Wednesday, 12 January 2011

10 Minute Frugal Sponge Pudding


INGREDIENTS

4oz / 115g self raising flour
4oz / 115g sugar
4oz / 115g margarine
2 hen eggs or a duck egg
3 to 4 tablespoons syrup (jam, jelly, apple sauce or other stewed fruit can be used)

NOTE: A sprinkle of cinnamon and a handful of dried fruit, such as sultanas or raisins can be added to the sponge mix when topping with fruit but this, obviously, costs extra.

METHOD

Mix sugar and margarine together, beat in the eggs and about three quarters of the flour,
fold in the remaining flour

Grease a large microwaveable bowl

Put 3 to 4 tablespoons of syrup (or topping of choice) on the bottom

Pour the sponge mix over the top of this

Cook on high for between 6 and 8 minutes, depending on power of microwave.

Once cooked, stand for a minute before VERY CAREFULLY tipping whole pudding onto a large plate
This allows the topping to run over and down the sides - adds flavour.

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE ABOVE

Buy a packet sponge mix, currently around 26p, to save wasting time weighing or measuring ingredients.

Serves 4 (or 2 if you're both hungry)

Can cost less than 50p whichever way you make it

Here in Frugaldom, we use eggs from the garden hens and ducks or homemade apple sauce, jam or jelly

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