le 10 août 2014
I came across this book in a bookshop and as it was cheap I decided to give it a try. I have read all the recipes but I have tried only one, the Custard Tart which I have to confess that I didn’t like. I am now going to try another recipe of the same Tart, I think that it is a Delia Smith one. The book lacks a bit of imagination, it is a bit too low key and not all recipes have a photo, something I always enjoy. The photos are mostly also not that good, they are a bit dull maybe in an effort to make them appear vintage. I am not sure that so many steamed puddings will be to my taste, many of them sound like cakes but the only difference is that they are steamed and from what I read I won’t be surprised if they are very sweet, something I dislike but so far I give this book the benefit of the doubt and anyway, if it turns out that I don’t like British puddings I can’t blame the book for that, can I? I would like to be present at one of the Pudding Club meetings, they sound like fun and sleep in one of the themed bedrooms also because I have never been to the Cotswolds. The book has quite a good index which I always value because it makes the finding of the recipes so much easier. There are old school pudding recipes, puddings for festive occasions, Summer puddings, chocolate and nut puddings, forgotten puddings, winter puddings, etc.
I wish that they had adapted the recipes to just one size of tin of each type. It is not very wise to expect people to buy all kinds of sizes in all kinds of types and it is more difficult for us to scale the recipes then for them! Measurements in metric and imperial.
I will post an update as soon as I have tried more recipes but if you are a real fan of British puddings… then I suppose this is the book for you!