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Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Pudding Challenge!

I do like a challenge, so when I saw this challenge on the UK Food Bloggers Association, I jumped at the chance to create something different with this delicious pudding. I love Christmas Pudding served in the traditional manner so, of course, I had to have a taste before deciding how to use this pudding to create a dish that was worthy of this delicious pud. The kind people at Matthew Walker provided me with a couple of free puddings, why not visit their site to find out more about 'The Pudding'.

Here is the information on the challenge:

The Pudding Challenge
To spice up Christmas, we’re urging all UKFBA food bloggers to use ‘The Pudding’ and create some cracking alternative Christmas fare to get ours, and your readers’, taste buds tingling! The blogger who conjures up the most creative cuisine will win a top of the range camera along with a one-to-one session with a respected home economist, to help make those foodie photos.

and here are my recipes:

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Matthew Walker 'The Pudding' Stuffing

300g Matthew Walker 'The Pudding'
25g butter
125g onion, peeled and chopped
125g celery, roughly chopped
25g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 egg yolk
salt & pepper
1.4 kg boned shoulder of lamb
2 tbsp oil
350g shallots or button onions peeled
300ml lamb stock
1 tbsp redcurrant jelly

Melt the butter in a frying pan , add the chopped onion and celery and cook until soft. Crumble 'The Pudding' into the pan and mix with the onion and celery, add the chopped nuts and season with salt and pepper. Leave to cool, then add the egg yolk to bind the stuffing together.

Stuff the bone cavity of the lamb with 'The Pudding' mixture and tie up with string or secure with cocktail sticks. If there is any stuffing left over it can be cooked separately in an ovenproof dish.

Heat the oil in a roasting tin and brown the lamb on all sides. Add the shallots to the tin.
Roast at 180C (375F) for about 1 1/2 hours for pink lamb, 1 3/4 hours for well-done meat.
Transfer the lamb to a warm platter, cover with foil and leave to rest in a warm place.

Put the shallots, lamb stock and any juices from the lamb in a small pan and puree with a hand blender, add the redcurrant jelly and warm through.
Carve the lamb with 'The Puddding' stuffing with roasted vegetables and the shallot & redcurrant jelly gravy.

Matthew Walker 'The Pudding' Cheesecake

200g Matthew Walker 'The Pudding'
8 digestive biscuits
50g butter, melted
600g cream cheese
2tbsp plain flour
175g caster sugar
2 eggs, plus one yolk
142ml creme fraiche or sour cream
1 tbsp of icing sugar

Heat the oven to 160C. Crush the bisucuits in a food processor (or put in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin). Mix with the melted butter. Press the crumbs into the base of your tin, I used a square pan which is about 18cm square because it doesn't have a removable base, I lined it with baking parchment. If you use a 20cm springform tin you don't have to line it. Bake the base for 5 minutes and then leave to cool

Beat the cream cheese with the flour, sugar, eggs , the yolk and the creme fraiche or soured cream until light and fluffy. Crumble 'The Pudding' and distribute it evenly across the biscuit crumb base. Pour the cream mixture over the base and 'The Pudding'. Bake for about 30 minutes and then check, it should be set but slightly wobbly inthe centre. Leave in the tin to cool.

Remove from the tin, as my tin was square, I served the cheesecake in rectangles, dusting the top with icing sugar.

The expert tasting panel, my husband and my mother-in-law, really enjoyed both of these dishes, but the "Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Matthew Walker 'The Pudding' Stuffing" was definitely voted the top recipe.

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At 7 November 2009 at 22:29 , Blogger Chow and Chatter said...

wow so creative love it and cool challenge

At 8 November 2009 at 01:15 , Anonymous Bread and Jam said...

The pudding cheesecake looks too good to be true! This was a fun post to read. Cute blog too. :)

At 8 November 2009 at 07:52 , Blogger tracy said...

gosh you are clever in the kitchen :) they both look very tasty :) i would've been boring and done christmas pudding ice cream:)

At 8 November 2009 at 08:04 , Blogger Chele said...

Great ideas Janice. Love the sound of the stuffing but you can't beat a good cheesecake either. Yum!

At 8 November 2009 at 10:49 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

Great challenge, best of luck!

At 8 November 2009 at 12:38 , Blogger Karen said...

er...when you do this all again..can I come & be taster??? They both looks too delicious for words!!! X

At 8 November 2009 at 14:31 , Blogger Kaz said...

oohh yum yum, I'll swap you an earring holder for a tast of your pudding!! xx

At 8 November 2009 at 16:38 , Blogger Hazel said...

You are such a culinary wizkid, Janice x

At 8 November 2009 at 20:11 , Blogger Choclette said...

What clever ideas you have. I looked at the challenge and didn't have a single creative thought.

At 11 November 2009 at 22:05 , Blogger Margaret said...

I am really impressed - you have been extremely innovative.


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