For Christmas one gift my family bought me was a proper steaming bowl with lid. This is the type of gift that will keep giving (I see what they did there!). Searching through many steamed pudding recipes from Evelyn’s book, I spotted this one…mainly because of the condensed milk!
Chocolate Caramel Pudding
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 sm tsp baking soda
1/2 C warm milk
1 C flour
Butter for pudding bowl
1/2 tin condensed milk
Cream 2 tabs butter and 2 tabs sugar. Add 1 egg and beat well. Dissolve 1 small tea(spoon) Soda in 1/2 cup warm milk and add. Sift in 1 Cup flour, 1 tab cocoa and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Butter pudding bowl, pour 1/2 tin condensed milk in then mixture. Steam 2 hours.
It turned out very nice, but here are some variations to this recipe. First I made a double recipe, for serving 5 people, with about 1/4 of the pudding left over once eldest son had finished! Next time I would probably cook it for 1 1/2 hours rather than 2. Even though I doubled the recipe, I only put in half a tin of condensed milk in the basin…mistake. Next time a whole tin would be perfect! It was the best bit…caramelised condensed milk! I also thought it would be nice with chocolate chips throughout the pudding. It was perfect served with custard, although I was wishing I had some raspberries on hand to accompany it!
Good things take time, sometimes it can be hard not to peek and to just leave it to steam away. This is the same in life…sometimes God is doing a good work in us, and we just have to be patient. Sometimes it can seem nothing is happening but God is moulding us slowly and quietly. The boiling procedure in the wrong context can be harmful, especially when we think we can do things our own way. But when we trust things to God, he can turn the boiling situation into something that can make us sweet and caramelised! That’s my 10c worth as I was making this and waiting for it to cook!