Friday, 9 November 2012
Today (9th November) is British Pudding Day! In these times of calorie counting and healthy eating, the popularity of the good old British pudding has suffered. Even during the winter months, not many people indulge in a proper pudding after their main meal.
But Britain has a unmatched reputation, dating back to the 17th century, for making steamed, boiled and baked puddings. We are famous for comforting dishes like bread and butter pudding, apple crumble, sponge puddings, the gloriously-named spotted dick and treacle tart.
Today is a chance to celebrate this wonderful British tradition and help to keep it going, so throw your guilt and your calorie counter out of the window and celebrate with a gorgeous hot British pud! They are the ultimate comfort food and just the thing to warm you up on a cold night ;0)
Here's a favourite pudding receipe of mine:
Treacle and Lemon Sponge
Butter a 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basin and pour in a small can of golden syrup and the juice of a lemon.
Make a basic sponge mixture:
Cream 4oz butter with 4oz white sugar. Beat in 2 eggs and 4oz white flour.
Add the grated zest of another lemon and stir its juice into the mixture.
Put into the basin on top of the lemon and syrup. Make a close fitting top with aluminium foil and stand in a pan of boiling water.
Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
Serve with cream or custard.
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