This is part of the $80 Family Favourites Christmas Lunch for 6 people.
Links to the full menu and prep guides will be published at the end of the week.
Not everyone likes Christmas Pudding. There, I said it.
It can hurt my pride to see people turn their noses up at something I’ve so lovingly prepared, but it happens every year whenever I try to persuade my family to eat Christmas Pudding. They don’t like it, preferring pavlova, trifle or mince pies instead. Continue reading Christmas – Chocolate Christmas Pudding
I love pears at this time of year and perhaps more than any other fruit in their extended family, they offer much more in the way of subtlety and nuanced notes in whatever dish they are put in. When we think of desserts, we know pears go well with honey, with butter, with red wine, with dark chocolate. But thyme?
I saw this recipe a while ago on Sprouted Kitchen and was taken with the idea of throwing a lot of thyme into a dish that was essentially a sweet dessert. I added some vincotto in place of vanilla and a few almond biscotti also found their way onto this plate rather than a sweet cream or ice cream on the side, but goodness me, the thyme shines through without overwhelming the dish or reminding you of a pork roast. Continue reading Desserts – Vincotto and Thyme Roasted Pears
I love a good steamed pudding but it’s a fine art to navigate the way between lumpen coma-inducing stodge and airy, light and fluffy cake. In addition, the inclusion of apples, and in this case, some rather delicious syrup, makes it especially important that there be a lightness of touch. A steamed pudding-lite, if you will.
So, to apples. There are a number of ways to go when pairing apples. With blackberries. With a rich, almost burnt, toffee syrup. Or with cinnamon.
In the end I included a cinnamon butter sauce in this mixture because as much as we all love toffee, making a sugar syrup tends to terrify most home cooks. Also, blackberries are out of season for now.
I made this, put it in the steamer, then walked away from the kitchen for almost two hours. It’s the perfect dessert for slow cooking or lazy weekend foods and it can then be sliced and re-heated in the microwave later in the week when you need speed on your side. Too easy.
Continue reading Dessert – Steamed Apple Pudding with Cinnamon Butter Sauce
Plums are a wonderful fruit to cook with and at this time of year offer sensational value. Different varieties of plums will be available until the end of May so use them up whenever you get the chance.
If you find a few in the bottom of the fridge getting a little too soft for lunch boxes, consider stewing them and adding them to a cobbler. A cobbler is very popular in the US and deserves more attention here. It’s especially useful if you don’t like making your own pastry as it’s a very forgiving dough and rises to an airy and fluffy texture. It’s perfect for the cooler evenings ahead.
Continue reading Desserts – Plum Cobbler
When I arrived at my new home, my lovely friend nominated this pudding as one of her favourites. Made with everyday pantry staples, including the last of the day-old bread you might otherwise throw away, this pudding has a lot going for it. It’s light, has a lovely meringue topping and has enough wow factor that you could easily serve it up to guests. Although it makes six generous serves, it was inhaled by just three people within moments.
It’s that good.
Continue reading Dessert – Queen of Puddings
From the US, a Brown Betty is a dessert based around stewed fruit and buttered crumbs. It’s perfect for using up stale bread or the last of the apples before the next shopping trip.
This makes the best of current-season Gala apples or Granny Smiths, but you can adapt it for any fruit you may have throughout the year – plums, peaches, pears, rhubarb and the like.
Continue reading Desserts – Apple Brown Betty
In the Leftover Lottery of life, it is possible – just possible – that you may have some hot cross buns that need using up. Perhaps they have been relegated to the freezer for another time. Perhaps there are one or two left on the bench top or in the bread bin, looking rather forlorn, rapidly reaching the point where you will have to throw them out.
You might even have some leftover easter chocolate and be desperate to use some up. Did someone say Nice Problem To have?
Continue reading Desserts – Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding
An Impossible Pie is one of those miraculous desserts that somehow separate out to form cake on top and sauce at the bottom, not unlike a lemon delicious or chocolate self-saucing pudding. When I was given this recipe by a friend it reminded me a little too much of lemon delicious, so I adapted it to include chocolate.
You could change this a myriad of ways to suit your preferences or to use up what you have in the cupboard. Vanilla works well, as does orange and maple syrup or lime and coconut, or banana and chocolate.
The result of this experiment? A dessert not unlike a soft Coconut Rough, with all the enjoyment this stroll down memory lane can provide.
Continue reading Dessert – Chocolate Impossible Pie
Pears are ridiculously good value at the moment and at just 99c a kilo, are irresistible, even when they are still too firm to eat. In fact, I prefer to buy them like this, as they will continue to ripen for days after you bring them home. It’s the ripe but still firm pears you want to make this stunning dessert.
A Tarte Tatin is not the ordeal you think it might be, although it does have a tricky bit at the end when you turn it out onto a plate. I can also guarantee that this dessert will not look like the perfect constructions you see on TV – it will look messy, caramel will ooze onto the plate and the pastry will soak it all up. It’s a messy tart, but it makes the most of one’s limited cooking skills or lack of confidence. It’s gloriously imperfect.
No wonder I love it so.
Continue reading Desserts – Pear Tarte Tatin
My local fruit shop is offering 20 limes for $3.00 and it was too good to walk past. I bought 10. They are small but very juicy and I spent quite some time thinking about ways to use them up. Luckily a tin of coconut milk in the pantry solved the problem.
Continue reading Desserts – Lime and Coconut Self-Saucing Pudding