The proof is in the pudding

September 28, 2017

The proof is in the pudding

Pudding - it’s such lovely word to say isn't it? The way it rolls off the tongue and instantly conjures up wonderful cosy thoughts. Thoughts of excitement as a child, “what’s for pudding mum and dad?”. Or perhaps it makes you think of a cold winter night curled up on the sofa with apple crumble and custard in front of the fire.

The real question you might be asking, what is the difference between pudding and dessert? The most obvious difference between the two is that a dessert is always sweet whereas a pudding can be savoury too. For instance, yorkshire pudding and black pudding. The other distinct difference between pudding and dessert is a pudding is a lot more rustic and homely, whereas a dessert is considered slightly more sophisticated.  

The Great British Bake Off most recently had pudding week, which is where our inspiration for this blog began. Despite the worries of no Mary Berry, Sue and Mel it has continued to be a popular show and perhaps has attracted a whole new audience by being broadcast on Channel 4. This week struck a chord for all of us here at Bakedin, as we began a nostalgic conversation of our favourite childhood puddings. For some, it was sticky toffee pudding, bread & butter pudding and sticky strawberry jam roly-poly. What became clear is everyone has a strong connection to the subject of puddings, and it often originated from our childhood.

On The Great British Bake Off they touched upon the history of pudding. The word is believed to come from the French ‘boudin’, originally from the Latin ‘botellus’, meaning “small sausage”…....which makes no sense!  We can see when looking back that puddings were always steamed, baked or boiled. And the difference between savoury and sweet was that sweet types were called ‘Afters’.

Paul Hollywood was really whipping out the handshakes this week for their steamed school puddings, with a whopping three shakes handed out to Steven, Yan, and Stacey.  We really liked Steven’s Lemon and Blackcurrant drizzle pudding. You can find the recipe here. We are definitely going to give it a go here in the office.

Thankfully we have come a long way since the original days of pudding. Here at Bakedin we make it super easy for you to create your own Sticky Toffee Pudding with our easy kit.  Why not try one of our baking kits yourself and see how delicious and simple it is. If you are after a quick fix you could even give one of our microwave mug mixes a try - a tasty pudding available in 60 seconds. 

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