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Friday, 9 November 2007

The Great British Pudding Challenge





I’m laying down the gauntlet to try and keep the Great British Pudding from becoming extinct. You are most welcome to join in with me in this challenge!! The more the merrier but don’t forget to let me know you are partaking so I can link into our posts to view each other’s blogs.

How does this work? Each month I will be choosing a pudding a Traditional British Pudding. . I will post the recipe each month. You are invited to join me in my quest of “The Great British Pudding Challenge”. Anyone can join in whatever nationality. I do ask that you please leave a link on the most resent posted month’s pudding with a comment if you join in to enable me to link up your site for the round up.

The Great British Pudding Challenge is under way for this month starting from today until the end of the month 30th November.

I adore chocolate so I thought it quite fitting to start the Challenge with a chocolate steamed pudding *smile*. I am including a recipe here and Happy Pudding Challenge to everyone. Lastly please would you let me know when you have completed your challenge so we can view each other’s lovely puddings and also link in our challenges on our Blogs.


Chocolate Steamed Pudding

Serves 4 –6

Ingredients
110g (4 oz) self-raising flour
27g (1 oz) good quality cocoa powder
110g (4 oz) soft butter
110g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
55g (2 oz) chopped chocolate, of choice

Method

You will need a 900g (2 lb) pudding basin, greased with a little butter, greased greaseproof paper and foil to cover the top of the basin and a little string to secure the paper and foil.

Place a steamer on to boil and then lower to a simmer in readiness for cooking the pudding.

In a large mixing bowl add the butter and caster sugar and beat together until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time beating in until fluffy and fully combined.

Sift the flour and coco powder together fold gently into the mixture. Add enough milk to make the mixture into a dropping consistency and mix until all combined. Lastly fold in the chopped chocolate of your choice.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared pudding basin filling it three-quarters full and with a spoon level the top.

Make a circle large enough to fold a pleat in the middle to place on top of the pudding, leaving enough to come down the sides, do the same with the foil too. After placing the greaseproof paper and foil on top of the pudding basin, tie string around the top half of the basin and secure tightly, then take the string over the top of the pudding tying down to make a handle to lift the pudding out. Place the pudding into the steamer and steam for 2 hours, do not let the steamer boil dry and replenish the water as necessary.

You could serve this pudding with custard, chocolate sauce, ice cream, whipped cream the choice is yours.

Note. You could use orange chocolate and a little orange zest to make it into a choc-orange combo.


19 comments:

Maria said...

Hi Rosie
I'm glad we decided to do this great british pudding challenge and what a perfect time of year when all you crave is comfort food which is something us brits really know how to deliver in a pud. I hope we will have more bloggers partaking and keeping this british tradition alive!

Maria
x

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, I couldn't have put it any better than you have :) I am really looking forward to this challenge and what delights we have instore. My feelings are the same and I do so hope other Bloggers will come and join in with our challenge!

Rosie x

Jules said...

I'm very much up for this challenge. I'm a great supporter of the british pud.

Rosie said...

Yeah Jules great news and I'm so pleased you will be partaking in our challenge!!!! :))

we will have to get the ball rolling and set a date for this ;)

Thanks for calling by and taking up the challenge too.

Rosie x

Antonia said...

Hello Rosie,
I am definatly keen to take up the challenge - I am a huge fan of the traditional British pud.
Great idea!

Antonia said...

Rosie - just a thought, but you could put a post about this on the UK Food Bloggers Association blog?

Rosie said...

Hi antonia,

Oh what a fab idea I will pop a post up on the UK Food Bloggers Association blog :)

Thanks for the brilliant idea and also for joining in with us in this venture.

Rosie x

Jules said...

If it's ok I just have a few questions.
Do we all use the same recipe?
Where can I get a pudding bowl from?
As there is only 2 of us could I do mini versions? (I have mini pudding bowls!)

Rosie said...

Ask away if you have questions about the challenge :)

It would be nice if we all could use the same recipe, if everyone is in agreement?

Pudding bowls (basins) are sold in Lakeland and supermarkets. Some prefer to use the plastic type with lids and others pot glazed ones.

Of course Jules the mini versions would be great too :) I fully understand if cooking for two, and SO pleased you're taking up this challenge!!

Rosie x

Jules said...

Good good.
Just realised I have a mason cash ceramic pudding bowl so might try my first one in this.
I look forward to taking part.

Rosie said...

Great news Jules and looking forward to viewing your entry :)

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

Can any one join or only bittish ppl can join the event.
If we are allowed is it the chocolate pudding we have to make and the same recipie

Rosie said...

Hi Happy Cook,

It would be a pleasure if you could join in the challenge with us. Welcome and looking forward to viewing your entry :)

You can serve whatever you wish with the pudding i.e. custard, ice cream, fruit sauce etc.

It is open to anyone who wishes to bake a Traditional English Pudding.

Each month a new host/Blogger will get to choose the recipe and pudding for other challengers/Bloggers to follow until the host/blogger comes full circle again IYKWIM. I hope this is aok with everyone?

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

Rosie thankx for the reply. I am in. And i love chocolate so will give it a try. Although i will make it in individual small portions.

Rosie said...

Hi Happy Cook, Yippieeeeeeee.... great news and I'm so pleased your in on the challenge!!! :))

Rosie x

Catherine said...

R, I'm in California and have a dad from Ipswich. I'm wondering - what is a pudding basin? What would be an American term/version for this? TY

Rosie said...

Hi Catherine,
I have found a link on a cooks shop which should give you a good idea what a pudding basin looks like and perhaps a lot simpler than I trying to explain and going around in circles ;) Also it has a picture and just like the one I use too....

http://thecookskitchen.com/browse_5135

Rosie x

Arfi Binsted said...

rosie, i'd love to join in if i know when hehehe :) pudding is the essential dessert in my family since we're mixed culturess. my hubby is an english-scotland-irish blood, so pudding is a must! please let me know if i can join :)

Rosie said...

Hi Arfi, You are more than welcome to join in the ‘The Great British Pudding Challenge’ I haven’t set a recipe for May because of all the ‘Putting Up’ posts and visits to other blogs. If you fancy making any of the puddings already listed I will link you to which pudding you wish to make. Just let me know on a comment if this is alright with you – thank you :)

Best wishes Rosie x