This year's St. David's day recipe is Monmouth Pudding. It's an old-fashioned kind of dessert, popular in Victorian times and similar to the English Queen of Puddings. This Welsh incarnation doesn't however have a meringue topping although a lot of the recipes you see for it do include the extra layer.
Looking at the list of ingredients you might be fooled into thinking it's stodgy and heavy but it's really not. It's light, fruity and just sweet enough. You can serve it either with cream or, my preference, a fresh raspberry sauce to really enhance the fruit flavour. Monmouth pudding is at its best about 10 minutes after it's come out of the oven, still warm but not scaldingly hot.
Traditionally, this pudding was one of those thrifty type of recipes that used up stale bread, milk and fruit from the garden to make something so much more than the sum of its parts. My version is not quite so austere; I've used cream and brioche crumbs to give an updated, more luxurious taste. I hope my Welsh ancestors would approve.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus.
RECIPE - serves 4-6
225 ml milk
200 ml double cream
25g caster sugar
grated zest of one lemon
175g brioche crumbs
200g jam (strawberry, raspberry or any other kind)
You can make this as one large pudding or 6 individual ones, as in the photo.
For the large one, you need a 23x20cm ovenproof dish, buttered. For the individual ones, 6 buttered ramekins.
Pre-heat oven to 150°C.
Pour the milk and cream into a pan, add the sugar and lemon zest and heat gently until just boiling. Remove from the heat, pour over the brioche crumbs and leave the mixture to cool for 15 mins.
When cooled, separate the eggs, stirring the yolks into the crumb mixture.
Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks then gently fold them into the crumb mixture with a metal spoon.
Heat the jam until it's runny, then drizzle half over the bottom of the prepared dish.
Spoon half the crumb mixture on top.
Repeat the jam and crumb layers, making sure that the final layer of brioche mixture is level.
Bake in the oven for about 30-40 mins until the top is golden. The pudding should be set but still with a slight wobble.
Leave for about 10 minutes before serving.