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Ingredients

  • 225 g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 120 g frozen butter (that has been frozen, or, if preferred, vegetable suet)
  • 130 ml/fl oz low fat milk
  • 15 g icing sugar sifted in with the flour
  • 3 tblsp your favourite jam - raspberry, loganberry, rhubarb or blackberry etc.
  • icing sugar for garnish (optional)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 190C fan oven /400F/Gas 6. 200c conventional oven.
  • Put a roasting tin filled half way up with water into the oven. (This creates the steam for the pudding).
  • Sieve the flour and icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Grate the frozen butter and add to the bowl. Freezing the butter makes the pastry very cold.
  • Pour the milk into the bowl and combine. You may need a little more to form a soft, but not sticky dough. Mix gently with a stainless steel spoon (this will ensure maximum coldness)
  • Put the mixture onto the work top and knead for a minute till the dough becomes smooth.
  • Roll into a rectangle, about 1cm thick.
  • Spread the jam over the pastry leaving about 1 cm around the circumference of the pastry.
  • Brush all around the edges of the pastry with a little water.
  • Gently roll the pudding into a ‘swiss roll’ shape.
  • Cut a large rectangle of parchment paper.
  • Place the pudding on a non stick baking tray preferably and on top of the paper. Brush the top of the pudding with a little water and sprinkle some dark brown sugar on the top.
  • Very loosely cover the pudding with the paper. Make a big airy packet with the paper, giving loads of room for the pudding to rise and expand. Twist the two ends like twisting a sweet.
  • Bake for 35 - 40 minutes.
  • Take out and serve with homemade custard or some freshly whipped Irish cream flavoured with a vanilla pod or extract.