The great British pudding

Earlier this week it was British Pudding Day. Now we Brits do love our puddings – and we’re pretty darn good at making them too.

bread & butter pudding

As a young child, one of my fondest holiday memories is of Mrs P’s exceedingly good spotted dick and custard. Of course we’ve moved on a bit since the days of suet this and treacle that – there’s plenty of finesse and artistry on display in many of the restaurants I’ve worked in.

apple pudding

But at this time of year there’s something very comforting about a rich, sweet and warm pudding. Let’s be honest, with Christmas just around the corner it’s all downhill on the waistline front anyway, so why not indulge in a proper pudding? All thoughts of healthy yoghurt and fruit salad should be swiftly set aside (at least until January 1, 2011).

pineapple dessert

Over the course of the past year or so I’ve shot some truly delightful puddings – including traditional apple pie and ice cream, banoffee pie, fresh fruit fools and meringues, tiramisu and cheesecake.

red berry cheesecake

Looking back through hundreds of pudding images I’ve come to the conclusion that desserts are actually my favourite type of food to shoot.

chocolate fondant

Yes, they pose their own set of technical challenges (especially related to temperature, light and composition) but when the Gods are smiling and it all comes together, the results can be highly satisfying. When people tell me to stop putting temptation in front of them via this blog, I know I’m doing something right.

sponge & custard

Enjoy a good British pudding and be proud of what we produce.

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