Working from home has been quite different for our chefs and Executive Chef, Adam Draper has taken some time to reflect on where his cooking journey started…

I have been revisiting all my cook books for ideas and inspiration and I found my grandmothers recipe book from 1962 – she was a fabulous cook!

Growing up on the farm and eating her food is where I found my inspiration to become a chef.

I am humbled to now recreate my grandmother’s food for my family.

I recently made this pudding again and it was wonderful; it is a very simple and basic recipe.

Winter is the perfect time for a steamed fruit pudding, and it is great to eat at any time of the day! I hope this old recipe puts a smile on your face like it did mine.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups mixed fruit
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup self raising flour (sifted)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
The Method:
  • Place mixed fruit, butter, sugar and milk all in a saucepan and bring to the boil (until butter is melted)
  • Add baking soda and wait until it rises then take off the head
  • Then add self-raising flour, salt and mixed spice and mix well
  • Once mixed, place into a greased ceramic bowl
  • Cover with some grease proof paper and tie with a string
  • Fill a pot with hot water just below the string line, then steam in the pot for 2 hours
  • Simply serve with some pouring cream and a hot tea or coffee.
Steamed fruit pudding is not just for the holidays!!!!