Toffee Apple Puddle Pudding

Toffee Apple Puddle Pudding – A magic dish of light fluffy sponge hiding a layer of caramel apples encased in a gooey toffee sauce that bakes right there in the dish!

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Toffee Apple Puddle Pudding - A magic dish of light fluffy sponge hiding a layer of caramel apples encased in a gooey toffee sauce that bakes right there in the dish! | thehecticcookcom

Do you know about Puddle Puddings? The magic, that is Puddle Puddings? They’re amazing (I’m easily impressed ok). You make a cake batter, pour over a watery concoction that doesn’t look like anything, shove it in the oven, then when you take it out there’s a lovely sponge topping and a gooey sauce underneath. A. Maz. Ing.

I’ve made a chocolate puddle pudding for a while now, but came across the idea for a toffee apple one only recently. We have a teeny tiny apple tree in our garden, it was planted at the start of this year. Well it only went and produced 13 apples this autumn. Go little tree! So I was looking for what I could make with the apples, after I’d obviously made a crumble. I found a couple of different recipes for apple puddings and combined them to make this one.

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Ingredients (Serves 8)

Apples:

3 large apples (or 5 small if you can be bothered to peel them)
30g (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
30g (2 tbsp) brown sugar

Cake Batter:

275g (2 heaped cups) self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
140g (¾ cup) caster sugar
pinch of salt
100g (1 stick) butter, melted
250ml (1 cup) milk
2 large (3 medium) eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sauce:

160g (1 cup) dark brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
300ml (1¼ cups) boiling water

Notes:

  • Don’t be put off by a reasonably long list of ingredients. This is super simple to make.
  • I used bramley apples because I prefer the tartness of the apple alongside the sweetness of the toffee sauce. But use whatever you like/have to hand.
  • Type of sugar isn’t drastically important here – you could use granulated for the cake batter – but do use dark brown sugar for the sauce. You’ll get a richer toffee sauce.
  • The conversion to cups is slightly rounded, but should produce the same results.

1. Peel, core and dice the apples. Then add them to a pan with the butter and sugar. Over a medium-low heat gently cook the apples until they are slightly softened (my kids don’t like remotely hard fruit in their puddings so I have to cook mine until it’s practically puree, but you be the judge of when your apples are cooked to your liking).

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I cooked the whole pudding in my shallow cast iron pan because it can go from hob to oven, is big enough, and looks nice for the photos. If you don’t have a dish that is big enough and can go from hob to oven, just cook the apples in a pan, then transfer them to a 2 litre ovenproof dish (like a casserole dish) before adding the batter on top.

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2. Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan) / 300°F.

3. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt.

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4. Melt the butter, then add the milk, eggs and vanilla.

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This mixture can go a bit goopy as the butter solidifies a bit when you add the cold milk, but don’t worry, it’ll be just fine.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir well to form a batter.

Toffee Apple Puddle Pudding - A magic dish of light fluffy sponge hiding a layer of caramel apples encased in a gooey toffee sauce that bakes right there in the dish! | thehecticcookcom

Pour this evenly over the apples.

6. Mix together the dark brown sugar, syrup and boiling water.

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Then carefully pour this all over the batter. It’ll look strange, but go with it.

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7. Pop this (carefully) into your preheated oven and cook for around 45 minutes. The middle should be cooked and a skewer inserted will come out free of batter.

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Serve with your choice of side – I like either ice-cream or custard – making sure you get a good scoop of toffee sauce from underneath with every spoonful.

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If you’ve never made a puddle pudding before, the point at which you pour a watery sauce over the cake batter can seem fairly strange. But stick with it, have faith, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Happy cooking!

If this still seems like too much work why not try my Banana Microwave Pudding which really is ridiculously quick and simple.

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Microwave Banana Pudding

This is a really quick and simple pudding, that you can throw together at a moments notice, and that actually tastes really good (despite what it looks like!).

It would appear that spring has sprung in the UK. And just in time (barely) for Easter. Yesterday, we decided to go with the majority and head out into the great outdoors. We took a trip to the lovely Blenheim Palace which is luckily on our doorstep. It would appear that everyman and his dog had decided on Blenheim too.

As we headed out the door, the Husband and I looked at the two modest rucksacks we’d packed. And we paused for a second. Surely we’d missed something? Surely there was at least half a car-loads worth of ‘stuff’ not yet packed? But no! We have (finally) reached a point where we can leave the house without mounting a full-scale expedition. Result!

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Trying to then get four children to pose sweetly (or indeed just look kind of in the vague direction of the camera) was, to be fair, never going to happen. But we survived. We didn’t lose anyone. There was no blood, poo or wee involved (that was a different weekend). A pretty successful outing!

Dinner has to be fairly easy when you’ve been out all day, so the kids had my Cheats Tuna Pie, and the Husband and I had leftover lamb. I do like a pudding on a Sunday though. Admittedly, yesterday wasn’t a Sunday, but it was Easter Monday, so as close as dammit. This banana pudding is so quick and easy, you can knock it out in under 15 minutes. The original recipe is another BBC Goodfood recipe, I’ve just tweeked it a wee bit.

