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Simple Sponge pudding
Member Name: Mephit
Date: 25/06/12, updated on 26/06/12 (145 review reads)
Advantages: quick easy tasty
Disadvantages: none really
This recipe is a great quick dessert, that you can just whip up in minutes out of bits you probably already have in the kitchen cupboard, using the microwave.
- 4 and a half oz of self-raising flour
- 5 oz of soft margarine
- 6 tablespoons of caster sugar (or whatever sugar you've got around)
- 4 tablespoons of syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
You also need:
- a Pyrex-type microwaveable bowl, (the one I use has a 4 litre capacity)
- mixing bowl
- an implement to mix with - spoon or mixer, who cares?
- bit of clingfilm
- and a microwave
Grease the Pyrex bowl, then pour the syrup into it.
Into the mixing bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together with a little height for air and flair!
Then bung in the soft margarine, sugar and beaten eggs. Sometimes I don't bother to beat the eggs beforehand, I just make sure I've mixed them in well.
Beat it all together.
You should then have a nice gooey mix, with a soft dropping consistency, which you drop into the pyrex bowl on top of the syrup.
Make the bowl a clingfilm lid and then poke a small venting hole in the middle.
Then shove in the microwave for four minutes at full whack.
Leave to stand for five minutes.
Serve with custard. Or whatever you like.
It's dead easy to do, takes very little time and comes out nice and light and fluffy. It's pretty hard to muck it up, which is why I like it. Sometimes it can taste a tiny bit eggy, but that is probably me not mixing them in thoroughly enough or using larger eggs when small ones would do.
Once you're happy that you can produce the basic dish reliably, you can experiment with alternatives to syrup or spice it up with a bit of ginger or cinnamon, according to your tastes.
For example, you can turn it into a marmalade sponge, simply by replacing the syrup with tablespoons of marmalade and adding a splash of orange flavouring to the sponge mix. That worked nicely for us, although my daughter prefers it as a syrup sponge.
Alternatively, you can use jam for a nice jammy sponge. Or you can also do a chocolate version, replacing an ounce of the flour with cocoa powder and putting in (microwaveable) chocolate sauce instead of the syrup. I've also used several syrups, from golden to maple, whatever is to hand...
I like this as a fail-safe emergency dessert I can knock up whenever the cry is "can we have something for pudding?" I probably wouldn't serve it at a dinner party, but it is great for family meals.
Summary: quick and easy dessert