Dessert week, one of my favourites! Last year I made Toffee Apple Trifle which was delicious (and on my list of things to make again with this year’s apples!) and this year there was no second thoughts about what I was making – Self-Saucing Pudding for sure!
I don’t like coffee which ruled out the Tiramasu Cake and I didn’t really have the time to attempt a baked Alaska anyway – but seriously, who can resist a self-saucing pudding?
Admittedly I have only ever made such things in a microwave before (self-saucing chocolate microwave cake is the BEST last-minute pudding of all) so adapting the recipe to work in the oven was an adventure that I wasn’t sure would work. Turns out I should have more faith in myself!
Golden Syrup Self-Saucing Pudding
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 100g butter (melted)
- 1 egg
- 1¼ cups self-raising flour
- ½ cup milk
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1½ cups boiling water
- Thoroughly grease an ovenproof dish and preheat the oven to 180ºC.
- Put ¼ cup of the brown sugar in a bowl with the flour, milk, melted butter, egg, milk, 2 tablespoons of the golden syrup and all of the spices and mix until well combined into a smooth batter.
- Pour the batter into the dish.
- In a separate bowl mix the rest of the sugar with the cornflour.
- Sprinkle this sugar mixture over the top of the cake mixture.
- Put the last 2 tablespoons of golden syrup into a mixing jug with the boiling water and stir until dissolved/combined.
- Gently pour this over the top of the sugar and batter.
- Put the pudding in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes – it is ready when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
This should probably have served 4-6 people but Caius and I demolished the whole lot ourselves. It is seriously tasty and moreish – it would go very well with ice cream, custard or cream too. If you can resist just eating it straight out of the dish that is!
I’m taking part in the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014
I seriously advise that you never bake this cake because it is alarmingly addictive.
Tori got a belated birthday present yesterday and today we all sat down to make it together. (Needless to say, Artie got bored once we’d found all four corners and Tori got fed up once she had made Rapunzel and Pascal so I finished the rest.)
Tori got her medal and certificate for completing the libraries Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge today.
Today the Smalls and I went on an adventure with Nannan and Grandad to Powis Castle – the Smalls ticked off a few more of their 50 things and had a fab time.
We decided that today was going to be our last PJ day of the Summer Holiday – this is Tori and Arthur flopped out watching their third episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic of the day. They love this show at the moment and I am quite enjoying the break from Frozen, Cars and Thomas the Tank Engine!
Today we finished up the last of the school shopping and then Caius and I headed out with Liberty and Liam for a meal and drinks to belatedly celebrate Liam’s birthday. (Please excuse my disgracefully dirty mirror!)
We had a day trip up to Leeds today to visit my Grandparents and our friend Dom. We spotted these rather impressive Ferraris in the service station car park on our way home which was a fun way to round off the day.
I have noticed recently that there are several books on my shelves that are book two or three or even later in a series that I just haven’t got around to reading yet so I have decided I am going to do a bit of a series catch up.
I need to read the next two instalments of The Mortal Instruments series, starting with City of Fallen Angels (#4) which have been sat on my shelf since Christmas because book #3 felt like such a proper ending that I never felt the need to read the next book. I did start it, I think, but I don’t remember anything so will have to start again. I have a feeling book #6 has happened since I bought the series so I may have to find that after I finish #5 too, for the sake of completion.
I need to read The Order of the Scales and The Black Mausoleum (Books #3 and #4 of The Memory of Flames series by Stephen Deas) – I have had book #3 on my shelf since March 2013 and I won book #4 in a Twitter contest not long after that. I loved the first two books and I’m not sure why I never picked number three up straight away.
I also need to buy and read book #3 in John and Carole E. Barrowman’s Hollow Earth series – The Book Of Beasts. Mostly because I want to read it but also because Liberty and my mum also want to read it and rely on me to provide them with my copy to borrow as I have done with the rest of the series. Sometimes I feel like a library…
That gives me 5, potentially six books to read through September, October & November – assuming I can get hold of that final Mortal Instruments book from the library as I don’t want to buy it. I should be able to manage that!
