Tag: Easter

In Season: March (and Easter!)

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t my parents’, we have an annual Easter egg hunt, despite the fact that we are all at least 12 years too old for such antics. The point of the hunt isn’t really finding the chocolate and gorging until we have to allocate one person to roll the rest of us into the dining room for lunch. The real point is finding the most difficult places for the eggs for my oldest brother, so we can sit back and snigger as he wanders about looking for them.

Until this year. This year, with one heart attack behind us and a wedding in the near future, we’re foregoing the chocolate. Instead, I’ll have to live vicariously through you lot and Instagram. This month’s round-up slightly reflects this.

Last thing before we hop off to the good stuff…don’t forget that you can get £10 off at Bloom & Wild (in time for Mothers Day) here! This isn’t even a paid-for endorsement, they’re just…really good. Read More

The lady behind The Dinner Bell! I’m that person who doesn’t let you leave their flat without eating something, and will probably press a parcel of cookies or cake into your hands as you head to the door.

I’m a sub-editor by day, avid book-reader by night, and octopus fan always. I live in north London, but little bits of my heart still belong to Norfolk, where I grew up, and Sheffield, where I went to uni and finally lost my bumpkin accent.

Lemon syrup cake

lemoncakesideSo you know how the foodie section of the internet is all creme eggs and hot cross buns and chocolate nests right now? Yeah, I thought maybe we could shake things up a bit.

I love a chocolate egg as much as anyone – I swear, chocolate always tastes better in egg form – but this year Easter weekend will bring three extra things: Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead finale. It’s a big TV weekend for nerdy people, and I for one am excited. Read More

The lady behind The Dinner Bell! I’m that person who doesn’t let you leave their flat without eating something, and will probably press a parcel of cookies or cake into your hands as you head to the door.

I’m a sub-editor by day, avid book-reader by night, and octopus fan always. I live in north London, but little bits of my heart still belong to Norfolk, where I grew up, and Sheffield, where I went to uni and finally lost my bumpkin accent.

Spiked Hot Cross Bread & Butter Pudding

SpikedTrayI noticed last week that my front page is getting really, er, brown. A lot of the foods I’ve been enjoying are shades of beige and brown – largely because carbs are brown and carbs are brilliant. This spiked twist on bread and butter pudding is no different.

I’ve said before how much I love hot cross buns – there’s nothing quite like the sweet, spicy smell of cinnamon and sugar and fruit wafting from the kitchen. As much as I’d be happy to eat them simply toasted and smothered in butter, dressing them up with a little egg and dried fruit spruces them up just enough that maybe you’d be judged less for consuming it all. Maybe.

Bread and butter pudding is a dish that’s always about homeliness and ease, a matter of using up some left overs. So when it came to looking for a recipe, I was surprised to see that a lot of them called for vanilla pods, double cream, and breads you’re not likely to have left over from that week’s packed lunches, like panettone. I’m sure if you’re a famous chef, you’re quite likely to have some cream laying about, and you’ve probably got a stash of Fairtrade vanilla pods that you’re happy to simmer in milk for 3 minutes then discard. But the average person doesn’t have these items, surely? In short, although I love food magazines and cooking programmes, sometimes they just seem a little too far removed from reality.

All you need for this pudding is a few eggs, some (normal!) milk, a little rum and some hot cross buns, which are on offer pretty much everywhere at the moment. The hardest part is not eating them all as soon as you buy them.

Spiked Hot Cross Bread & Butter Pudding

Serves 6-8.

SpikedCloseIngredients

75g raisins
5tbsp dark or spiced rum
8 hot cross buns
Butter
3 eggs
2tbsp sugar, plus some to sprinkle
600ml milk
Vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon
Nutmeg

Method

1) The night before making the pudding, place the raisins and rum in a small bowl or Tupperware box and cover. Allow to soak overnight.
2) On the day, heat the oven to about 75C and slice your hot cross buns in half. Place the halves straight onto the wire racks (hope your oven’s clean!) and heat for about 30 minutes, or until crispy. If you’ve somehow resisted the hot cross buns long enough to let them stale slightly naturally, skip this step.
3) When crisp, remove from oven and butter on one side. Arrange in your baking dish, butter side up. Remove the raisins from the rum, reserving the left over rum for later use, and sprinkle on the bun halves. Change the oven temperature to 160C.
4) In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale, using a balloon whisk. Set aside.
5) In a medium pan, heat the milk and vanilla extract until hot but not boiling. Remove from the heat, and add to the egg mixture along with the leftover rum, stirring as you pour, to make your custard. Mix thoroughly.
6) Pour the mixture over the hot cross buns and allow to soak for 30 minutes, spooning the custard over any dry areas.
7) Sprinkle sugar, cinnamon, and grated nutmeg over the pudding to your taste. Bake for around 30 minutes, until the custard is set. Serve warm with cream or vanilla ice cream.

The lady behind The Dinner Bell! I’m that person who doesn’t let you leave their flat without eating something, and will probably press a parcel of cookies or cake into your hands as you head to the door.

I’m a sub-editor by day, avid book-reader by night, and octopus fan always. I live in north London, but little bits of my heart still belong to Norfolk, where I grew up, and Sheffield, where I went to uni and finally lost my bumpkin accent.