Well another week has whizzed by and we are back on the trail of the culinary arts.
We have been looking at holiday meals and I am sure Xandi has something tasty to get our teeth into, and a nice meal too. Giggle. We in Australia follow more of the English traditions of Christmas, in searing hot temperatures, we gorge ourselves on Ham Turkeys, Chicken and all the roasts meats with frenzy, and we often do it as cold meat too. Its customary that the men do the barbecue and the women do the salads we also like to lash out with desserts. Trifle is one of my favorites for itís the sweets that are more of a tradition over the Christmas table than the main meal.
We love all things English like plum pudding, with a hidden ten-cent piece in it. The lucky one, if they donít swallow the thing and end up in hospital, get to keep the surprise bit of silver money.
One thing I havenít had at our Christmas table in a while is the English pleasure, the Yorkshire pudding, or as it is commonly called, Yorkshire Pud. I would love to have our UK readerís recipe on the Yorkshire Pudding It is a real treat and so very English.
I have a few recipes of some sweets that are very popular in the winter and would suit the colder climes you are in over there Xandi. I have put in my mumís recipe for Bread and Butter Pudding and some variations of it. I am sure these will warm up the gang over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Pavlova, which I think I have mentioned to you before Xandi, is in fact a New Zealand dish. But we Aussieís often claim things from New Zealand as ours, especially if theyíre good. Take Russell Crowe, when he wins an Oscar he is that Australian actor, when he throws a phone at someone and goes off his nut, he is that bloke from New Zealand
I will be putting in a recipe for that too but below are the Bread and Butter puddings I do hope Xandi that you can make one and try it out and of course any other of the readers too.
And thanks to all for your contributions.
Des' Mom's Bread and Butter Pudding
If you haven't had bread and butter pudding for ages, today's the day!
Bread & butter pudding! Ingredients:
∑ 50g unsalted butter
∑ 12 slices white bread
∑ 50g sultanas
∑ 4 eggs plus 4 egg yolks
∑ 175g caster sugar
∑ 300ml thin cream
∑ 300ml thickened cream
∑ 1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped
∑ 3 tbs thin-cut marmalade
∑ Instead of Marmalade you can add strawberry JamHow to make it step by step:
1. Lightly butter a 2-litre baking dish. Butter the bread, remove the crusts, and then cut each slice into 2 triangles. Arrange triangles in layers in the dish, and then sprinkle the sultanas in between layers. Don't put any sultanas on the top layer, as they will burn.
2. Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and caster sugar. Place both creams in a saucepan with the vanilla pod and seeds and bring to scalding point. Pour cream over the egg mixture and whisk lightly to combine. Strain mixture over bread slices, making sure not to dislodge them. Set pudding aside for at least 30 minutes - this ensures that the pudding will be light and not stodgy.
3. Preheat the oven to 180įC.
4. Place the baking dish in a large roasting pan and pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the baking dish.
5. Cover the dish loosely with foil, place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake the pudding uncovered for a further 15 minutes or until golden
6. Heat the marmalade in the microwave for about 40 seconds or in a small saucepan over low heat for 1-2 minutes until spreadable. Remove pudding from oven and use a pastry brush to spread marmalade over top. Return to oven for 2-3 minutes, and then serve immediately.
Thanks mum. Why did I ever leave home? I miss this It was always loved mumís recipe for this, there are other versions of it variations such as Rum and Raisin and a chocolate one and Cinnamon
I will try and get that on here some time soon.
Anyway Xandi what is happening with you. I know you have something for meXandi:
Well that sounds great Des I am definitely going to try that out as soon as I can work out the conversions. I thought I would give you my Turkey recipe this week along with an easy pie recipe. I hope you all will enjoy these.
12 or 15 pound Turkey (take out the giblets and rinse the turkey until the water runs clean)
Oven bag the size for Turkey
Wire rack (one that will fit inside the bag and the turkey can sit on)
1 stick of butter
Salt and Pepper
Dried Rubbed Sage (about 1 Tbs.) Instructions:
Mix the spices and butter and then smear it all over the turkey and under the skin of the turkey. Once you have it everywhere put what is left inside the bird. Put the turkey inside the baking bag on the wire rack. The reason for putting it on the rack is so that the Turkey can brown on bottom too, and it does not sit in the juice. It will remain moist but still brown. Tie up the bag and poke 6 holes in the top for the steam to escape then bake for about 2 hours or however long the instructions on your bag tells you for your size turkey minus 30 minutes. When the time is at 30 minutes until done pull the turkey out of the oven it should be nice a brown on top. Poke a hole in the bottom of the bag and drain all the juice into a bowl, set aside. Put the Turkey back in the oven for the remaining time until done.
Use the juice you drained from the turkey for gravy and the dressing. I add chicken stock with the turkey juice to round out what I need for the dressing. The turkey when done should sit for 15 minutes before you try an carve it so that the juice redistribute. It is moist and yummy every time.
Lemon Icebox PieIngredients:
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
10 oz. Whipped topping (coolwhip)
8 oz. Frozen Lemonade Consentrate
Graham cracker crust Instructions:
Mix all the ingredients until light and fluffy. Pour into pie crust. Sprinkle the top with a few graham cracker crumbs, chill for a few hours or overnight.
This can be made fat free with the fat free or low fat substitutes, but why bother. *Giggles* no really the fat free version is not bad at all.
Well that is all I have for this week I will be trying out Oreo's marshmallow treats today so I will have a review soon.