Final week of the Summer Holidays, hard to believe next week is going to be September – the year is flying by!
Monday: Cheese & Bacon Quiche with salad
Tuesday: Stuffed marrow
Wednesday: Chicken with vegetables & new potatoes
Thursday: Pasta bake
Friday: Sausages, chips & peas
Saturday: Make your own pizza
Sunday: Honey & Mustard chicken with rice & mixed vegetables
I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky
Bread Week fills me with fear but is never as disastrous as I expect – I should really make bread more often.
So, I don’t like Rye bread so that ruled that out, I’ve made ciabatta before (and they were so *cough* wonderful *cough* that I gave them to somebody else) so that just left the stuffed/filled showstopper loaf option.
I knew I was never going to make a ‘showstopper’ beauty so decided to just try and pull off a successful bake. I kept it simple and had a fairly ‘dry’ filling to try and minimise gaps and unbaked middles – Prosciutto & Parmesan Bread.
Prosciutto & Parmesan Bread
- 450g strong plain white flour
- 50g grated parmesan
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 0.5 tsp ground black pepper
- 7g sachet fast action yeast
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 250ml lukewarm water
- 50g Prosciutto ham
- Extra flour for sprinkling OR cornmeal
- Put the flour, cheese, yeast, salt and pepper in your mixer and, using a dough hook, mix in the olive oil, egg and water on minimum speed until it forms a soft dough.
- Knead for one minute on minimum setting and then four minutes on speed 1 or until the dough is soft and elastic. Remove the bowl from the mixer, cover it with a damp teatowel or lightly oiled cling film and prove in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Use the dough hook on minimum speed for 30-60 seconds to gently knock the dough back. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide into two. Flatten each half into a round and sprinkle over half of the ham.
- Fold each piece of dough in half then sprinkle over the remaining ham.
- Roll each piece up and tuck in the sides to form stubby loaves.
- Transfer to a floured baking sheet (or one dusted with cornmeal if you have some to hand), leaving a gap between the loaves. Cover again and leave to rise for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200·C
- Brush the tops of your loaves with water and sprinkle with flour/cornmeal. Slash the top of the loaves then bake for 20 minutes or until the loaves are golden and sounds hollow when tapped.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Slice and serve!
I didn’t really slash my loaves bravely enough so they looked quite plain and I think I left them in a few seconds too long as they were edging out of the ‘golden’ colour range and into the ‘dark brown’ one. I also didn’t distribute my ham very evenly in one loaf as it was about four slices in before I got to any. When I did find it though, it made a very pretty swirl which was satisfying.
The bread itself was a lovely texture and not too dense, it has a soft crust and has a subtle cheese flavour that isn’t overpowering and is well complemented by the sweet, salty Prosciutto. It is incredibly moreish.
I’m taking part in the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014
Today was an extra special day as it was the Christening of not one but two very special little ladies – Edith & Lily. I am one of Edith’s (very proud) Godparents and this is a picture (clearly taken by Caius and not me, as I’m in it) of the two stars of the show and their parents and godparents with the minister who held the service.
Over the last couple of weeks these two have got a little fed up of each other’s company and there have been lots of fights, including a bit of blood loss on ocassion, so it was nice to see them having big relaxed cuddles watching TV this morning.
We went to visit baby Edith again today and had some more awake cuddles than we had on Sunday. She is a whole month old today and all kinds of gorgeous.
Tori rediscovered her Fuzzy Felts today and made this picture of Nannan and Grandad’s house. Apparently that is also Grandad’s car, although I don’t remember it looking quite like that last time I was in it…
We went to visit English Folkfan this afternoon and the Smalls had fun discovering and playing with a lot of Caius’s old toys – here they are exploring his old bath toys and later they moved on to playing with his old dolls.
I have been meaning to have a go with the ice cream maker attachment on my Kenwood for a while and tonight I made apple, blackberry and cinnamon frozen yoghurt in it. It is very yummy!
Today I got down to my Great Bloggers Bake Off attempt – bread week is scary. I think the last time I made bread was last year’s bread week! The results are incredibly tasty – turns out Parmesan and Prosciutto Bread is good stuff.