Month: September 2015

Easy Steamed Chocolate Pudding



I love to entertain but some times lack the time to pre prepare the food so am always on the lookout for something I can easily whip up with a few ingredients that are always in my pantry.

Those ingredients are Chocolate (mostly I try to hide this from my children !!!) , Coffee, Eggs and sugar.

It is easy to prepare, takes no time to make and is a delicious light desert that is beutifully matched with steamed fruit or fresh berries.

Simply melt 200g Chocolate with 100g castor sugar and 100ml espresso coffee in a double boiler or in a bowl sitting over simmering water.

Once melted beat in 4 egg yolks . Place into a small china cup or souffle mould with around 50 to 60  mls. Cover with baking paper or with foil.

Steam for around 30 minutes .



Birds Nests pudding

image1This past week has been very challenging for my teenagers and might i say all of us because our internet was cut off , we lost a phone bill and didn’t pay it !! Actually the internet wasn’t cut just slowed to a snails pace. Like losing power one does not realise how much we depend on a service until it is gone !!

Fortunately I love reading and buried myself in a book i picked up from the op shop called “The cure for death by lightning” by Gail Anderson-Dargatz. It is a beautifully written story about a farming family set during the second world war. The mother of the main character is a fine cook and records all of her recipes in a scrapbook. Paper was very hard to come by and this special book of recipes and tips was pasted onto any scrap that came into the house.

One of the recipes that caught my eye and am looking forward to trying is called Birdnest pudding, i am guessing because it looks like a bird nest when cooked.The recipe called for nothing but apples and a thin batter you could mistake for pancake if you didn’t know better

Peel and remove the cores in such a way that the apples are left whole. Any apple will do, green apples will make a for a tarter taste.Arrange the apples in a deep pie dish, as many apples as you have guests or that your dish will accommodate .Mix a batter with three eggs and enough milk and flour to make a little on the runny side.Pour it over the apples, filling the hole where the core was, and the deep dish. Bake in a hot oven , about 180c until the apples are cooked and the batter is brown.Serve with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a bit of butter.