Do not dessert me……………

This week it’s the turn, or should I say re-turn, of the sweet tooth.
Most times, I am happy enough to forego a dessert, picking up grapes or having yoghurt, but there are times when a sticky toffee pudding calls, and I have to turn a deaf ear.
It’s not easy!

During Hubby’s stay in hospital, he avoided the prepacked sandwiches (Listeria outbreak in the news) and opted mainly for a jacket potato with cheese, or just as a side with something else. By all accounts, the beef casserole and chicken curry were decidedly scrummy, as were the crumble and spotted dick with custard.

I cannot make custard for toffee. It’s a packet job, one where you empty the contents into a jug and add boiling water, and even then if I time it wrong, Lumps R Us make their presence known.
However, Crumble is my forte as you will realise if you read this post and Hubby did say that although the hospital one was nice, it wasn’t as good as ‘Di’s Made’.
Mum was Queen of the Steam Puddings though, using suet, flour and sugar, she’d put the mix in a basin, wrap it in a cloth and then steam it for a couple of hours (and she made proper custard too).

Now I’m lazy, and make what I call a ‘stodge’. It’s a sort of steam pudding but done in the microwave, and takes two – five minutes depending on size. If I have golden syrup, I make a proper ‘treacle stodge’, but more often than not (read because I don’t BUY said golden syrup), I throw in a handful of sultanas and voila, spotted dick.

My recipe is easy (serves 1 to 2):

2 tablespoons of SR flour
handful of sultanas
1 egg
a little milk if necessary to bind to a dryish ‘cake’ mix consistency. Do not make it sloppy.

You mix it all together then put it in the microwave for 2 minutes on high.
If it’s still a bit runny, cook it for another 1 or 2 minutes until firm to the touch.

You can add a tablespoon of sugar if you like, but for us, it’s sweet enough without.
(The same goes if using syrup, which you would put in a bowl and then put your mix, minus sultanas, on top).
If you fancied a chocolate pudding, simply add a tablespoon of drinking chocolate powder.

Note: it will rise, A LOT, so make sure your raw mix doesn’t fill your cooking receptacle.
I use a large pint mug. Also, it does not keep, and if not eaten more or less immediately, will set like concrete and you could donate it to Trump for his wall.

Now, whilst I cooked one of these for Hubby today (sorry, no picture but will try and remember next time I found these in another post),

I had to have something a bit more ‘diet’ conscious, so opted for ginger and apple crunch.

I broke up 2 gingernut biscuits (2½ syns each, as are digestives, or you could have rich tea at only 2 syns but they’re not as good IMO), and chopped up a red gala apple. I added half a dozen halved grapes, and 1 syn’s worth of fat free vanilla yoghurt.
It has a zingy taste, especially if left for a few minutes so that the ginger absorbs into the yoghurt.
It was rather nice to satisfy my sweet tooth and a good substitute for stodge and custard!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Do not dessert me……………

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    I’m not much of a sweet eater, but your ginger spple crunch definitely appeals to me. Must try that. Hope your hubby is feeling better.

    • Thanks Fransi. He’s had a good day, catching up on his sleep mostly, but at least he;s more relaxed now that he’s home.
      I quite often crumble biscuits (or meringues) and add fruit and yoghurt for a tasty dessert, Gingernuts are always good as they have that extra ‘kick’.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Everyone is always exhausted after a hospital stay. They are noisy and no one sleeps well. When I volunteered at a hospital here some of the nurses I worked with told me one of the reasons patients are sent home so quickly nowadays is because they do better at home. Of course costs and room shortages are part of it too, but I do believe it’s better to be home.

        I love ginger, always have.

      • I make a nice ginger and pineapple sauce to go with chicken or pork. I used fresh whenever I can.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Ginger and pineapple is delicious with pork. Yum!

  2. Tried your pudd with gluten free flour. It worked well.

  3. Sadje says:

    My cravings for something sweet after dinner are the death of my diet every time!

  4. tockwith says:

    Looks so nice! Sometimes comfort food is what we needs and combined the love of the cook who prepared it is a wonderful combination. 😁

    • I made cheesecake today. Totally indulgent as my plan for low fat alternative ingredients didn’t work. I did halve the calories/syns by giving half of it to my neighbour who is expecting visitors, Hubby had a slice (so far no repercussions) and it will last three days so maybe not as bad as it could be.

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