Sunday, October 05, 2008


Antonia over at Food, Glorious Food is hosting her first blogging event British Food Fortnight Challenge.

Antonia and I share a passion for puddings and so with this in mind, I have made Sussex Pond Pudding, I chose a Delia recipe I have yearned to make for a long, long time, but have never somehow got round to making.

Sussex Pond Pudding is usually made in a large glass bowl and steamed for about 3 hours. This is, to me, the best of all the suet puddings. A whole lemon is placed inside the suet lined bowl with equal quantities of butter and sugar placed around the lemon, this is then topped with a suet pastry lid.

Now for the pond, once you cut into the pudding the buttery, lemony juices pour out around the pudding creating a pond. A piece of the cooked lemon is served to everyone along with the pastry and juices.

Note - if you don't prick the lemon all over with a skewer before placing in the pastry lined bowl you risk the lemon and your pudding exploding - how do I know this you may ask, it happened to a friend of mine who had cooked this for us! Mary Norwak in her book of English Puddings, tells of a similar pudding where you leave the lemon whole and the pudding is called Lemon Bomb because of the exploding lemon!

There is also another version of this pudding that includes dried fruit to the mixture, and this is called Kentish Wells.

Recipes can be found in the following books, and obviously in many others - Jane Grigson in her book English Food, English Puddings by Mary Norwak and The Pudding Club.

Antonia has asked, as far as possible, to use British produce. For this challenge I used the following:

Self-raising flour Leckford Estate, Hampshire (purchased from Waitrose).
Wyke Farms, Somerset, farmhouse butter.
British milk.

Now back to Delia's recipe - these one portion size puddings were really easy to prepare, I was a little worried that I would be short of pastry to line the pudding basins, but as usual, Delia had allowed just the right amount. The pudding basins are lined with a very thin suet pastry. The addition of fresh white breadcrumbs to the suet mix, gave a very light texture to the pastry. This pudding certainly wasn't a poor relation to the huge pudding that would normally be served. Sussex Pond pudding isn't a pretty pudding, but boy does it taste good!!

Here is a lovely nineteenth-century rhyme - all about boiled puddings, of course.

Mother Eve's Pudding

If you want a good pudding, to teach you I'm willing,
Take twopennyworth of eggs, when twelve for a shilling,
And of the same fruit that Eve had once chosen,
Well pared and well chopped at least half a dozen;
Six ounces of bread (let your maid eat the crust);
The crumbs must be grated as small as the dust;
Six ounces of currants from the stones you must sort,
Lest they break out your teeth and spoil all your sport;
Six ounces of sugar won't make it too sweet,
Some salt and some nutmeg will make it complete,
Three hours let it boil, without hurry or flutter,
And then serve it up - without sugar or butter.


Antonia said...

I've been meaning to make this pudding for ages but never seem to have the right occasion - I can only imagine how wonderful if must taste! And I simply love that rhyme - I've not heard it before. This is a great entry - thank you so much.

Jan said...

Looks like one lovely, yummy pudding!
I like the lemon sauce and great pics too!

Bellini Valli said...

This is perfect for the lineup of British foods we will be seeing for the event!!!

Katelyn said...

Looks very scrumptious!

The Caked Crusader said...

I've always been fascinated by this pudding due to the whole lemons going into it. It certainly looks very beautiful.

Sylvie said...

Another new pudding I had never heard about, but feel I need to try!

Maria said...

A great entry for a great blog event! I've never made Sussez Pond Puddings (shame on me, being british and all..hehehe) but after seeing your delicious puds I must try this soon.


Dee said...

Great post! I love the pud - if I remember correctly. It's been a while. Your photos make them look amazing.

Rosie said...

A truly wonderful entry M for this event!! I adore Sussex Pond pudding when you cut into it and all that lemony buttery juices flow then you’re in foodie heaven!!

Rosie x

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hey Margaret
wow...i loved this sussex pond pudding and the process is so delicate...and insight of lemon makes it more interesting..i would like to try it, for sure !

Jan said...

I love suet puddings, and anything lemony is a bonus. A great entry, looks divine.

Cakelaw said...

Love the pudding - I have never tried this one. And the idea of a Lemon Bomb is somehow appealing - but in someone else's kitchen.

nicisme said...

Not had one before, but I'd love to try one now!

Sam said...

I've been meaning to try this pudding for a while now, yours looks absolutely delicious!

Sophie said...

This looks so tasty! :)

Rojario said...

I have pretty good passion for pudding from when I was growing up. My aunt is a masterpiece in making this. This recipe given here is pretty good. I will give it a try.

Ben said...

This pudding was one of my favourites as a child - and is still amongst the best of steamed puds as manages to be "light-ish"!

We knew it as a Sussex Puddle Pudding - presumably because it was served with a puddle of sauce.

Either way, it is lovely!!

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