If you know me or read this blog, you’ll know how I’ve spoken about my dislike for baking. My skills are elementary and many attempts in trying to improve those skills often leave me disliking baking even more. I make really good banana bread and muffins of several varieties but that’s about it.
Now, you’d think with my disdain for baking i wouldn’t find that art of baking intriguing at all. On the contrary, i am in awe of bakers and their talent. I often find myself watching The Great South African Bake Off in disbelief of what people can create with just flour and some eggs. They make it look easy enough for me to actually try and although the result isn’t always a masterpiece, its usually mostly edible and that can be a great achievement when attempting the intricate recipes portrayed on the show.
Last nights episode showed contestant Simmi making a lemon pudding and it had all my favourite ingredients in baked goods; Lemon and earthy notes of cardamon. What intrigued me the most was the process of making honeycomb and so i had to give this recipe a try.
I swore that i’d post my first attempt at the pudding in the name of honesty and transparency so….
Here is Simmi’s masterpiece
….and here’s mine
It isn’t exactly a masterpiece but i’m quite proud of myself. The recipe was easy to follow and the pudding itself was more than just edible. It was actually quite nice. It’s lemony and rich. The honeycomb adds some great texture as well as sweetness.
The beauty in trying means you’re bound to learn something along the way. So if you’d like a challenge give this recipe a try and let me know how it goes by posting a picture on your social media and tagging BBCSouthAfrica on Twitter & BBCLifestyleSA on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #SABakeOff
If you don’t learn anything else from this recipe, learn how to make the honeycomb. It’s so much easier than i imagined and extremely fun. Let’s just say i haven’t stopped making it since.
Watch The Great South African Bake Off on Tuesdays on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) at 20:00.
LUSCIOUS LEMON PUDDING RECIPE
|Sponge||Lemon Cardamom Sponge|
|45||ml||Honey||Preheat oven to 180°c.|
|30||ml||Lemon Juice||Spray 6 ramekins.|
|6||slices||Lemon||Heat honey and half of lemon juice.|
|100||g||Butter||Divide between ramekins.|
|125||ml||Brown Sugar||Place a slice of lemon in each.|
|2||ea.||Eggs Extra Large||Cream butter, sugar. Add eggs. Beat well.|
|15||ml||Lemon Rind||Stir in juice and rind.|
|375||ml||Flour||Add sifted flour, baking powder salt alternating with milk.|
|5||ml||Cardamom||Pour into ramekins.|
|8||ml||Baking Powder||Place in roasting pan filled with boiling water.|
|1||ml||Salt||Cover with foil.|
|100||ml||Milk||Bake for 40 minutes.|
|Syrup||Lemon Honey Syrup|
|125||ml||Sugar||Combine ingredients in a saucepan and boil.|
|20||ml||Cornflour||Pour over hot sponge.|
|200||g||Castor Sugar||Simmer sugar and syrup.|
|60||ml||Golden Syrup||Bring to boil.|
|15||ml||Bicarbonate Of Soda||Add bicarbonate of soda.|
|Pour into greased and lined pan|
|frosting||Cream cheese frosting|
|100||g||Cream Cheese||Beat butter and sugar with rind.|
|100||g||Butter||Fold in cream cheese.|