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Clare and Bill’s Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

10 Jun

One of my new pleasures in life is swapping tried and tested recipes with girlfriends…

This is my friend Clare’s version of a Bill Granger recipe.

Clare is the quintesential wife and lady – minus the pathetic connotations which sometimes are associated with both of those labels! Clare is the girl you can always count on to give good food advice, and is always baking new and yummy things! I’m sure we’ll have the pleasure of seeing a lot of Clare’s culinary adventures on Eat Your Heart Out… I’m keen to share her beautiful hot crossed buns we enjoyed this year!

Back to Bill and Clare.

Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

Ingredients

Pudding

125g plain flour

  • 1 pinch salt
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 250mL milk
  • 85g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • double cream or creme fraiche to serve
Topping
  • 185g soft brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 250mL boiling water

Method

Pudding
  • Preheat oven to 180’C or 350’F
  • Sift the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and cocoa powder into a bowl
  • Add the milk, butter, egg and vanilla extract and mix with beaters until combined
  • Pour into four 250mL (1 cup) greased pudding moulds
Topping
  • Stir the brown sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl to combine, then sprinkle it over the pudding batter
  • Pour boiling water carefully over the puddings, then bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Serve with thick cream

Stay tuned for my attempt at this beauty!

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Welcome to Eat Your Heart Out! Care for some nougat?

9 Jun

So I have been reading blogs for a long while now… I started off with the beautiful, inspirational ramblings of Style Me Pretty, The Bride’s Cafe, A Cup of Jo, just to mention a few. Once I had finished planning our wedding, I moved on in a rather natural progression to blogs which feature beautiful homes, fabulous interiors and DIY projects… I became obsessed with Young House Love, Colour Me Happy, A Room for Everyone.

Following our beautiful wedding in November of 2009, I found myself to be a wife – who had to produce a meal most nights. What to cook?? My mum is a beautiful cook, and has always had yummy, nutritionally sound meals on the table for us – every night of my entire life. So apart from the half-hearted sitting-at-the-bench-chopping-what-she-told-me-to-whilst-chatting-about-our-days, I really had/have NO skills in the kitchen!

So in my quest to solve the never-ending question of what to cook, I began buying cook books.  Slowly but surely, I have completely fallen in love with cook books, food styling, food photography and generally making tasty, pretty treats.

This blog is a place where I hope to showcase the pretty food I make, the food that my friend’s make, recipes we come across, handy tricks of what to do (and what not to do!) and anything else my heart desires.

So what better way to start a blog, than with a piece of nougat and a cup of tea?

Cranberry, Pistachio and Almond Nougat

Ingredients

  • 3 sheets edible rice paper
  • 1/4 cup glucose syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1  egg white
  • 1/2 cup pistachio kernels, toasted
  • 1 1/3 cups blanched almonds, toasted
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Method

  • Place glucose syrup, honey, sugar and 1/3 cup hot water in a heavy-based saucepan over low heat.
  • Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until sugar has dissolved, brushing down side of pan with water to remove sugar crystals.
  • Place a candy thermometer in pan (don’t let it touch base). Increase heat to medium. Bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for 12 to 15 minutes or until mixture reaches 150°C on thermometer (see tip).
  • Remove pan from heat.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhite in a large, heatproof bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add syrup in a steady stream, beating to combine.
  • Working quickly, fold through pistachios, almonds and cranberries.
  • Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Using a wet spatula, smooth top, pressing down firmly.
  • Top with remaining rice paper, trimming to fit. Press down firmly.
  • Stand at room temperature until set.
  • Lift from pan. Cut into squares. Serve.

The next time I make this recipe, I will soak the rice paper first. I’m not sure if I should have, but I didn’t, and the rice paper was crunchy and snappy. Not soft and melty like it should be. I’d also use slightly less honey, as the balance of flavours was definitely overpowered by the honey.

Other than that, a winner!