As you know, when it comes to baking and cooking – I love nothing more than tinkering about in the kitchen, making everything from scratch, including PUDDINGS!! Now I would say I have a pretty sweet tooth, but I’m also trying to fit back into that vintage leather skirt and I do try to keep my sugar intake down! BUT – when the winds are howling, the rain is beating against the windows and you’re all snuggled in with a hearty dinner, there is nothing quite like a hearty pudding to round off your evening!! Literally!
Recently, whilst trying to be frugal with our food budgeting, I’ve been looking for foodie inspiration from the past. I’m not talking Henry VIII style digging into pies with your hands – but old, simple recipes that were thrown together during rationing, when both food and convenience were scarce. So I thought I’d try my hand at recreating a little pudding from my youth – my Nanny’s chocolate pudding!
Let me tell you something about my Nanny. She is an incredible lady, full of zest and fun in her (slightly) younger years, who often looked after me when Mum was at work. On our family holidays, it was my Nan who would be queuing up to go on all the rollercoasters and, bless her, she even taped an interview with Marilyn Manson that she saw on the TV once, just because she knew I loved him! Who WOULDN’T be inspired by this lady! I have great memories of having lots of lovely, traditional dinners at her house, but my favourite dish was, by far, her chocolate steamed pudding with chocolate custard! Sadly, being a lady who cooked from memory, she never wrote the recipe down – so I hope I’ve done it a little bit of justice with my researching, trawling and playing about! It’s a perfect Sunday dinner recipe, easy to pop together and leave to steam and excellently chocolatey! As with most recipes I put together, there is always room for experimentation and adding extra ingredients to suit your taste buds! I do hope you enjoy!
Ingredients (Serves 4-6 – depending on how greedy you’re feeling)!
For the Pudding
110g Soft Salted Butter
170g Plain Flour
110g Golden Caster Sugar
2-3 Tablespoons of Milk
2 Large Eggs,
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
For the Custard
1-2 Tablespoons of Bird’s Custard Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1-2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 Pint Milk
In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until light in colour and fluffy. Then add the eggs, one by one and mix until combined and smooth.
In a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder together. Slowly, add the flour mixture to the cream mixture, mixing in a couple of spoons at a time until the mixture is combined. Add the milk to stop the mixture drying out.
Once the mixture is ready, pour into a grease and prepared pudding bowl, smooth the top and cover with greaseproof paper. Seal with string around the top (I used some old yarn – Frugally Fabulous Me)!
Place the pudding bowl in a large crockpot or pan (with a lid) and fill with water until about 2/3 of the bowl is covered. Place the crockpot lid on and allow to steam for approximately 1 1/14 hours (medium heat on the hob). Be sure to check the water levels often and remove from the heat once the pudding has steamed.
For the custard – it’s easy enough to follow the instructions on the Bird’s tub, but you add your custard powder, sugar, cocoa powder and about 2 tablespoons from the 1 pint of milk, mix together until a paste forms. Pour the remaining milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Once boiling, remove from heat and pour onto the custard paste. Mix together and return the whole mixture to the pan and bring to the boil again, over a gentle heat!
Serve the pudding warm, preferably near a roasting fire, switch the TV off or, at least, indulge in some appropriate viewing, such as Call the Midwife and Bob’s your Uncle…or Pauline’s your Nan!