Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Treacle Pudding with Custard

I stopped over in Birmingham, UK in August before I came home to Lagos, and on my last day there, my family took me out to dinner at a traditional English Pub. The atmosphere was just like you'd imagine - kinda like in the movies, and thus, was an excellent way to end my vacation.

After a nice dinner, I decided to go for a proper English Pudding (as the Brits like to call their dessert). Unlike some of the more adventurous sounding English desserts like the spotted dick (which is pretty much a sponge type cake with currants), the 'Treacle Pudding' is an excellent choice.

Treacle is a type of syrup, quite similar to maple syrup, but a little more golden in color, thicker and not as sweet in taste. The pudding is basically a typical sponge cake (something between an angel food cake and a white cake in density)with treacle (which isn't actually incorporated in the cake) drizzled and cooked on top of it. The cake was served with warm custard (The English tend to serve their puddings with custard rather than ice-cream like the Americans do), which tasted pretty excellent with the cake.

If you ever get a chance to visit a restaurant serving this dessert, I suggest you give it a try. It is a simple, light and delicious way to end any meal.

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