Thursday, 4 December 2008

Getting Saucy

It's officially December now - not just a little bit of December (the first couple of days are always a bit 'might be, might not be') but properly, full-on December, and so I feel totally within my rights to start the 'IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS, TEE HEE HEE' business now. Bring on the cheesy music, lopsided paper chains and ridiculous hats! On with the carol-singing, Muppet movies and getting ready to go home! It's time for frantic shopping, ice-skating, and of course, roast dinners followed by hot butterscotch pudding and toffee ice-cream.

Because we're not total student stereotypes, my friends and I decided to have a roast dinner on Sunday afternoon to bring in December; I suspect we all sort of expected it to go horribly wrong, but -as I gleefully texted my mother afterwards- it was a great success (I never knew it was possible to roast so many things; chicken, carrots, parsnips, potatoes... I began writing out what we'd had but I was using the word 'roast' so many times it began to lose all meaning). I took charge of gravy, having watched my mum make it hundreds of times (her gravy is famous across the North-West), but upon stepping up to the oven I realised I'd never actually made it myself from scratch and began waving my wooden spoon in alarm, rifling through cupboards and hyperventilating into my saucepan. Miraculously it turned out well, but I'm not sure how it happened.

Something I had more confidence in was this pudding (like at home, I was elected to make dessert. Some things never change), which is the self-saucing kind with a cakey top and gooey bottom. There is pretty much no way a butterscotch pudding can go wrong.

Well, I mean, there is. You could put all the sugar in at once and then realised you were supposed to keep half of it aside to go on top, for example, which I certainly Did Not Do. But a bit of improvisation later and it doesn't really make much difference when you bring a steaming hot pudding to the table and people who were previously complaining they would never eat another bite start going, 'just a smaller piece... no, bigger than that... bigger than that... are we on rations or what?!'

Butterscotch Self-Saucing Pudding
Recipe found here.
Serves 6

100g (3/4 c.) brown sugar
200g (heaped 1 1/4c.) self-raising flour
100g butter, melted
1 egg
125ml (1/2 c.) milk
4 tbs golden syrup
1 tbs cornflour
375ml (1 1/2 cups) boiling water
Double cream or ice cream, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 1.5 litre (6 cup) ovenproof dish. Combine 35g (1/4 cup) of the brown sugar and all of the flour in a bowl. Add the melted butter, egg, milk and 2 tbs of the golden syrup and stir until combined. Spoon into greased dish.

2. Combine the remaining brown sugar and cornflour. Sprinkle over the pudding mixture. Combine boiling water with the remaining 2 tbs of golden syrup. Pour over the top of the pudding mixture and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (obviously this depends how deep you skewer it; the cake should be cooked but you want it to stay saucy. I wouldn't worry too much about it).

Five of us round the table; a pudding that serves six. Say hello to breakfast.


Abitofafoodie said...

Snap - I made a self-saucing pudding on Sunday too. Great minds think alike and all that. Mine was of the lemon variety though. And my was it good.
I've not done a butterscotch version before though. I will HAVE to try it - bound to be divine.

Anonymous said...


Amanda said...

Oh good lord this looks heavenly!

Anonymous said...

What is cornflour? Is it like cornmeal? or cornstarch?

Anna said...

Anonymous - I think the American equivalent is cornstarch; it's white and very fine. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

What can i say? Just Mmmmmmmmm. Give me a little more, please. ;-)

Nic said...

Looks like the ultimate in comfort food, how about sending some to me?

grace said...

oh, blessed butterscotch. with treats like this to comfort me, winter doesn't intimidate me at all. :)

Annie said...

Yum! One of my favourite things about a UK Christmas was it not being too hot to have yummy puddings like this!

Anonymous said...

Haha I always start putting out Christmas things on December 1st. I feel that before might be pushing it (but I've done it) but I'm firmly within my rights come December 1st.

The pudding looks wonderful and great idea to have it for breakfast. It's always funny how many people develop room in their tummies when food is good! :lol:

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Yum, this looks delish.

Anonymous said...

You are my god

Mike said...

Love the post, and great picture of the Golden Syrup!

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yummy!!! this looks so delicious. i am going to add this recipe to my favorite.

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