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.
This is only the second month of me doing the Daring Bakers Challenge and I was dissapointed with the task this month. Suet. Yuck. I use dried suet when we make Christmas Puddings, but as the weather is warm in England a steamed pudding of any kind just wasn’t what I fancied making and apart from the Christmas Pudding I have never eaten a steamed pudding before. I found finding a recipe quite hard too, but settled for Steamed Summer Pudding by Richard Doyle who appeared on the BBC programme ‘Masterchef’.
It was easy to make, and I used frozen berries from the supermarket. I wish that I had added more sugar than the recipe had started as the berries were quite tart. The pastry was also easy to make and I cut out the sections to fit into the bowl. But when it had been steamed it just didn’t look attractive – you could still see the imprints of the suet.
Mum ate hers, dad wouldn’t try it and I picked at the fruit. Not one that I will be trying again. I think I will stick to Christmas Pudding making instead.
I have checked on the Daring Bakers site, and other people made beautiful looking puddings. I may have to give another pudding a go as I feel that I may have failed this task by not trying hard enough.