Eve’s Pudding

After being guests of some English friends of ours, who allowed us to try some of their national food heritage, we had the chance to discover a fabulous – to say the very least - dessert: it’s called Eve's Pudding, made by none other than our friend Bill. The recipe for this dessert has been borrowed from a book by the famous British chef Jamie Oliver, and when faced with the result we couldn’t help but savour and appreciate - not without some greediness - this inventive pudding from the world of desserts. We therefore decided to make this delicacy available to our readers too: a pudding with a base of mixed fruit cooked in butter and spices, coated with a batter not unlike that for sponge cake, and then baked. Serve with a spoon of cold, fat-free yogurt: the result is outstanding!


  • apples A kilo and a half of apples and pears
  • butter A knob of butter for cooking the fruit + butter for greasing 200g butter for the sponge
  • brown sugar 100g of brown sugar for the fruit + 200g of brown sugar for the sponge
  • cinnamon A pinch of cinnamon
  • bay leaves A bay leaf
  • nutmeg A grating of nutmeg
  • vanilla extract A few drops of vanilla essence
  • eggs 4 units
  • plain flour 200 grams
  • yeast A small teaspoon of baking powder
70 minutes Total time
40 minutes Active time
Serves 6 persons
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Start by pre-heating the oven to 180°C. Put the butter and brown sugar with all the spices in a saucepan. Add the peeled fruit cut into large chunks. Cover the pan and cook over a low heat for half an hour. Meanwhile beat the remaining butter with the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time with the flour. Then add the baking powder. Grease an oven dish, then transfer the stewed fruit to the bottom of the dish without its sauce. Spoon the prepared batter over the fruit. Bake at 180°C for 40 minutes. After cooking, serve the pudding with the hot fruit sauce and fresh cream, a bit of yoghurt or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

In making our Eve’s pudding we used strongly flavoured spices, such as bay, cinnamon and nutmeg. If you like you could also use some fresh ginger.
Eve’s Pudding is a dessert inspired, as mentioned, by the British culinary tradition, generally made during the autumn season.

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