Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding gives a citrus boost to a traditional Bread and Butter pudding. In addition to marmalade, it also includes fresh orange zest and orange liqueur which boost the citrus flavour.
I love traditional British puddings and think they are particularly well-suited to our somewhat cold and damp winters. Bread and Butter Pudding is probably one of the quickest and easiest to make. It was actually the first pudding I ever made when I was eleven in a school “domestic science” class and it has regularly featured in my children’s school cookery lessons over the years. It is the perfect pudding for children to make due to its simplicity. I make Bread and Butter Pudding a lot and it is pretty much my go-to recipe when I suddenly realise that I need to make something to follow the Sunday roast. It can be made very quickly and you are likely to have all the ingredients in your store cupboard.
This Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding is a traditional variant on the basic Bread and Butter Pudding. It is also known as Osborne Pudding, allegedly because Queen Victoria enjoyed it when she stayed at Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Osborne Pudding is generally made with brown bread but I use either brown or white depending on what I happen to have available. The fresh orange zest and orange liqueur are my additions, as I think they enhance the flavour, and are not traditionally included.
Other easy puddings
I do not have a particularly sweet tooth. I am definitely a crisps rather than chocolate kind of person. However, I do love a home-made pudding. During the week, we aim to be healthy and will eat fruit or sometimes yogurt after our evening meal. However, I generally cook a big Sunday lunch, including a roast for the meat-lovers, and I will always follow it up with a pudding. During the summer, I will often go for home-made ice cream which can be made in advance, often with a floral note such as Rose Ice Cream or Lavender Ice Cream, or something involving meringue such as my Lemon Pavlova. However, in winter I will go for something with a bit more substance! That is when I will produce Bread and Butter Pudding, fruit crumble or, a particular favourite with my youngest son, Banoffee Pie.
This Lime Cheesecake is the perfect dessert for a celebration or a family dinner. You can make it in advance, it does not require cooking and it has a fantastic combination of creaminess with zesty citrus. It is not too heavy which, combined with its citrus zest, makes it the perfect ending to a special meal.
I make all types of cheesecakes, and also desserts such as Banoffee Pie which have a similar biscuit base. There is something about the combination of the smashed-up buttery biscuit with a creamy topping which seems to be popular with all ages! Smashing up the biscuits is also quite therapeutic..
This is a no-bake recipe. I think the way that it works is almost magical. The citrus juices react with the cream cheese and the cream causing it to solidify. The mixture may seem too liquid when it is first combined but, once it has been poured into the tin and left for a couple of hours, it will have firmed up.
All things citrus – lovely limes and lovely lemons..
This tangy, make-ahead no-cook lime cheesecake is such an easy dessert. Its not too heavy and its zesty citrus flavour is perfect at the end of special meal.
175 g digestive biscuits
75 g butter
Grated zest and juice of 2 limes
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
115 g caster sugar
350 g cream cheese
150 ml double cream
Fresh lime slices to decorate (optional)
Crush the digestive biscuits into crumbs. I have two methods to do this – both equally therapeutic. Either I put the biscuits in a plastic sandwich bag and then bash with a rolling pin or I put the biscuits in a metal bowl (the one from my food processor is perfect) and bash with a rolling pin.
Melt the butter. I generally do this by putting it in a bowl and heating briefly in the microwave.
Stir the melted butter into the crumbs.
Press the buttery crumbs into a 20 cm loose-based flan or cake tin. Put the tin into the fridge while you get on and prepare the other ingredients. The butter will cool and solidify and mean that the base of your cheesecake is stable.
In a bowl, mix the zest and juice of the limes and lemon with the sugar and cream cheese.
Beat the double cream until it forms soft peaks and then fold it into the mixture. The mixture will look lumpy and also a bit runny. Do not worry – it is supposed to look like that!
Spoon the mixture over the biscuit crumb base.
Leave the cheesecake in the fridge for several hours, ideally overnight, to set. The acid from the citrus fruit will react with the cream and cream cheese and form a firm mixture so that it should be easy to remove from the tin when you are ready to eat it.
If you wish, you can decorate the top of the cheesecake with fresh lime slices or some grated lime zest.
This Cranberry Ice Cream is made with Fresh Cranberry Sauce which gives it the added flavours of white wine, orange and cinnamon. Using Fresh Cranberry Sauce, adds an extra dimension to this ice cream and makes it the perfect seasonal pudding.
Made from left-over Cranberry Sauce….
So, there are two ways you can go with this Cranberry Ice Cream. First off, if you have made some Fresh Cranberry Sauce to eat with your Christmas dinner and you have some left over, you can use any that is left over to make this ice cream. If you go down that route – and it is super-easy to make your own cranberry sauce – then making this ice cream is a doddle.
… or specially-made Cranberry Sauce
However, if you do not happen to have any surplus Fresh Cranberry Sauce to hand – and maybe you don’t really fancy it with your Christmas dinner (or maybe its not even Christmas) – you can make a batch to use as an ingredient in puddings. I have two excellent cranberry-based puddings on this blog each of which conveniently uses half a batch of my sauce recipe. One is this Cranberry Ice Cream and the other is my Cranberry Pavlova. Both are great at Christmas or New Year, when there are a lot of fresh cranberries about, and I think they are a brilliant alternative to heavy Christmas pudding! They are both sweet and creamy with the fruity tang of cranberries.
