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Les petits chefs meet the Daring Bakers – Food Revolution Week 5

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. The alternative was a proper steamed sponge pudding which I was excited about trying – it brought back memories of my mum’s steamed puddings when I was little…

HOWEVER -

“Circumstances beyond my control” have prevented me from completing this month’s Daring Bakers’ challenge according to the recipes provided. I did want to participate though and had the brilliant idea to introduce Les Petits Chefs to the Daring Bakers by way of this challenge and Jamie Oliver’s recipe for quick steamed microwave pudding cakes. Steaming a pudding in a microwave with 9 year old boys – that’s a Daring Baker wouldn’t you agree??? ;-)

The boys have been asking for a “sweet treat” so I figured this would be perfect and a great recipe for them to learn, if it works out, as it appears so easy yet looks much more involved than it really is!

We had a blast with this recipe, even washing the pudding cups was fun:

The boys also enjoyed buttering the cups:

And a particular highlight was squeezing the oranges (and eating the pulp):

We had a LOT of fun with the golden syrup:

And a highlight was definitely tapping bashing the pudding mixture down:

Then there was MUCH excitement when we checked on the puds in the microwave and saw this:

(even I was excited – I was totally expecting this to be the “not everything always works out” lesson for the boys)

And we created some very strange creatures indeed:

We ran out of time to warm extra golden syrup and pour it over and to tell you the truth, the boys were very happy with their creations as they were..  That’s the only time we veered from the recipe below.

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Jamie Oliver’s Quick Steamed Microwave Pudding Cakes

Ingredients
Butter for greasing ramekins
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour sifted
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 level teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 large eggs, preferably free-range or organic
2/3 cup milk
11 tablespoons Golden Syrup
Crème fraîche or custard, to serve

To prepare your dishes
Grease the insides of 6 little microwaveable dishes, or 6-ounce ramekins with butter until well coated.
Tip all the ingredients (except the golden syrup and the crème fraîche or custard)into a bowl
Add 1 tablespoon of the golden syrup and mix together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Spoon 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup into the bottom of each ramekin and divide the cake batter between them.

To make your puddings
Tear or cut out 6 circles of parchment a little larger in size than the diameter of each ramekin, pressing down gently on the pudding mix.
Place all the dishes in the microwave and cook on medium (50% power) for 7 1/2 minutes, if using a 750W microwave (important – the microwave time will change if you decide to cook more or fewer puddings in one go, or is you have one with different wattage.

To serve your puddings
Warn 1/4 cup of golden syrup in a microwaveable jug for a few seconds. Turn the cakes out onto serving plates (simply put a plate upside down on top of each cake and turn it carefully).
Serve immediately, drizzling over some of the warmed syrup and eat with a dollop of crème fraîche or some custard.

Some tips:
1. Use a whisk (which I conveniently forgot at home) to make sure there are no flour lumps in the mixture – this was today’s lesson.  Some of the puds had a few floury pockets (however this did not stop anyone from eating them!)
2. Trust Jamie’s timing for baking.  I didn’t think they were done at the end of 7.5 minutes so added an extra minute.  Not necessary – they were just heading off in the “too dry” direction (again, not a deterrent for the boys in any way!)
3. These would be awesome with jam instead of golden syrup as well.
4. Don’t “pooh pooh” this recipe because it’s made in a microwave – they are pretty impressive and I love that they are individual sized – perfect for a spectacular dinner party dessert with hardly any prep!

SO impressed with the boys this week – think there could be a Daring Baker amongst them in the future!

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46 Responses to Les petits chefs meet the Daring Bakers – Food Revolution Week 5

  1. Jenna @ Healthy, Happy. Well. April 27, 2010 at 18:49 #

    A microwaveable cake! That’s my kind of recipe! Looks awesome, and seems fun!

  2. Kim April 27, 2010 at 19:07 #

    Those look great! Glad you were able to participate this month after all!

  3. bunkycooks April 27, 2010 at 19:46 #

    I bet these were really good! I wish I had some youngsters to help me out this month! ;) As you know, I had a “challenge” of my own that made everything crazy for the last few weeks. I think it’s great that you got it done! I would love to try making the pudding in the microwave. Cheers for Les petits chefs!

