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…
“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:
And we created some very strange creatures indeed:
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!