About this recipe:This is a warm, rich, silky, traditional English pudding, perfect with vanilla ice cream on a cold winter night. Try it it's almost guaranteed not to fail, and if you have kids they will enjoy the way the sauce slowly creeps to the bottom during cooking!
Preheat the oven to 190 C. Grease an ovenproof dish, I used a glass dish around 2 litres.
Sift flour, sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa into a large mixing bowl. Add combined milk, butter and vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour mixture into baking dish.
Sift combined brown sugar and remaining cocoa evenly over the top of the pudding mix. Gently pour the water over the pudding, using a spoon to break the flow. Transfer to oven and bake for approximately 50 minutes.
Serve hot from the oven and dust with icing sugar if desired, enjoy!