You know what, I was thinking what a shame it is that puddings have kind of died out- it must be all the health conscious stuff, yet I think people were probably healthier in the days when they had proper hearty dinners followed by a nice stodgy pud! We always had a pudding when I was a kid- often as not it was a Birds Eye mousse as opposed to something home made, but I do think it finishes off a meal nicely, and I'm sure it stops you snacking later on! (Okay, so I'm trying to justify pudding now)!
Here are some of the puddings I like to turn out: rice pudding, coconut rice pudding, pineapple upside down cake, home-made ice-cream (I do a very simple version that requires no beating between freezing), chocolate blancmange, trifle (using a vegetarian jelly mix), apple cake with custard, fruit crumble (sometimes make a healthier topping using oats, seeds, cinammon, brown sugar), syrup sponge, and I also invented a very wholesome chocolate sponge pudding which I serve with chocolate custard and is yummy. It probably sounds like I'm a complete pudding addict now but we don't really have them all that often (more's the pity)! Bring back puds I say! ;D
We love puddings in our house. Tend to vary between chocolate sponge/vanilla sponge and ice cream or custard, carrot cake, muffins, yogurt and fruit, a small pot of melted chocolate and fruit to dip in, fruit kebabs, baked bananas/apples or cooked and pureed mango with ice cream.
We tend to ahve puddings too - well the children do anyway. Usually something homemade like a biscuit or small slice of cake, all different kinds, but also can be a yoghurt, custard, that kind of thing. Usually something pretty small, but as Tayberry says, it just rounds the meal off and prevents snacking!!
the kids usually have plain yoghurt (yofu - soya) with some berries & honey on top or silken tofu blended up with a banana & some honey or blended with cocoa pwder & maple syrup to make a kind of choc mousse! occasionally cake or something
My DD loves bananas and custard ;D We also have apple pie and cream/custard/icecream, fruit crumble, bread and butter pudding (mmmm) chocolate pud. Also rice pudding and chocolate rice pudding, baked fruit with various toppings and my personal very favourite - strawberries and cream in the summer. Oh and we have yoghurt, banana cake, chocolate cake, trifle (yummy) vanilla sponge, flapjacks….lol you name it we have it but we don't have pudding every day - maybe three times a week ;D
we always have puddings after our main meals - i like to think that it is another opportunity to get nutrients into us
usually we have fruit or yogurt. yogurt is either an organic flavoured one, or plain yog with honey or fruit mixed in.
my dd does like jelly so we do this as a treat - to make it a bit 'healthier' we add tinned/frozen fruit and make it up with juice.
a great quick recipe for carribean bananas: chop a banana, heat up butter in a pan, add banana for a few mins, add some orange juice (about 20ml or so) and sprinkle with brown sugar and bubble it until it makes a slight sauce. delicious with plain yogurt or ice cream.
dh has invested in an ice cream maker so he likes to experiment with home made icecreams and sorbets
Mmm sounds nice. We have had one of those low fat grills (George Foreman I think it is) given to us and we caramelise bananas by slicing in half lengthways and rolling it in sugar then grilling it on the low fat grill. Very nice with cream ;D for a treat.
dd seems to be a real pudding girl, but sometimes that can be savoury - just as long as she's had 'something' she is happy ::)
Usually though it's fruit and yogurt, 'proper' licorice sticks, fruit pies, rice pudding, fruit compote, natural jelly, cake or biscuits…..if you make it yourself or buy good quality, it can be pretty healthy.
On sunday I do a spectacular something or other involving lots of cream and chocolate. ;D I think by not eating like that every day, dd really looks forward to it rather than 'expecting' it every day, you know?
(she says - do you ever worry that your kids will turn into McDonald's eating, sweet sucking, coke drinking teenagers? Sometimes I do wonder if I'm too controlling about food; it's such a balancing act….......)