Holy Spoons

The gift of hospitality sometimes comes with food.

Moorish Eggs

Once upon a time, my mom was trying out new recipes. Like many of us, she read a recipe and thought, “well, that MIGHT be good!’ And so she tried it. So…  Mom made a recipe called “Moorish Pears” which were pears in chocolate sauce. The result was a big thumbs down.

Mom is a good sport. A few days later, she tried a recipe from her microwave cookbook which was for a chocolate dump cake. With a twinkle in her eye, she announced that dessert that night would be “Moorish Eggs”.


I don’t think the idea of eggs in chocolate sauce was appealing to anyone, except the kitchen helpers who were in on the joke. We learned. We learned…

And so… a family tradition was born. And we all loved it.

Over the years, as we have shared this recipe, we have discovered that people don’t believe the directions. Unless you like spongy brown cardboard, please DO follow them EXACTLY AS WRITTEN. The batter will seem runny. Do NOT add flour. It’s delicious, easy and a family favorite.

Put ingredients into a large mixing bowl in order:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup soured milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup very hot water

When all ingredients are in the bowl, mix well until batter is smooth. DO NOT ADD FLOUR. Grease and flour an 8″ square pan. Pour in batter and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

This recipe can be doubled and makes a great birthday cake. It is so good, it does not even need frosting. Really. 🙂

Note: “soured” milk can be made by measuring the milk and then adding a few drops of lemon juice or white vinegar to sour it. Or you could leave it out on the counter for a couple of days and make it really smelly. (I’d go with the first method!)

As you can see, no one likes it. Two hours later, half a cake is gone…

This cake is not a lie.

This cake is not a lie.

About Deb

Wife, mom, sister, pastor, bereavement counselor, friend and Buckeye. I Yam what I Yam. Frequently imperfect, completely loved by the Divine, and grateful.

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This entry was posted on July 27, 2011 by in Desserts we love, Old Family Recipe.
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