Sometimes there has to be pudding. And by pudding I do not mean fresh fruit. I mean sugar, carbs and cream. Oh yes.
When the urge for sweet carby comfort strikes and desire to make any kind of effort does not, try one of these ideas.
1) Chocolate toasties
Make sandwiches of white bread and chopped up chocolate. Butter the outsides of the bread and fry them in a non-stick pan. Weight them down with a heavy pan to speed melting if you are really desperate to stuff your face. Cream on top is good, as is vanilla ice cream.
2) Jam toasties and cream
My mum used to make these for us when we were little. Same principle as the chocolate toasties but with jam. Cream is essential here I think, or crème fraïche. The jam will be very hot so try to restrain yourself for a while to let it cool.
3) Bananas and Cream
Another one from my mum. Sliced bananas, brown sugar, handful of sultanas mixed with whipped cream. Nuts are a definite possibility.
4) Bread, Syrup and Clotted Cream
White bread, clotted cream and golden syrup. Absolutely gorgeous.
5) Water biscuits, crème fraîche and quince jelly
A lovely little pud. Spread water biscuits with crème fraîche and top with quince jelly. Also lovely with greengage or apricot jam. Really, any jam or jelly you fancy.
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Useful ingredients to keep at hand when you must have pudding
- Bread -white is really what you need in these situations.
- Frozen part-baked croissants. These ones from Waitrose are brilliant but you will have to wait 20 minutes for them to bake. Fill them with clotted cream and jam, fruit, squares of chocolate or Nutella.
- Puff pastry -you can get this in a block or ready rolled sheets. It takes about 20 minutes to bake. Spread a baked sheet of it with cream or ready-made custard and top with berries or sliced bananas and chopped nuts.Or make little chocolate sandwiches with uncooked pastry and bake. Nutella would work here too
- Bars of chocolate. There is an obvious danger here that you might eat them before they are needed for pudding emergencies. I find, surprisingly, that I manage to leave plain dark chocolate alone.
- Jams and jellies.
- Golden syrup, honey, maple syrup.
- Nutella -just spread it on bread and you have pudding.
- Sugar. Obviously. Dark brown sugar is very good with bananas and cream.
- Dried fruit.
- Desiccated coconut.
- Creamy stuff -clotted cream, crème fraîche, double cream or thick yogurt.