This Cranberry Ice Cream is made with Fresh Cranberry Sauce, which not only includes cranberries but is also flavoured with white wine, orange and cinnamon, adds an extra dimension and makes it the perfect seasonal pudding.
Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl until the mixture looks paler and resembles a mousse.
Put the cream in a saucepan and heat gently. Do not allow to boil – it will be the right temperature when you are just about able to bear to dip a finger in it!
Pour the cream into the bowl containing the egg yolks and sugar, whisking all the time.
Transfer the combined mixture into a bowl set over a pan of simmering water or, ideally a double-boiler, as you need to reheat it very gently.
The mixture will gradually thicken until it looks like a custard (which is what it is). Stir regularly to make sure it does not stick while it is thickening.
Remove the thick custard from the heat and transfer into a bowl.
If you are using my home-made Fresh Cranberry Sauce, you will need to use a food processor or hand-held blender to chop up the whole berries and create a rough paste before adding to the custard. If you are using smooth, ready-made Cranberry Sauce, you can just stir it into the custard.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then transfer to the fridge to become thoroughly chilled.
When you are ready to make the ice-cream, transfer to your ice-cream maker and use according to your machine’s instructions. If you do not have an ice-cream maker, you can place the mixture in a freezer-proof container, put in the freezer for several hours until half-frozen. Whisk the mixture and then return to the container and replace in the freezer until totally frozen.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own Fresh Cranberry Sauce – and it honestly is very quick and easy – you can use ready-made Cranberry Sauce although the flavour will not be as good unless you can find one that includes cinnamon, orange and white wine!
This Rhubarb Roulade is made from a quick and easy sponge cake rolled around a filling of Rhubarb Compote and whipped cream. The sponge and the Compote can be made a day ahead and then the Roulade assembled a few hours before it will be eaten. It looks beautiful, especially if it is dusted with icing sugar and then decorated with a few freeze-dried raspberries. It also tastes really good with a classic combination of sharp rhubarb, light buttery sponge and thick, whipped cream.
Rhubarb Compote is basically just fresh rhubarb cooked with sugar. It is a great basis for other rhubarb dishes, such as this Rhubarb Roulade, and is also the basis of another easy dessert recipe, Rhubarb Fool. I made a big batch of it, as I have a very productive rhubarb plant in my garden and then set about thinking about ways that I could use it.
As I was giving a special dinner, and needed an easy but show-stopping dessert, I immediately thought about making a roulade. They can be made in advance, assembled just before they are eaten, the combination of sponge, cream and fruit is generally popular with everyone and no one ever seems to realise how easy they are to make! Initially, I thought about making a more traditional Strawberry Roulade but then I thought about my Rhubarb Compote and decided to try something a bit different. I think the sweet-sour taste of the compote makes this dessert really special and, even though some of my guests were self-proclaimed rhubarb-haters, they all seemed happy to have second helpings.
This Rhubarb Roulade is a fantastic celebration dessert which looks beautiful and tastes delicious. It consists of light, airy sponge rolled around a combination of sweetened Rhubarb Compote and whipped cream.
Line your Swiss roll tin with baking parchment or grease-proof paper.
Combine the eggs and sugar and whisk until thick and foamy. This can take up to 5 minutes. This is one recipe where you really need a food processor with a whisk attachment or an electric whisk rather than attempting to do it with a hand whisk.
Fold the flour and baking powder into the foamy egg and sugar mixture.
Pour the combined mixture into your Swiss roll tin.
Put the tin in the oven and bake the sponge for 15 minutes until firm and golden.
Turn the cooked sponge onto another sheet of baking parchment or grease-proof paper on which you have sprinkled around a tablespoon of caster sugar.
While the sponge is still warm, roll it up so it looks like a Swiss roll with the paper inside. You need to roll it up while it is warm – you can’t do this when it has cooled off as the cake will crack! Allow to cool completely.
You need to construct your roulade a couple of hours before you are ready to eat it – otherwise, the filling will make it soggy. You need to unroll the sponge and remove the paper. Spread the Rhubarb Compote over the sponge and top it with the whipped double cream. Don’t spread filling too thick and don’t take it quite up to the edge of the sponge (leave a gap of a couple of centimetres). This will avoid too much squidging out when you roll the cake up again!
Roll the filled cake up into a Swiss roll shape again.
Dust with sieved icing sugar.
The cooking times given are for making the Rhubarb Roulade using Rhubarb Compote that you have already made. You will need to allow a further 45 minutes preparation and cooking time to make the Compote plus additional time to allow it to cool.
Rhubarb Fool – a delicious, creamy dessert using fresh rhubarb
Rhubarb Fool is a traditional English dessert, with the earliest recipes dating to the 17th century, which combines sweetened, cooked rhubarb with custard or whipped cream. This recipe is made slightly healthier by using a mixture of whipped cream and Greek yogurt. These are combined with Rhubarb Compote which is a simple sauce made from roasting fresh rhubarb with sugar.
I love the taste of rhubarb and believe that that it goes very well with anything creamy or milk-based. You just have to think of Rhubarb and Custard or Rhubarb Crumble with Cream. In this Rhubarb Fool recipe, the sharp, sweet-sour flavour of rhubarb is moderated by the cream and yogurt. This make is a perfect dish for those who are unsure about rhubarb and may even convert them. It is no coincidence that Gooseberry Fool, which uses another astringent fruit, is also a popular Fool recipe.