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Thursday, November 7, 2013


It's ages since I posted about cooking here.

I guess I haven't tried anything new for a while
but recently we were having guests for dinner and I knew at once it was an opportunity to try a recipe I had set aside for an occasion like this.

It's a recipe that uses packaged store bought custard - not something I usually have in the house - and it makes a large pudding that would easily serve 10 people so not exactly something for the two of us to try as we don't normally eat dessert ~ A little fruity yoghurt is our usual dessert.

250 g butter
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups Self Raising flour
400g of  good quality, THICK, store bought vanilla custard ( you could easily substitute your own home-made here but make it thick !)
400g canned peach slices, drained
1/3 cup slivered almonds
* Set oven at 180 C ( 350 F) and grease a 3 litre dish
*Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl of your electric mixer till light and creamy
* Beat in eggs one at a time
*In two batches stir in the buttermilk and the flour
* Spread half the mixture into the baking dish then spread over all of the custard.
* Drop the remaining mixture in spoonfuls over the top. Top with peach slices ( I though it was a bit light on with peaches and would use a big can next time).
*Sprinkle over slivered almonds and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown


Serve with extra custard or cream or BOTH !

I'm off to the movies today to see "Gravity".
Stay tuned for a review !!!

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  1. This looks great, Helsie! YUM. I'm curious to hear what you think of the movie. Supposedly it's really good, but who knows until you see it or know someone who's seen it and trust their judgment. Have a good time!

  2. That looks very tasty, but enormous! I'm very partial to shop bought custard, I have to admit. I haven't made my own for years!!!

  3. Looks delicious though I'd need to quarter the recipe or invite people round as you said yourself!

  4. Oh yes, definitely one for a crowd. It looks delicious...the way the batter has come up through the peaches, yum.
    Anne xx

  5. I never, ever cook desserts but I might try this as it looks good and sounds easy. Do you think "packaged store bought custard" is the same as "instant pudding mix?" It comes in a little box, you add a cup of milk and beat it for a minute and you have pudding. Also I wonder if caster sugar is regular sugar or powdered sugar?

    That brown crust makes my mouth water. I just woke up and read your blog and I'm thinking if I had that in the fridge, I would warm up a bowl of it right now!

    1. No David it's not the same. I don't know how it would go when you cook it. Just buy a carton of custard from the dairy section of the supermarket ... or you can buy custard in cans too I think. Regular sugar would be fine to use, castor sugar is just a finer grain. Hope you like it !

  6. I was going great with this until I read 'electric mixer'!

    I cannot get buttermilk here so might try it with Marcia's home made natural yoghurt instead.

    1. Tom, I'm sure you have the muscle power to cream the butter and sugar without a mixer. You can make buttermilk to cook with by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup then topping up with milk to the top. Stir and wait 5 minutes and you have buttermilk !! You can substitute lemon juice if you don't have white vinegar.

  7. Im always looking for great easy dessert recipes that can feed a hungry crowd for when I host family dinner nights. Have filed this one away on my pinterest board ! Thanks for the share.

    Just a heads up though for our US friends AP flour is actually plain flour.

  8. Thanks for that Shay. I've amanded the post.