Monday, 23 December 2013
Recipe CXIV - The Pudding 2: Sultana, Hazelnut and Cinnamon (Sweet)
This is by no means the B-side of the pudding. The sweet pudding is utterly delicious and adorns any after-dinner table. Puddings are some of the most varied and satisfying dishes there are. This one broadly follows Recipe CXIII, but when the ingredients are added, it diverges greatly. I am once again giving you the basics; it's up to you what else you do with it.
280g plain flour
80g vegetable suet, chilled and grated
50g frozen butter (but refrigerated enough so it is very hard is fine), also grated
1 egg, beaten
Some butter for greasing
Some cold water on standby, if necessary
Some whisky, rum or cognac
Cinnamon, five-spice, hazelnuts (roughly crushed as well as powdered), nutmeg, brown sugar, even honey - whatever takes your fancy
Put a large cauldron of water on a medium heat. Never forget to put something in the bottom so the pudding does not have direct contact with the fiery heat of the cooker. I use an upturned rice cooker base.
Grate the butter and the suet as in the last recipe. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, with your own proportions.
Knead it all together well. Add some alcohol if you want. Butter the inside of a bowl and spoon in the ingredients.
By now your water should be boiling away, so put the bowl carefully into the pan so that it is no lower than half-way inside the water. Steam for three hours.
Turn the bowl upside down onto a plate. If it is properly cooked, it should fall out immediately.
Serve with custard (here is a good recipe:http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/how_to_make_custard_82327)