Friday, 2 May 2008

Great British Pudding Challenge: Queen of Puddings

I know I'm a few days late but I really wanted to do the April Great British Pudding Challenge that Rosie from Rosie bakes a 'Peace' of cake hosts. I loved the sound of this pudding with the sponge, jam and meringue and it was a tasty pudding.

I halved the recipe seeing as there's only 2 of us in our house.

Here's the recipe as Rosie typed it:

Queen of Puddings

Serves 4


75g (3 oz) fresh breadcrumbs, made for day old bread
25g (1 oz) butter
Grated rind of half a lemon
100g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 large eggs
275ml (½ pint) of whole milk
3 tbsp raspberry jam – heated through

You will need a well buttered 1.2 litre (2 pint) pie-dish.


Put the breadcrumbs into a large basin and leave aside. Place into a saucepan the milk, half of the sugar, butter and lemon rind and bring to the boil. Pour this over the breadcrumbs and leave to soak for 20 minutes. Separate the eggs and add the egg yolks to the crumb mixture and beat through. Place the whites of the eggs into a clean grease-free bowl for later use.

Place into the centre of a preheated oven 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4 for 20 minutes or until set. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then spread the warmed jam over the top gently, (ensuring not to break the skin that has formed on top.) Beat the egg whites until stiff then gently add the sugar folding in. Pile the meringue on top of the jam and sprinkle with the extra tablespoon of sugar over the meringue top. Place back into the oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the meringue is set and lightly browned.

Serve with cream, custard, ice cream or on its own the choice is yours.


  1. Mmmm... I've never had this, but it looks wonderful and sounds as though it'd be a little like bread pudding.
    Ann at Redacted Recipes

  2. Just stopping by to say hello Ruthy!

  3. Ruth this looks so yummy!


  4. Ooh I love Queen of Puddings. It makes me all nostalgic as I cooked it for an exam back in Secondary School!! x

  5. Yum! This sounds fantastic!

  6. That looks so good! I just love puddings of all kinds! YUM!

  7. This is a U.K. tradition that I absolutely love and right from the beginning of Rosie's challenge I've watched in awe at the different varieties and how absolutely wonderful they look.

  8. Yum Ruth, that looks delicious, its getting pudding weather here :-)

  9. In case I didn't say it the first time - I would love a plate full of that.

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  10. Looks good Ruth!! Believe it or not, I've never had this type of pudding.

  11. Hey Ann, It's a little different from bread pudding but really really tasty too!

    Hello to you too Maryann!

    Thanks Maria!

    Hey English Mum. Hope it turned out well in the exam! Have you made it since?

    Hey That Girl! Thank you!

    Thanks Deborah!

    Hi Jenn - puddings just are fantastic!

    Hey Giz - it's a tradition I hadn't really appreciated until recently, I'm falling in love with puddings all over again! Thanks for the award! I feel so special now!

    Hi Dell - time to get your pudding bowl out then!

    Hi Priscilla, you should try it! Love your new pic of Lewis!

  12. Hi Ruth, sorry I'm catching up on your post here due to illness but thanks you SO much for partaking in the challenge. Your pudding looks stunning and I will be linking this in my blog asap.

    Rosie x

  13. Hey Rosie, no problem! I hope you're feeling better!


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