Saturday, 18 January 2014

Frugal Bytes - Baked Pudding from Leftovers

Post-Christmas Cooking Continues...

Thieves' Pudding
"What is it?" I hear you ask!
 
Under normal circumstances, I would call it Eve's Pudding or apple sponge, but we're still cooking in the post-Christmas era, so it's a little bit more than just Eve involved in this one! I think I'll call it Thieves' Pudding, as it's kind of a mixture between Stollen and apple sponge.
 
What did I have to use up to concoct this sweet delight?
 
Here goes for the recipe:
 
A tub of stewed apples, the last gleaned from the garden trees, even although the fruit looked past its best. It got cored, peeled, chopped, stewed and frozen anyway!
 
The final couple of spoons scraped from the big jar of Christmas cranberry sauce (with whole cranberries).
 
A small jar of mincemeat with some chopped nuts
 
A packet sponge mix
 
3 bantam eggs that Fonzie, Bernice and Mrs Splashy managed to lay over the past week.
 
All the fruit based 'stuff' got mixed together and put in the bottom of my lasagne dish and then covered in sponge mix. It took quite a long time to bake in the mini oven but it eventually cooked to produce enough pudding to last all week. It tastes delicious!
 
I may not be in any way, shape or form a chef, nor am I any form of domestic goddess, but adventurous in the kitchen, I most certainly am! :)
 
Never be afraid to mix and match, especially when it comes to puddings! If in doubt, it all tastes great under frugal custard!
 
NYK, Frugaldom

15 comments:

  1. I love to mix and match and sometimes just go with a feeling in the kitchen. Mind you it doesn't always work out! But it keeps me coming back :-)
    ~ Pru

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    1. My theory is that if it's edible, it's worked! LOL

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  2. We have just over cooked some jam tarts but with custard, perfectly edible. Amazing thing custard!

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    1. We love custard in all its guises - hides a multitude of sins, a bit like a good gravy or sauce. :)

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  3. Well, as they often say "Stollen Fruit is the sweetest"! I LOVE leftover pudding. I was recently given three McVities ginger cakes [all slightly squashed- just don't ask] and have been slicing them up them with random bits of leftover fruit and odd pots of yogurt into fancy sundae glasses for desserts since Xmas. What is IN those cakes - they seem to last indefinitely? they would probably survive a nuclear attack and then be eaten by the cockroaches.

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    1. Ooh, ginger cake! Great with custard! :) That reminds me, I have a pack of ginger cake mix in the cupboard, too. Must get that made sometime soon, too.

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  4. I love the idea of your pud we have similar here.We still have Ginger cake mix,madiera cake mix,cheesecake mix, cupcake mixes will have to get using up shame I am on a diet none for me:-)

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    1. A pack of ginger cake mix next to get made and used here, it's lovely under custard, too. I think we're just pudding fiends in this household!

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  5. Mmm that sounds nice. Re your post below - my family never throws anything out. I was going through my mother's scrap paper supply last weekend and I found, amongst other treasures, my great-great-grandmother's notebook for her Christian Endeavour Society, dated from 1907.

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    1. What an exciting find! My latest clear out has now uncovered some family genealogy notes - another unfinished project of mine when I ran out of credit on the heritage sites. Guessing that can be an expensive hobby and easily one that could swallow up a few pounds along the way. Family notebooks and diaries are always way more interesting. :)

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  6. Your pudding sounds delicious NYK ! And I love anything with nuts in too.
    I've got 5 jars of mincemeat to use up as they were 10p after Christmas. The date on them is 2015 though, so I have a while to think on what to do!

    Have a great frugal week dear lady. X
    Rw

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    1. RW, that's how I ended up with the jars I'm using up now - they're from last year or possibly even the year before that. As long as they're sealed, I think they should last for years - I have one large tub still to use but won't break the seal on it until I am sure I can use it all up within a couple of days in puddings, pies, cakes and biscuits.

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  7. I love Eve's Pudding, Crumbles and Charlottes for using up odds and ends of fruits (fresh, dried or frozen) - all consumed with gusto by DS1. We've used up the 'mush' from making blackberry jelly in this way - a spoonful or so in a crumble at a time :) It seemed a waste to just get rid of the mush after making the jelly! A few elderberries (picked from the trees along the canal and then frozen) pretty up a charlotte or crumble (made with the seemingly never ending gluts of apples and pears from the garden) too.

    Other things good for using up 'bits' - flapjacks - small amounts of seeds go in here, the dust and crumbs from the bottom of a pack of cornflakes, the syrup in the pot of glace cherries. I've also used the last half dozen mini shredded whe@t left when there were no further packs and they were just sat in the cupboard - I crumbled them in :)
    Rocky road/ fridge cake is good for using chocolates which no one likes, those soft biscuits, unliked cereal, dry cake, leftover brioche/ croissants)

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    1. Leftover cake, brioche or croissants? You have to be kidding! They hardly see the light of day here, never any leftovers in those departments. LOL I've even been known to use the fruit strained from the fruit fizz winemaking to make into pudding, it's fine as long as it hasn't started fermenting :)

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  8. Many thanks to everyone for taking the time to comment and share your tips here, much appreciated. We're a zero-food waste household, but leftovers seem to make better meals, for some reason. :)

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