Monday, June 09, 2008

Queen of Puddings

It's the Queen's Birthday holiday for most of Australia (Western Australia celebrates later in the year) so I thought it would be a fitting occasion to make a regal dessert - Queen of Puddings.

I've taken inspiration from Delia Smith for this recipe as she is, in her own way, the queen of the kitchen and a bit of an English institution.

You might be asking what exactly is the Queen of Puddings - well, there's a custard base, jam and a fluffy meringue top and it looks like this

Queen of Puddings©

Queen of Puddings
[Adapted from Delia Smith - Makes 4 individual puddings]

280 mls milk
5 grams butter
50 grams white breadcrumbs (I made them from leftover sour dough - no crusts)
15 grams caster sugar
1 lemon, zested
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons raspberry jam
2 egg whites
15 grams caster sugar, extra

Bring the milk to boiling point - take off the heat and then stir in the breadcrumbs, butter, caster sugar and lemon zest.

Allow this to cool before proceeding.

Beat the egg yolks until creamy and then stir it through the milk mixture.

Spoon out into 4 small soufflé dishes.

Queen of Puddings© - ready for the oven

Bake in a preheated 160°C/320°F for about 20-30 minutes or until just set.

Place the jam into a small pan and place over a low heat - stir until the jam has melted. Spoon the melted jam onto the cooked puddings.

Queen of Puddings© - jam topping

Place the eggwhites into a bowl and whisk. Slowly incorporate the extra caster sugar ensuring it is well dissolved into the meringue.

Spoon the meringue over each pudding - no need to be precise, just dome the meringue roughly over the top.

Queen of Puddings©

Return to the oven and bake until the meringue is golden - about 10 - 15 minutes.

Queen of Puddings©

You can eat these cold but seriously, I don't know if anyone can really wait that long!


  1. AnonymousJune 09, 2008

    Wow! This has to be the cutest pudding I've ever seen

  2. AnonymousJune 09, 2008

    Oh! Delicious! Happy Birthday to the Queen. ;-)


  3. That certainly is the Queen of puddings! Hail to the Queen!!

  4. AnonymousJune 10, 2008

    you're not kidding about the queen of puddings. the meringue is like a little crown!

  5. What an adorable little pudding!

  6. Thanks Simran - it tastes even better!

    Thanks Paz - I made some extra for the Queen but she never turned up ;)

    Thanks Marie - the name is well deserved!

    It does look like a crown Michelle.

    Thanks S&S!

  7. This takes me back to my childhood, my Mom would make this on special winter days.

  8. Hi Rose - I can imagine it must have been a wonderful treat indeed!

  9. AnonymousJuly 22, 2008

    Yum! I used coconut instead of breadcrumbs :)

  10. That certainly is a different approach Daniel!


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