Ingredients

100g butter
2 bananas
100g light brown soft sugar (any brown, or even granulated/caster sugar would do)
100g self-raising flour
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g chocolate chips

1. Place the butter in a 1-litre microwavable dish and microwave until melted (30 second bursts, should take under 1 minute).

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Add the 2 bananas and mash into the butter.

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2. Add the sugar and the flour, and give a good thorough mix, either with a fork or a whisk.

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3. Stir through the vanilla extract (it’s not essential, but it adds extra flavour) and chocolate chips.

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4. Microwave on high for 8 minutes (800W microwave), until slightly risen and cooked through.

Microwave Banana Pudding - a really quick and simple pudding that tastes really scrumptious | thehecticcook.com

This is not a pretty pudding. I sprinkled it with a little icing sugar before photographing to try to ‘jazz’ it up a little. The chocolate chips tend to sink to the bottom pretty much so you have a layer of chocolate at the base. You could try sprinkling some chips on the top just before microwaving, see how that goes. But this is actually really tasty. I serve it with custard and it tends to go down a storm (except with Alice who ‘doesn’t do pudding’ – she just gets a bowl of custard. I can’t be held accountable for all of my kids).

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It also uses up any old and browning bananas you might have. Quick, simple, winner.

Happy cooking!

 

White Chocolate 'Bread & Butter' Pudding

This White Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding is a gorgeously decadent version of the traditional bread and butter pudding. Utterly sinful and truly devine!

Before we get to the recipe, I thought I’d share this, especially after what I said in my Mushroom Stroganoff blog. My girls go to nursery for a couple of days during the week. They bring a LOT of ‘artwork’ home – which I’m obviously treasuring. In the recycling bin. Ahem. They’re latest creations were ‘Caterpillar Hats’. This is them:

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I’ll give you a second to find the hat made by Alice….

She dances to her own tune that one. And if you can’t see anything ‘different’ in the photo, you’d get along great with my eldest daughter 😉

So today’s blog is all about pudding. I wish I could make pudding every day. I just love pudding. But unfortunately my ‘metabolism’ won’t allow it. Anyone else have this problem??

This is a take on the traditional bread and butter pudding, made a bit more fancy schmancy with the addition of white chocolate and the use of a sweet bread. The original recipe is by Phil Vickery (I have his condensed milk pudding recipe book – it’s amazing!) which you can find here, but I’ve changed the dark chocolate to white, and used panettone (in this instance) instead of croissants, plus simplified the cooking method slightly. I have made the original recipe before which is absolutely fantastic too, in case you feel like giving it a go.

But onto this recipe.

Ingredients

Sweet bread
200g white chocolate
300ml milk
600ml double cream
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
4 egg yolks
170g condensed milk

 

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Note:

I used panettone this time as I had some leftover from Christmas. However, had I not, I would have used either croissants or brioche, and added a couple of handfuls of sultanas sprinkled over. You could even use simple buttered bread, again adding some dried fruit. And quantities are pretty flexible – I tend to just fill the dish I’m using. But generally, 6-8 croissants/brioche rolls would be about right.

1. Butter your ovenproof dish (at least 2.4 litres/4.25 pints capacity). I’ll admit that I find buttering anything is easiest using my (clean, obv) hands.

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And chop up the chocolate into fine shards. Basically get it quite small so that it melts easier.

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2. If you’re using croissants/brioche rolls, cut them in half lengthways and arrange them in your dish. I just tore my panettone slices into large pieces and overlapped them a bit in the dish, then chucked the crumbs over. Don’t be fussy, just try to get your layer(s) even. Mine looked like this for comparison:

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Nothing neat about that!

3. In a saucepan, gently heat the milk, cream and nutmeg until almost coming to the boil.

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Whilst this is warming, put the egg yolks and condensed milk in a bowl, and whisk to combine. Then top with the white chocolate.

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4. Pour the hot milk/cream over this mixture and stir until the chocolate has melted. Pour this over the bread and  push everything down to get it nice and soaked. Leave this to stand for about an hour (if you can – if you can’t, any ‘standing’ will do).

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5. Pop this into a preheated oven, 160°C (fan)/325°F/Gas Mark 3, for about 25-30 minutes. You want this mostly set, but still with some sauce.

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I served this with ice-cream, but it doesn’t really need anything else (although I’d still serve it with ice-cream – I love ice-cream).

It’s a fairly flexible recipe. Change the bread; add fruit, chocolate chips; change the white chocolate to dark (you’ll only need 100g); spread the bread with nutella – whatever takes your fancy. Just keep the milk/cream/eggs the same,  and go for your life!

White Chocolate Bread & Butter Pudding - A decadent take on the traditional Bread & Butter Pudding. Utterly sinful, but devine! | thehecticcook.com

Happy cooking!

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