Last Autumn we visited the Melton Mowbray Food Festival, one of the few food festivals in this region that is really worth the effort to visit and doesn’t charge you a small fortune for the privilege of traipsing around a few stalls by the usual suspects, many of them resentful at giving out free samples (I have a thing about this, dear reader). Anyway, we came home with bumper haul and some of it, inevitably, ended up in the freezer.
Fast forward to last Sunday and a traditional family Sunday lunch. Having got up at the crack of dawn to get my pork shoulder in the oven to slow roast for 5 hours, I felt justified in not doing a pudding too and instead rooted around in the bottom of the freezer for the two Old Fashioned Pudding Company puddings I knew had been languishing there since September.
The puddings (once defrosted) can be steamed (40 mins) or microwaved for 2 mins. I went with the 2 mins I’m afraid. They did look a bit sorry for themselves with their pretty cardboard boxes tied up with parcel string and rustic labels all covered in frost. But not to worry, I thought, lashings of custard will hide a multitude of sins.
We had the Toffee and the Lemon Curd and, rather insanely, I decided to serve them both on the same platter. Not a good idea from an aesthetic point of view as you can see from the pictures (sorry about that!), but it made no difference to the taste..
Despite these wonderful hand-made puddings being unforgivably neglected for way too long…..they were delightful. I think if I had steamed them they would have been marginally lighter, but given they had been frozen for 6 months, they were absolutely delicious. Everyone loved them and we polished the whole lot off.
The Old Fashioned Pudding people now have a website and a fabulous selection. Treat yourself, I will definitely be buying more – and I won’t be leaving them unloved in the freezer this time.