Published On: Thu, Apr 4th, 2019

South African Queen of plum pudding

If you’re in need of a quick dessert to whip up, try this delicious plum pudding recipe!

A little bit cakey, very plummy and 100% delicious, this South African Queen of plum pudding is the dessert your tum deserves! Topped with a soft and fluffy meringue, we can’t imagine a better way to end a meal.

Take a look at the recipe below from South African Fruit and get making your own this weekend!

Plum pudding

South African Queen of plum pudding

Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 6 South African plums
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 pinch ground mixed spice
  • 10 g butter
  • 100 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 400 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large free-range eggs, separated

Instructions

  1. Halve, pit and slice the plums. Put them into a saucepan with 20g (¾oz) of the sugar, the mixed spice and 100ml (3½fl oz) water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until tender. Leave to cool. 

  2. Grease a 1 ltr (1¾pts) baking dish with half the butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs into the dish. 

  3. Heat the milk with the remaining butter and vanilla extract until lukewarm. Remove from the heat and add half the remaining sugar (20g (¾oz)), stirring to dissolve it. Pour into the baking dish. Add the beaten egg yolks and stir into the breadcrumbs. Leave to soak for 15 minutes. 

  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.

  5. Bake the pudding for 20-25 minutes, until set. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes, then spoon the plums over the surface. 

  6. Whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl until they hold their shape, then add the remaining sugar, whisking again until stiff and glossy. Pile on top of the pudding, then bake for a further 5-8 minutes until golden brown. Serve at once.

Top tips! This is a great recipe for making the most of bread that’s 2-3 days old. Remember, egg whites won’t whip if there is the slightest trace of grease in the bowl or on the beaters – and that includes egg yolk – so take care when separating the eggs.

For more recipes that are perfect for pudding, take a look here!

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