Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Traditional British Pudding


The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

I decided to skip the suet (kind of raw fat) ingredient, and instead go for a sweet sponge pudding recipe. After all, it's a Bakers Challenge! I added lemon zest and blueberries to the basic recipe, and it turned out to be a very moist and flavorful sponge cake. I can't wait to try other variations!

Now, I have made a few sponge cakes in my life, but never have I steamed it on the stove. It was both fun and easy to make. Well, almost. The preparation had a few trials - let's just say it was hard to find a string strong enough to use as a handle on a glass bowl without a rim. Luckily, the hubby found some new shoestrings lying around that we ended up using! We have a Swedish saying that goes "Man tager vad man haver" ("You take what you've got"). So true!

Steamed Jam Sponge Pudding
base recipe from GreatBritishPuddings, Serves: 6 - 8

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons of Blueberry Jam
1/2 cup blueberries
zest from 2 lemons
175g Self-Raising Flour
1 Rounded Teaspoon of Baking Powder
175g Softened Butter
3 Large Eggs
175g Caster Sugar


Method:

A 1.2 litre basin well buttered, some foil, greaseproof paper, string and a steamer or large pan.

After buttering the basin add 3 tablespoons of Blueberry Jam and some blueberries to the bottom. In a large mixing bowl sift the flour and baking powder into it. Add the softened butter, sugar, eggs and lemon zest. Whisk together with an electric hand whisk for around 2 minutes until it is well mixed. Spoon the mixture into the basin and smooth the top out with a large spoon.

Lay some greaseproof paper onto the work surface and the same size of foil on top of it. Be careful to ensure that you have it large enough to cover the top of the basin with extra to wrap around the sides. Form a pleat in both the paper and the foil together and place over the top of the basin with the foil uppermost. Carefully smooth the foil and paper down around the basin and tie in place with some string. Form a "handle" of string over the top of the basin to enable you to lift the basin in and out of the steamer.

Steam the pudding for 2 hours making sure to check the water level every 30 minutes to ensure that it doesn't boil dry.

Serve with vanilla sauce.

Plain Jane...


...or pure deliciousness.

17 comments:

linda said...

your pudding looks so good and super moist. I can imagine how great the lemony pudding would taste with the custard.

Rachel said...

lovely photography :)

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Beautiful job!

Renata said...

blueberry and lemon, sounds delicious! I loved this challege too!

shelley c. said...

That looks so moist and delicious - great job! The blueberry jam looks fantastic with it, too. Great job!

Ruth H. said...

Blueberries and lemon taste so good together, this must have been a real treat to eat! Beuatiful photos and great job!!

Audax said...

That is one perfect looking pudding and the custard just adds that extra omph....

And yes do with what you got great motto.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

elra said...

Such an immaculate presentation. Your pudding look so perfect and delicious. Well done on this month challenge.

Eve said...

Thank you for all of your nice comments! It was such a fun challenge, wasn't it?

The Betz Family said...

Your pudding looks fantastic! I love the way the blueberries are kind of peeking out the sides of the cake. Nice job on the challenge!

anjelikuh said...

This is a lovely blueberry lemon pudding. I love how structured it looks with the distinct layer of blueberry jam on top. THe shoestring story is great, the saying can't be anymore true! Great job on the challenge!

wuon-feng said...

your pudding looks so cute!

Apu said...

Looks yummy!!

Claire said...

Mmmmmm...blueberries and lemon! Perfect combination of flavors. Looks wonderful!

Jenny Tan said...

Your pudding looks fabulous!! Mine didn't turn out well at all....Will have to try the recipe you used someday.

astheroshe said...

your pudding looks great! GREAT BAKERS CHALLANGE!

Mama Holli said...

Great work!! The pudding looks FAB!!!
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