That means, if you've been paying attention, that it is time to reveal what this week's Name This Food! food actually is. So what is it? It's...
Eve's Pudding!Correctly identified by Marie, from The English Kitchen. Well done Marie!
What is Eve's Pudding? Well, according to Wikipedia, the Oracle of all human wisdom, Eve's pudding is a type of traditional British pudding now made from apples and Victoria sponge cake mixture. The apples are allowed to stew at the bottom of the baking dish while the cake mixture cooks on top. The name is a reference to Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The earliest known version, in Mary Eaton's 'The Cook and Housekeeper's Dictionary' of 1823, predates baking powder and therefore uses a breadcrumb-and-egg sponge. But no matter. Here's a recipe:
600g cooking apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
75g light muscovado sugar (we covered this last week)
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
100g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
2 large eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
100g self-raising flour
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/ gas 4. Put the apples in a large bowl and combine with the sugar, lemon zest and juice and the cinnamon. Transfer to a round, 2-litre ovenproof dish and set aside until needed.
2. Beat the butter and caster sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix in the vanilla, then sift in the flour and gently mix to make a dropping consistency.
3. Spread the mixture over the apples and bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is cooked through and golden. Sprinkle with extra caster sugar and serve with custard.
So what to test your grasp of cookery with this week? How about this?
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