Tuesday, 22 January 2013


It's simply a matter of survival - when the temperature drops this low you must hurry home and eat steaming hot jam sponge pudding. This one cooks in the microwave in three and a half minutes - just enough time to get a bowl and spoon out and make a cup of tea to wash it down.

Steamed jam sponge
Is your mouth watering?

Steamed Jam Sponge

To feed a greedy two or a moderate 4:

Take an egg and weigh it - mine was 60g. Use that amount of butter, sugar and self raising flour, plus 2 tablespoons milk and about 5 tablespoons jam (I used Bonne Maman strawberry - hence the lumps - cheaper is better here)

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat the egg with the milk and add it slowly to the butter and sugar. Fold in the flour. Put the jam in the bottom of a pudding basin, pour the cake batter on top, cover with clingfilm and cook on high for 3 and a half minutes in the microwave. Let it stand for a couple of minutes before turning it out and serving with custard.

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