 2011 at 4:12 AM Reply
  • tigerfish

    Enjoy uni! I never really enjoyed mine :O

    March 7, 2011 at 4:40 AM Reply
  • Sabine

    I've never seen anything like this, but it looks and sounds delicious so now I really want to try it out!

    March 7, 2011 at 6:28 PM Reply
  • Zoe

    Can't detect if the pudding has been melted…still look good and delicious.

    Your post remind me a lot of my good old days. I remembered my 1st day at the uni…everyone looks so cool to me and I feel so happy to be part of everyone. Silly thought…hee hee.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:30 PM Reply
  • Juliana

    Love the idea of using the Maria biscuit…and sure is makes a wonderful dessert 🙂 Have a great week ahead!

    March 8, 2011 at 12:01 AM Reply
  • Anonymous

    OMG G.LOU! i've been wanting this recipe for AGGEEEESSS!! My mum tried the one we made and she finished off the entire thing so i no longer have a sweet comfort food to eat whilst studying 🙁 and it takes you THAT long to get to uni?! wow. but dw, since you're only 15mins away, i shall come visit you on campus one day 😀 and i know what you mean about the being amongst 'big people' thing. i like wearing print t-shirts but apparently no one (like literally no one) wears them at uni :
    oh well, cya one day 🙂

    March 8, 2011 at 12:32 AM Reply
  • sweetlife

    congrats on your star in uni..a perfect sweet treat to begin the year off with, my hubby loves marie biscuits..dunked in coffee, lol..good luck with the school year!!

    sweetlife

    March 8, 2011 at 6:25 PM Reply
  • Steph

    Looooooks awesome Von!! and you have to take me to Newton to eat Thai one day 🙁

    March 9, 2011 at 7:32 AM Reply
  • Yvonne

    Hi Valerie! We start uni in March here in Australia….I always wondered if the rest of the world also started at the same time- I guess not 🙂

    Hi Wendy! haha….probably not so adorable with all the screaming and crying 🙂

    Hi Chandani! I’m glad I’m not the only one who screamed!! haha.. 😀 But driving to work for 90 minutes must be so tiring….for me, just sitting on the bus for that long makes me tired!!

    Hi Jess! Thanks! It was!

    Hi Cooking Gallery! haha….finishing uni four years ago doesn’t make you that old! 😀 I can’t wait til I leave uni and have no more exams! But I guess I’ll just have to try to make the most out of this uni experience!

    Hi Kristy! Going to uni already makes me feel quite old…. but starting a business is like :O haha…

    Hi grub! You’re so lucky you don’t have 6 days 🙁 and that your travel time is so short….*sigh* good luck for uni too!

    Hi Vivienne! Luckily I started off in the right rooms…I did go into a wrong tutorial room though- and also realised 15 minutes later 🙂 You only lived 10 minutes away? :O So lucky…

    Hi Umm Mymoonah 🙂 And it looks just as good as it tastes!

    Hi Maria! Thanks! Yup- it was very exciting! Luckily, I have this blog to sort of recount what happened so I won’t forget in a couple of years time!

    Hi Kristy! haha…your daughter’s the same age as me! Will she be starting uni soon too? Waiting four hours is such a bum 🙁 There’s so much I could do in that time!

    Hi Shirley! Yeah- I have people tell me that too, only I’ve always thought that working would be more fun! I guess it depends on what job you get… I’m glad you’ve told me so- I’m looking forward to work now! Haha….that’s still in many years though! Hopefully I’ll still be baking and blogging then!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM Reply
  • Yvonne

    Hi Cathy! Thanks!

    Hi Pigpigscorner! haha…maybe I’ll be saying that in a couple years time 🙂 I’ll try to have fun!!

    Hi Rebecca! I’m studying nutrition, but that bit’s the masters so I’m doing the science bit now!

    Hi Ellie! I hate the lectures too…you’re right- they’re so boring! I wouldn’t exactly consider school days care free though- with all the exams and all that, but I guess it probably is, when compared to work 😀

    Hi Esther! Yeah, I still live at home- it’s not really common here to live outside of home, and it’s really expensive too! What’s bread pudding like? Is it hot or cold? I’d never seen marie biscuits before this, which is weird because they’re like..in all the supermarkets- I guess I never actually looked for them. But to me, they’re just like arnott’s biscuits- which I like anyway 🙂

    Hi Betty! haha… I remember- you blogged about your graduation last year!!

    Hi tigerfish! I’ll try to- I’m not really enjoying it much right now, but I’m enjoying the socialising parts 🙂

    Hi Sabine! I’d never seen anything like this either until I came across this recipe 🙂

    Hi Zoe! Really? Haha…. it’s actually supposed to be taller than this- the mousse layers are supposed to be thicker, but it melted so it’s not 🙂 To me, everyone looks so old! But yeah- I feel happy to be part of it too!

    Hi Juliana! I love this idea too 🙂 Have a great week too!

    Hi ‘Anonymous’! You know, you could have just asked Sharmila? She’s the one who found the recipe….! Awww…..well I guess it goes to show how good this was! It actually does *sigh* and the other day, I wasted another hour just waiting for a bus *sigh* I can visit you too…only your timetable is sorta different to mine, though I do finish an hour before you on Wednesdays so we’re definitely meeting up sometime! Hey- I wear print t-shirts too! You should have come to my uni and we could have worn it together! Actually…I’ve seen people wear print t-shirts, and now I’m kinda scared of wearing some of mine coz I’ve seen other people wear them 😀

    Hi Sweetlife! Thanks! Yup- definitely a great way to start off the year!

    Hi Steph! I know! I’ve been wanting to go back….ever since I left Newtown- haha 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM Reply
  • grace

    if it doesn't have butter, cream, or chocolate, it's not a real dessert! as this one has all three, it's as good as they come. 🙂

    March 12, 2011 at 9:46 PM Reply
  • Dumpling Girl

    That looks so yummy, must give it a try sometime.

    I wish I was back at uni for the holiday break sleep ins but I don't envy you those maths lectures, I hated them too 🙂

    March 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM Reply
  • Mary

    I admire your get up and go. That commute sounds dreadful but the goal will make it all worthwhile. I'm new to your blog but really love what I've found here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    March 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM Reply
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