  4. Barbara Bakes April 27, 2010 at 20:08 #

    How fun to have the boys make this with you. I love the idea of steaming it in the microwave. It looks yummy to me!

  5. Shelley April 27, 2010 at 20:24 #

    I love just about everything about this post and how you did this challenge. I love that you involved your boys. I love how excited they were to be involved. I love the recipe you chose and that it can be made in the microwave. Awesome, awesome, awesome. I will definitely give this a try!! Great job with the challenge!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 4, 2010 at 10:08 #

      You won’t be sorry – it’s a GREAT recipe and so easy. Thanks – I had a lot of fun too!

  6. Conor @ HoldtheBeef April 27, 2010 at 20:38 #

    Don’t fear Mardi, there’s plenty of time for the ‘not everything works out’ lesson.

    I’ve never seen an inside of a microwave that looks like that. It is a special microwave? It doesn’t seem to have a turntable?

  7. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz April 27, 2010 at 21:03 #

    How awesome to combine the 2 projects! Microwave is a great idea. The puddings look yummy!

  8. Meeta April 28, 2010 at 04:03 #

    this is sooo adrorable. brilliant going on the challenge!

  9. Audax Artifex April 28, 2010 at 06:03 #

    I’m totally amazed you did a mircowave version excellent work and I love the sous chefs that are helping it is so nice when the whole family makes a recipe and the final results looks so moist and so delicious. Bravo on you effort. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  10. Rosa April 28, 2010 at 06:44 #

    The puddings look wonderful! The boys did a great job!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  11. penny aka jeroxie April 28, 2010 at 08:22 #

    That is amazing. Love your work

  12. Mary Ann Dames - Reading, Writing, and Recipes April 28, 2010 at 10:10 #

    Not only does the recipe look good, I am impressed that you involved the boys. Anytime kids are invovled is a good thing, at least in my mind.

  13. Alison April 28, 2010 at 11:08 #

    At first, I didn’t think “Steamed Microwave Pudding Cakes” sounded all that appetizing, but these look wonderful! Will have to try them out at home.

  14. Fuji Mama April 28, 2010 at 11:40 #

    What an awesome Les Petits Chefs week!! I’ve been wanting to make those puddings…they look delicious! Bravo Mardi!

  15. Lisa April 28, 2010 at 13:08 #

    I’ve made these with my son, and they are truly to die for (we didn’t put the extra syrup over the top either, they were plenty sweet already!) Good job petits chefs!

  16. 5 Star Foodie April 28, 2010 at 22:10 #

    Sounds like such a fun experience for the little chefs!

  17. K a b l o o e y April 28, 2010 at 22:42 #

    That’s so cool! I have to try this with the tot.

  18. Divina April 29, 2010 at 09:09 #

    Mardi, the boys’ hands are so cute!! :) They are definitely daring bakers.

  19. Aparna April 30, 2010 at 02:26 #

    What a wonderful and truly fun way to do a challenge! Wouldn’t mind the “les petit chefs” helping me out too.
    Oh, and please tell them the puddings look absolutely delish! :)

  20. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction April 30, 2010 at 08:33 #

    Lovely! Those boys did a great job… They are daring bakers, indeed!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 4, 2010 at 10:03 #

      Yes they are. I love that kids never think “I can’t do it” – it’s a quality we all need a little bit of sometimes!

  21. Scatteredmom April 30, 2010 at 22:21 #

    Yum! That looks like so much fun, and delicious, too! I can’t wait to get my Food Revolution Cookbook. I won’t have it until Mother’s Day and I’m dying with anticipation.

    Thanks for linking to Food Revolution Friday!

  22. Teresa May 2, 2010 at 21:43 #

    This pudding is absolutely delicious – it went well with warm maple syrup as well!

  23. Tina Marie May 3, 2010 at 13:43 #

    Oh this looks so good and I love that the boys were so involved i this project. It makes me want to join the Daring Bakers!

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