Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Daring Bakers and the British Invasion

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. (Right off the bat I want to let you know that I used Crisco shortening as the suet substitute, as suggested.) I have never made a traditional British pudding and I rather enjoyed it! It required steaming the ingredients in a pudding bowl which I have never done before.

I changed the recipe up a bit and added pumpkin, ginger, chocolate chips and the zest from one orange (inspired by Barbara's post yesterday, and my own daughter's recipe for pumpkin bread)

Traditional British Pudding

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup Crisco
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of milk
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
zest of 1 orange
1 cup chocolate chips

Place flour into a large bowl and add the shortening, cutting together. Add all the other ingredients(except choc. chips) to the flour/shortening mixture and well with an electric mixer.

Grease a 2 quart bowl and add the mixture – making sure there's room at the top for expansion. Cover the bowl with parchment paper making a slit in the top to allow for steam. I then added a sheet of aluminum foil on top of that with a matching slit in the top. Tie twine around the rim of the bowl to keep the foil on. (You can also add some additional twine around the whole bowl to make it easier to lift the hot pudding bowl out when it is done.) Put the pudding bowl in a deep(to enclose the entire bowl) heavy-bottomed pan and pour water about halfway up the sides of the bowl and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pan with a lid and keep the pudding at a simmer for 2 hrs.

Remove parchment and foil and let pudding sit for 5 min. Loosen pudding by running a knife down the edges. Put a serving platter over the top of the pudding bowl and invert the pudding onto it.

This pudding proved to be very moist and flavorful! The chocolate and orange flavors came through prominently, but the pumpkin, not so much:( I should have added more pumpkin and maybe no orange zest. It was not too sweet either, though I do not have an aversion to sweet treats! :)

Thanks Esther for the GREAT challenge!
I just had to add this last image...when I was a kid in elementary school( here in California), the British invasion was a big deal! It influenced what we wore (including make up by Yardley) and what we listened to...which for me, meant The Beatles! I remember piling into our station wagon with my dad and heading to the drive-in to see the just-released "A Hard Day's Night." I loved it! We imitated (tried to anyway) their accents and played "Beatles," each playing air guitar and lip-syncing. Who needs "The Beatles Rock Band?" We were ahead of out time:)

BTW...Paul was my favorite.


  1. I like your twist on this recipe!

  2. The very first pumpkin pudding I have seen in DB.... Definitely a plus in color, taste and texture..

    And Sue, Paul is my favorite too from the four... :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  3. it looks and sounds amazing. great work on this months challenge.

  4. great twist..oh yum..it looks divine..


  5. very cool! my dad was born in england and he is coming for a visit next week, so I might have to give this a try!

  6. It's perfect and the flavor sounds yummy! Your background in the last pic is so cute! :)

    I really enjoyed the challenge. I wasn't sure about it at first.

  7. Thanks for the shout out! What a great idea of a pudding. Love the idea of adding orange zest. I think Paul was everyone's favorite.

  8. Sue this looks great. I think using pumpkin is an excellent twist. I live in England so we eat steamed puddings a fair bit. And funnily enough my 9 yr old daughter is doing a project on the Beatles for school! I loved John - always gone for the naughty ones LOL!

  9. No doubt that Paul is the best ;) Very cool recipe. I've definitely never tried anything like that before.

  10. pumpkin & chocolate chip pudding, yum! well done on this challenge! and beautiful little ones. i know you stay busy!

  11. Oh neat Sue! I've wanted to make one of these for years. Did you like it? Would you do it again?

  12. Hehe I think a lot of us liked Paul too! :D Gorgeous looking pudding and I really like the sound of the flavours that you used! :D

  13. Wow, what a challenge!! I bet it smelled great, with the orange and ginger and pumpkin!

  14. Great looking pudding - and what an unusual idea for the taste!
    Cheers. Anula.

  15. It looks lovely and moist - you've done a great job in this challenge.

  16. Oooh wow your pudding looks so so good :) yummy :)

  17. You just can't go wrong with pumpkin and chocolate. What a great idea for this challenge. I love the cake plate you served it on, too. Very pretty.

  18. Oh YUMMY--pumpkin and chocolate chips, what a great combination!!

    By the way, both the Strawberry Shortcake and the Hawaiian Muffins look DELICIOUS!! I can't resist anything Hawaiian. :)

  19. Wow this pumpkin pudding looks absolutely yummy! I love everything all the way from the ingredients to the final picture YUM!

  20. That looks amazing. Good call on the suet switch. You are a braver woman than I am steaming in a pudding bowl? Wow!! Although you are reaping the rewards and I am not. Gotta love Paul even now.