“ Type: Other Desserts „
With the cold winds blowing and the rain gushing down at the weekend, what would be nicer than a hot steaming pudding with thick custard nestling all around the edge! Well I usually make my own puddings when I'm feeling in the cooking mood, but with such great winds ( I thought our roof was going to come off at one time!) and the chance of losing our electricity it had to be done on the quick. I then remembered when in Tesco's a few weeks back they were having a sort out of their freezers and was reducing a lot of the frozen desserts and this was one of them the great Aunt Bessies Spotted Dick! In the familiar purple/blue box with a picture of the old Aunt beating up a cake mixture, you know if you buy one of her products it will be of the best quality ones about. Now I wasn't to sure about a Spotted Dick as if not cooked right it could be very heavy and doughy and being that I always steam mine for a couple of hours, when I saw that you could whip this up from frozen in the microwave in 2 minutes it did make me think twice, so I went for the oven option that would take a little bit longer at 30-40 minutes. Firstly open the oblong box and take out the foil container that is holding the pudding, it looks very fruity. You're not supposed to take the lid off until after cooking, but I was keen to see what it looked like. Pop this onto a baking tray and put into a pre heated oven 200c/400f/Gas 6, and cook for 30-40 minutes. Now when opening the oven door you get the most lovely smell of the Spotted Dick, it smells very slightly like a bread pudding from the spices that have been added, when taking the lid off you will see a golden plumped up sultanas and currant pudding. Now I would say that you could get 4 average servings from this, so I went on to slice up and it sliced a treat with the knife just slipping through the suet pudding. This was light and very enjoyable to eat. Aunt Bessie only uses vegetable suet so this is also suitable for vegetarians, no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives have been added to this pudding.This pudding weighs 300g and each quarter serving contains; ~~Calories 299~~~ ~~Sugar 20.4g~~~ ~~Fat 14.7g~~~ ~~Saturates 7.2g~~~ ~~Salt 0.8g~~~ Now I served this with a thick custard which finished the pudding off well. If I had to have a gripe it would be that being that not all the Spotted Dick got eaten at that sitting and a serving was left over. I don't eat puddings so I though someone else could finish it later. Well some hours later on I went to put it in a dish for my son and the piece left had gone rock hard like a bullett!! .....So I would strongly suggest that it is eaten as soon as it has been cooked, mind you the birds didn't complain about it! I got this in a reduced section for 50p, but my Tesco has not restocked up with this product so I'm not to sure of the price, the Jam Roly Poly which is similiar in size retails for around the £1.29 mark so I would imagine this would be the same. Great Pudding if eaten straight away so 4 stars!
Type: Desserts / Brand: Aunt Bessie's