I’m not a big fan of winter. I like sunshine, it makes me happy. There is nothing better than a gorgeous picnic in the park on a hot summer’s day, reading the papers, drinking champagne ….
I know, I know, there’s no point pining after the sunshine at this time of year. It’s a long time til it will be back and I need to focus on the positive.
So, in the spirit of positive thinking, here is a list of things I like about winter:
4. Open fires
5. Stodgy puddings
Don’t get me wrong, I am perfectly happy to eat pies and stodgy puddings all year round but it’s not quite the same is it? There’s nothing better on a cold miserable day than tucking into a decent beef pie or a sticky toffee pudding with lashings of custard.
So, I was absolutely delighted when I arrived at a friends house to find out he had whipped up a syrup sponge pudding for our dinner.
The recipe was courtesy of The Hairy Bikers and you can get the full details below.
You basically just need to whisk together 50g golden syrup, 175g butter, 125g caster sugar, 3 eggs and 175g self raising flour. Then mix in the zest of a lemon, pour 50g golden syrup in the bottom of a 2 pint pudding basin, followed with the mixture and steam for 1 and 3/4 hours.
Absolutely delicious – thanks Phil!
It was surprisingly very light and fluffy but it still had the comfort factor. I particularly enjoyed the lemony flavour, almost like a warm lemon drizzle with golden syrup poured over.
I would thoroughly recommend making this if you have people over for Sunday lunch this winter.
I will be and I’ll be serving it with a vat of custard!