28 April 2010
Daring Bakers Challenge - Traditional British Pudding...
I really feel the need to preface this post by saying that I LUUURVE the Daring Bakers and especially the Challenges. It is fantastic to learn so many new plating tricks and recipes, to try dishes I haven't made before and to meet other (aspiring!) Bakers through the Blogroll.
That being said - I ummed and ahhed about this challenge since the day it was posted. I didn't know what to do, I didn't know how to make it look pretty and I especially didn't want to eat it.
Why? Because this month's original challenge was a Traditional British Pudding using Suet. Suet is animal fat that is grated into the pastry to give it a rich, crumbly texture. I'm all for rich and crumbly - but not so much for the grated fat.
I battled until the very end - and as you can see, I'm even late posting...
I'm embarassed to admit it - but this month - I was a bit, fat cheater.
I didn't stick to the rules in any way, shape or form. And I am sorry. But as a relatively new member, I've actually only eaten one of the challenges - and my workmates are a bit perplexed as to why I bring elaborate desserts to work that I've obviously slaved over but have no interest in eating ... So this month I caved in and baked something I loved.
The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: Suet.
I failed the Challenge - but bring you my Chocolate Pudding in the spirit of playing the game - and I promise to do better next month!
Chocolate Pudding Recipe
1 Tablespoon Cocoa
1 Tablespoon Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Melt the Butter and Chocolate together over a double boiler. Mix until glossy and combined.
Beat all other ingredients together until combined, add the melted chocolate and mix well.
Grease 4 ramekins with butter, divide mixture evenly.
Bake at 180C for 12-15 mins.
This pudding just begs for dairy - and if you were eating it with my Dad - he would have a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of cream and a glug of custard. But that's my Dad - the cream alone would probably suffice!