When I saw the februari theme of "Waiter, there's something in my..." at The passionate cook, I smiled. Johanna choose "..Hot Pud" and I like that a lot. I remembered I had a recipe somewhere that I wanted to try. The hardest part of this whole recipe was to find it! I try to keep it all in my head, but of course that will never work with my pathetic brain, even though my brain age is 20 (!) according to Dr. Kawashima when I do his Brain Training-test on the Nintendo DS.
I started writing down recipes with labels ánd in what book, magazine and on which page they are. But only the lastest recipes are written down. Funny is how sure I am that I can find it in this or that book.... and it's never there. But I remembered that this recipe was in a magazine ánd dutch, (at least I though so... never really certain until it is found), and I found it!
The recipe is from Gary Rhodes, the English chef with his spiky hair. He's not to be seen often in cookery shows any more, at least not that we can receive here in Holland, but he was one of my favorite chefs in the times he used to have several cookery series on the BBC. He's so very english, a polite and very precise cook. It's really a very funny recipe because you cook the puds in a microwave. I admit I don't do much in the microwave besides warming milk or defrosting things and it was like a miracle seeing these puds get cooked in just two minutes. You can prepare the desserts up til 60 minutes ahead, so you microwave them just before serving and they come out piping hot.
Microwave pud with raisins
Now make the batter: Place flour, butter, sugar, eggs and orange zest in a mixing bowl and whisk until it's smooth . If you think it's too thick you can add 1-2 TBsp milk (I did without). Spoon the batter on top of the raisins in the molds. Fill only halfway, otherwise it'll go over the top.
Cover with Microwave foil (or clingfilm with little holes pricked into).
*You can prepare this up till 1 hour in advance
Place 3 puds at the time in the microwave and 'wave' them on highest settings for about 2 minutes (or steam for 30 minutes). You'll see the puds rise and dome above the molds. I thought that was quite spectaculair, but then again I'm easily impressed. They are firm to the touch and come away from the sides. Take them out to rest for 1 minute and microwave the rest of the puds.
Take the puds out of the molds after 1 minute resting time. Sprinkle with the remaining golden syrup (2 TBsp), that you warmed slightly to make it more runny.
Serve while hot!!! Thanks Johanna for this wonderful theme!
(adapted from: a special dutch edition of GOOD FOOD "Bread and pastry" -2007)