Sussex pond puddings with mandarin English cream

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  • Serves 8 people

This is our take on an English classic. You'll need about five lemons for this recipe.

  • 300 gm butter
  • 50 gm each caster and brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 120 ml lemon juice and finely grated rind of 3 lemons, plus 1 extra lemon, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ tbsp brown sugar mixed with juice of 1 lemon, to serve
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  • Suet pastry
  • 250 gm self-raising flour
  • 140 gm (1 cup) finely processed cleaned suet
  • 50 gm fine soft white breadcrumbs
  • Pinch baking powder
  • 120-160 ml milk
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  • Mandarin English cream
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 120 gm caster sugar
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 mandarin
01   Combine butter and sugar in a saucepan, stir over medium heat until butter melts (3-5 minutes). Set aside to cool, whisk in remaining ingredients, refrigerate until thick (1 hour).
02   Meanwhile, for suet pastry, combine all ingredients in a bowl (except milk), gradually add enough milk to bring pastry together, turn onto a work surface, knead gently to combine. Divide into 8 pieces, roll each into a 15cm round. Line 8 buttered 175ml metal dariole moulds with pastry. Fill three-quarters full with lemon sauce, fold excess pastry to meet in the middle, press to seal. Cover each with baking paper and foil, secure tightly with string. Place in a saucepan, pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of moulds, cover with a lid and cook over medium heat until cooked through (1½ hours; top up with more boiling water if necessary).
03   Meanwhile, for mandarin English cream, bring milk to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale. Add milk mixture, whisk to combine, return to pan and stir continuously over low heat until mixture thickly coats the back of a spoon (5-10 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl placed over ice, stir occasionally until cool. Add mandarin juice and rind, refrigerate until chilled (1 hour). Just before serving, blend with a hand-held blender to add air, then spoon over hot puddings and drizzle with brown sugar mixture to taste.

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

LYNSEY FRYERS-HEDRICK AND LISA FEATHERBY

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Aug 2010

Aug 2010

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