i Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

Ah, Scotland’s favourite son.

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Baked rice pudding

Serves 6

Buttermilk pudding with blackberries, cobnuts and Kingston black

Although we have seen the last of the summer fruits there are still blackberries in the hedgerows for the picking. The other great ingredient in this pudding is Kingston black, one of Julian Temperley's apple brandy aperitifs which I love using in desserts (ciderbrandy.co.uk).

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Panna cotta

Serves 6

Kentish pudding

Serves 4-6

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Steamed lamb pudding

Ingredients to serve 6-8:

Great fire monument to reopen

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Equestrianism: Whitaker sets show on fire in Pudding Stakes

Robert Whitaker's attempt to repeat last year's achievement in becoming leading rider of the London International Horse Show at Olympia got off to a fine start yesterday when he won the KBIS Christmas Pudding Speed Stakes on Rusedski II.

Bread pudding

4-6 servings
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