These kinds of steamed puddings seem quintessentially British to me.
I think of Victorian families huddled around their dinner table, turning out their puddings and watching the berries and juices dribble down the sides.
OK, so that’s probably more romantic than the dank, stuffy reality of Victorian England, but let me dream.
You see I am reading Northern Lights (aka the Golden Compass) and since most of it takes place in the Artic, all I want to do is curl up in a ball under a heavy blanket and eat warm cakes.
I was so proud of this pudding because I devised the recipe measurements all by myself and delivered a perfectly textured, dense yet fluffy, cake with a slight almond hint and delicious intense blueberry flavours.
Steamed Blueberry Puddings
Anna’s very own recipe. Makes 4.
1 cup self raising flour
½ cup sugar
¼ cup softened butter
¼ cup almond meal
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 vanilla pod, beans reserved
Pinch of cinnamon
1 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon sugar, extra
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 180’C. Grease 4 baking moulds with butter.
2. With the extra tablespoon sugar and lemon juice, heat blueberries for about 5 minutes until they soften a little.
3. Using electric beaters, beat golden syrup, vanilla beans, sugar and butter for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined.
5. Sift in almond meal and flour then fold into butter mixture. If mixture is too dry, add a little milk.
6. In the base of each mould spoon in two tablespoons of the blueberries. Top with cake batter.
7. Cover each mould with foil then place in a large baking tray. Pour boiling water halfway up the sides of the moulds.
8. Bake in oven between 40-60 minutes or until puddings have set and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
9. Run a knife around the edges of the moulds and invert onto a serving dish.
10. Spoon some more blueberries around the edges and serve with custard, cream or ice cream.
I want to enter this recipe into Waiter, There's Something in My . . . hosted by Cook Sister with the theme of berries, something that seems to be a very choice ingredient for blogging events hailing from the Northern Hemisphere at present. They must be having a berry nice summer up there.
OK, that's it. No more bad punnets from me.
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