Friday, 5 February 2010

Eve's Pudding

A traditional British pudding with a reference to the biblical Eve and the apples of the tree of knowledge.

Eve's Pudding is one of the nicest and most comforting desserts to have with custard.  I quite often throw in a handful of sultanas when the apples are cooking. I find it nicer to eat warm rather than piping hot though, you really get the tangy flavour of the apples.

Serves 4


450g cooking apples, cored, peeled and sliced
135g caster sugar
75g butter, at room temperature
100g self raising flour
2 eggs


Preheat the oven to 175C/350F/ gas 4

Put just enough water in a heavy pan to cover the bottom.  Add the sliced apple and 40g of sugar and cook gently until soft.

Turn the apples into a large, buttered oven-proof dish.

Cream the butter and sugar together, fold in the beaten eggs and the sifted flour in alternate spoonfuls, mix until blended.

Spoon over the apples to completely cover them.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and puffy.

Serve with hot custard or chilled cream.

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