These Matthew Walker puddings are rich, but light and delicious – and they have some delicious gluten free versions of traditional British steamed puddings
It’s National Pudding Day on Friday the 18th of November. There’s something wonderfully British and comforting about that word “pudding”; to me it evokes images of a rich, fruit filled shape, trailing a delicious steam replete with sweetness and spice. And while there might be some discussion on what to call the course of a sweet dish at the end of a meal – is it a pudding? a sweet? a dessert? – there is no doubt in my mind that a steamed sponge is, and always will be, a pudding.
Puddings, like bacon and eggs for breakfast, are absolutely and quintessentially British, but that doesn’t mean that a good pudding isn’t a delight. The real secret, of course, is for a pudding that’s rich and flavourful, but not heavy and stodgy, because a leaden spoonful of sticky concrete does nobody any good. And while you might think that a pudding will take ages as it sits, steaming away, but there are several ways of making quick and easy ones using the microwave. On the other hand, there are still times where traditional methods and taking a bit longer really pays dividends; a Christmas pudding being the best example.
The quickest and easiest method is to buy a ready made pudding. What really wonderful about these is that they’re available in individual portions, ready for a quick steam or microwave. We tried three puddings from Matthew Walker: two gluten free individual pots (one a syrup sponge, the other a Christmas pudding), and one toffee & chocolate melt sized for three.
The syrup sponge and Christmas puddings were both excellent, and we couldn’t really tell that they were gluten free. The Christmas pudding, in particular, was nicely – not over – spiced, with plenty of dried fruit. The syrup sponge had that traditional bottom of Golden Syrup that oozed down the sponge when it’s turned out onto a plate. I was interested to see that the ingredients list Golden Syrup itself, and not a substitute. Sometimes nothing but the real thing will do! We thought that having a traditional individual steamed pudding available for anybody who’s gluten intolerant is a real winner, and means that they don’t have to feel left out.
The toffee and chocolate melt likewise had the sauce at the bottom of the bowl which coated the sponge when turned. The blend of dark chocolate and toffee was nicely balanced: we did think that the combination of sticky toffee and chocolate puddings was a real winner and removes all worries about choice between the two.
Of course, all three benefit from a dollop of something indulgent: cream, custard or brandy butter for the Christmas pudding. As it’s the season for invigorating walks in the cold, a little indulgence really helps keep the spirits up. All three the puddings are good value at about £1.50 to £2.00 for the individual pots, and £3.50 for the larger toffee and chocolate. All in all excellent!
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