Regular readers know that OH loves his puddings and as the wind was howling outside, we were halfway through the recent Calima, I thought a traditional steamed pudding would go down a treat, however I didn’t have a recipe and don’t even have a steamer. I decided to see what could be done, if anything, in the Slow Cooker that I bought whilst in the UK at Christmas. Fortunately Google came to the rescue, telling me puddings are easy in a SC and even supplied a recipe (needless to say I have tweaked it a little) for a good old fashioned Spotted Dick.
It takes less than 10 minutes to get all the ingredients out of the cupboard and mix. Then pop into the slow cooker on high for around 3 hours.
250g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon (I added this as I like a bit of spice)
125g shredded suet
80g caster sugar (I used brown as I also like a darker pudding)
finely grated zest 1 lemon *
finely grated zest 1 small orange *
150ml whole milk, plus 2-3 tbsp
Combine all ingredients. Now I didn’t have either an orange or a lemon but I did have flavourings that I picked up in Lidl. These come in tiny bottles and you only need a drop as the flavour is strong. They are brilliant.
Line the base of a well-greased 1 litre pudding basin, add the mixture and cover. Place in the slow cooker and add water until it comes halfway up the bowl. Put the lid on and cook on high for around 3 hours.
To serve lashings of custard.
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