Puddings are a very traditional part of a British meal and there are plenty of pudding recipes out there to choose from. To inspire you to create a warm winter treat for yourself and your family, here are five winter pudding ideas that will allow you to use some of the delicious produce from your polytunnel:
Carrot & Walnut Pudding
Carrots from your polytunnel are the quiet stars of the show in this delicious steamed pudding. The carrots help to keep the simple pudding mix of flour, eggs, sunflower oil, brown sugar and chopped walnuts moist. Drizzle the finished puddings with golden syrup and serve with a zesty lemon mascarpone.
Sticky Fig & Pecan Pudding
If you grow figs in your polytunnel, this is one way to turn the dried fruits into a delicious and indulgent dessert for a cold winter’s day. Combine your chopped dried figs with self-raising flour, brown sugar, eggs, butter, chopped pecans and strong espresso coffee and bake in foil covered pudding basins in the oven. Serve with a generous drizzle of toffee sauce.
Black Forest Pudding
If you have some cherries or summer berries in the freezer, now could be the perfect opportunity to put them to good use and make a treat for yourself and your family over the festive season. Use a high quality cocoa and dark chocolate to make this fruity, chocolatey pudding that the whole family is sure to love.
Jam-Laden Bread and Butter Pudding
Bread and butter pudding is one of those traditional winter pudding ideas that people either love or loath. You can kick your traditional bead and butter pudding up a notch by incorporating layers of some of your home-made jam for an extra sweet winter treat.
Rice Pudding With Strawberry Jam
Another ‘school dinner’ type pudding is the humble rice pudding – a real blast from the past. Make your creamy rice pudding the old fashioned way and then indulge in nostalgia as you add a good dollop of your home-made strawberry jam.
There are, of course, plenty more winter puddings ideas out there to choose from, and plenty of other desserts that you could make using the fresh produce from your polytunnel, and the polytunnel produce preserves that you made earlier in the year. Growing your own food is not only about healthy eating – there are plenty of sweet treats to indulge in as well – just the thing to give your mood a boost as you wait for spring.
If you have any winter pudding ideas or recipes to share, please feel free to do so in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.