Apr 27, 2010

The Daring Bakers' Challenge: Traditional British Pudding

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.

The required elements of this challenge were:
1) to make a suet pudding using real suet or as close a replacement as we can manage or is acceptable to us; and
2) to cook it by steaming or if we want to be even more traditional by boiling tied up in a cloth.

The Original Recipe Sources:
Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course, The pudding club, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management and the Dairy Book of Home Cooking and Esther's family’s recipe notes!

So I´m here with this British pudding recipe. It's something special, because it's my first daring bakers' challenge! I´m officially a member, wonderful! However, let's get to the pudding. The pudding is made using suet, which is pretty hard to get here in the Czech Republic. To be honest, you cannot get it almost anywhere. Even though I went to try to get some in local butcher's. In fact I visited all of them, which means six shops. In four of them I was told this: "Oooh, that's something we DO NOT have!" I got really funny answers in the remainig two stores. Once again I asked about the suet and for the first time the answer was positive. I thought I won. At least until she asked me what I wanted it for. When I told her about the British pudding, she looked at me and said: "That must be extra fresh, mustn't it?" I nodded in agreement. And then she replied: "We don't have anythig fresh in here!" So that's absolutely perfect. Well, my question was the same in the last remaining store and the reply? Pretty odd: "We don't have anything like that. We don't sell meat!" So now I know there's no meat at butcher's :D Because of this I had to replace the suet with old ordinary lard.
We had some choices - whether to do a savoury pudding or a sweet one. I chose Sussex Pond Pudding. But I tried to go wild (as Esther suggested) and changed some stuff in filling :)

Apr 17, 2010

Blueberry Roll

Today's no.1 is this luscious blueberry roll. This roll is filled with blueberries. I've decided to make a roll because my last one was an absolute disaster. It was all fluid and liquid and not at all thickened. So this is the reason. By the way this was just perfect :) Past tense because it's not any more - it's already eaten :D

Apr 10, 2010

Cinnamon Blessings

This is a very old and traditional Czech recipe usually made during carnival which takes place every year in March. However, they can be made during whole year because they are pretty good :) The recipe itself is very easy and fast. I made them in the evening because I felt like eating something sweet yet crispy in the same time. Both the preparation and frying only take a few minutes. Thanks to the frying they become nicely crispy.

Apr 2, 2010

Judases (Jidase)

Easter is coming and in my country almost everybody bakes these traditional buns - Jidase (transalted to English - Judases). They are baked on Maundy Thursday in the Czech Republic - that's where I live. This sweet pastry is supposed to symbolize the ropes the apostle Judas hanged himself on aftter betraying Jesus. That's the explanation for their name. They are eaten for breakfast, brunch or lunch in czech families. Traditionally they're served with honey and/or butter and, of course, they're the best when still hot and warm.
Well, truth to be said, I made them for the first time today, but they turned out to be just great. Next time I'd add more sugar though, and lemon rind, too - its flavour wasn't too strong.