Earl of Sussex pudding
Over the past few years we have been using bergamot in the restaurants for cocktails; the actual bergamot orange is a fine fruit that is grown in southern Italy and is a member of the citrus family, but is more well known for flavouring Earl Grey tea than appearing in cocktails. To create this dish, I experimented with the fruit and substituted a lemon for a bergamot and incorporated it into one of my favourite puddings, the Sussex pond.
250g self-raising flour
125g shredded beef suet or vegetable suet
300g unsalted butter, softened
200g soft light brown sugar
1 lemon (or a bergamot if you can get hold of one)
Mix the flour and suet in a bowl. Mix into a dough with the milk. The dough should be firm enough to roll out into a circle large enough to line the pudding basin.
Cut a quarter out of the circle, so that you can make a cone shape with the dough to fit more easily in the pudding basin, and leaving you leftover dough for the lid. Put this slice of dough aside.
Butter a pudding basin well; drop the pastry into it, flattening it at the bottom, and joining up the edges where the slice was taken out.
Mix the sugar and butter together; put it into the lined basin. Prick the bergamot all over as much as you can with a roasting fork or skewer so that the juices can escape, then push it into the butter mixture.
Remould the pastry for the top and roll it out into a circle to fit the top of the pudding bowl. Lay it over the filling and press the edges of the dough together so that the filling is sealed in.
Take a piece of foil big enough to fit over the basin with an extra 5cm all round. Make a pleat down the middle of the foil, place over the top of the basin; tie in place with string like a parcel – with a string handle so it can be lifted in and out of a saucepan.
Put enough water in a pressure cooker to go halfway up the bowl, place the bowl in, bring to the boil, close the lid and cook for 1½hours. Lift out, remove the foil and loosen the sides with a knife. Put a deep dish over the basin and quickly turn upside down. The centre will collapse and the syrup will ooze out. Serve with thick clotted or Jersey cream.
Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt
When teaching the meaning of Christmas backfires
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
iJobs Food & Drink
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...
£27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...
£23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...
£29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A HGV Class 2 Lorry Driver is required t...