Carrot Pudding with a Brown Sugar Sauce

Ingredients                                                                                                                     SDC14198_zpsea7ed4e8

7.5 ounces soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
4 ounces butter, softened (1/2 cup)
2 large free range eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 1/2 ounces plain flour (1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and ground cardamom
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated (1 cup)
2 medium potatoes, peeled and grated, squeezed dry ( 1 cup.  Squeeze all the water out and discard before measuring.)
6 ounces of sultana raisins (1 cup)

For the Brown Sugar Sauce:
3.75 ounces of soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup)
2 ounces butter (1/4 cup)
2 TBS golden syrup ( can use corn syrup)
125ml of double ( heavy or whipping) cream (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

 

Directions

Have ready a pot of simmering water, fitted with a steaming basket and a lid.  Butter a large pudding basin and set aside.

Cream together the brown sugar and butter.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Sift together the flour, soda, salt and spices.  Stir this into the creamed mixture.  Fold in the carrots, potatoes, and raisins.  Spoon the pudding into the prepared pudding basin.  Take a large sheet of foil.  Butter it well and make a pleat in the centre.  Fit this over the top of the pudding basin, leaving room for expansion.  Secure with a rubber band or some twine and make air tight.

Place this into the steamer basket over the boiled and simmering water.  Cover tightly with a lid.  Steam for 3 hours, checking periodically to make sure that the water doesn’t run dry.   Add more boiling water carefully as needed.

Remove the steamer basket.  Remove the foil carefully.  There will be steam.  Carefully slide a knife around the inside edge of the bowl to loosen.  Invert a serving plate over top and then carefully tip out the finished pudding.  Serve warm, cut into wedges along with the brown sugar sauce, custard, cream or ice cream.

To make the brown sugar sauce, place all of the ingredients into a small saucepan.  Bring to the boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally to help prevent it from catching, over a very low heat for about five minutes.

Note:  Any leftovers can be reheated by placing into a steamer basket and steaming over simmering water until heated through, or covered and heated for about 40 seconds in the microwave.

 

Variations on Sauce

Lemon Sauce

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons butter

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  • To make the lemon sauce, mix together 3/4 cup of sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Stir in hot water, butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Serve warm over the pudding.

 

Buttery Sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  • Buttery sauce: In a medium-size pot, combine butter or margarine, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Heat until the mixture is liquid. Spoon mixture over the warm carrot pudding to serve.

 

Cinnamon Sauce

1 1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1/3 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 c. evaporated milk

SAUCE: Bring sugar, corn syrup, water and cinnamon to a boil over medium heat. Boil 4 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk. Serve warm over pie.

 

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Apple Custard Tea Cake

Ingredients                                                                                 1175398_652155914839882_4875145781064818665_n

Cake
180 g butter
½ cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1¼ cups self-raising flour
⅓ cup custard powder
Topping
2 apples, thinly sliced
20 g butter, melted
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Custard
1½ tablespoons custard powder
1½ tablespoons caster sugar
1 cup milk
20 g butter
2 teaspoons vanilla essence

 

Method

1. Lightly grease a deep 23 cm round cake pan. Line base with paper. Lightly grease paper.
2. Custard: Combine custard powder and sugar in pan, gradually stir in milk until smooth.
3. Stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens.
4. Stir in butter and essence. Allow to cool.
5. Cake: Cream butter and sugar in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.,
6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating in well between additions.
7. Stir in flour and custard powder.
8. Spread half the cake mixture into prepared pan.
9. Spread with custard.
10. Place small amounts of remaining cake mixture over custard and gently spread with small spatula.

11. Arrange apples over top of cake mixture and brush with melted butter.
12. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
13. Bake at 180°C for approximately 1¼ hours. Cool in pan.

This cake is featured in the new edition (June 2014) of :-

Super Food Ideas magazine

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast

Ingredients

  • 12 slices home-style white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes, divided      974003

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cold cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • 12 large eggs

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 

  • Sauce:

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

  • 1 tablespoon butter

This recipe takes time before it is ready, but certainly so yummy once it is. Ideal treat for Mothers Day morning. It makes up about 12 servings in all.

Directions

  1. Generously grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Arrange half the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Evenly distribute cream cheese cubes over the bread cube layer; sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries atop cream cheese layer. Layer the remaining bread cubes over strawberry layer.
  3. Pour half-and-half into a blender; pulse for a few seconds. Blend eggs into half-and-half until fully incorporated. Add maple syrup and blend until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Remove baking dish from refrigerator 45 minutes before baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Bake the covered casserole in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until French toast is puffed and golden brown, about 30 more minutes.
  7. Stir sugar, water, and cornstarch together in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Mix 1 cup sliced strawberries into the sugar mixture; cook and stir until strawberries are softened, about 10 minutes. Add butter and stir sauce until butter is melted.

Original recipe from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Cream-Cheese-French-Toast