Daring Bakers: Chocolate Steamed Pudding…
The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.
Um…well… *sheepish grin* you see… I wasn’t very daring this month. Suet is just not my thing. I know this blog is not the poster blog for healthy eating, but something about suet just makes me a bit queasy. Maybe it is my ignorance about it that puts me off. I’ve heard many conflicting opinions about it and so I’ve decided I’m staying out of it. Thankfully that wasn’t a compulsory part of this month’s challenge! Esther allowed us to use butter or another appropriate type of fat, as long as it was made in a traditionally British way.
I searched around and found a recipe for a chocolate steamed pudding, using butter instead of suet. It seemed like the best option for me, and so I got to work. I was nervous at first but it turned out not to be too difficult. It just takes time and therefore patience. Not easy for me as I was convinced that it was going to flop and I would open up the pot after 1 1/2 hours to find a big gooey chocolaty mess. (although that sounds quite yummy too) But it did no such thing and out came a spongy, moist dome of chocolaty goodness.
What I love about The Daring Kitchen is that it ‘forces’ us to try cooking techniques that we would have otherwise stayed away from. So thank you Esther for a brilliant and versatile challenge! The Recipe can be found here.
Go check out the other Daring Bakers entries! They are amazing.