Five Easy Puddings To Try Now

Five Easy Puddings To Try Now

If you’re feeling like you could do with a bit of treat, a delicious pudding might be the simplest route to short term happiness. From nostalgic treats to warming tray bakes, here are five easy at-home recipes from food writer and SL contributor Chloe Scott-Moncrieff…

1. Blood Orange Syllabub


  • 300ml of double cream

  • 70g of caster sugar 

  • Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

  • 2 tbsp of brandy, sherry or whisky

  • Juice of 3 red oranges

  • Mint leaves (optional)


  1. Mix the orange juice with the sherry or whatever spirit you are using. Stir in the caster sugar. 
  2. When dissolved, add the double cream gradually, whisking as you pour, continuing until they become soft peaks. 
  3. ​Transfer to glasses, finely grate over lemon zest.

2. Microwave Treacle Sponge


  • 50g of butter, softened

  • 100g of caster sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 100g of plain flour

  • 1 tsp of baking powder

  • 3 tbsp of Golden Syrup


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the butter and sugar with the egg. Add flour and baking powder. 
  2. ​In a microwavable bowl, pour in enough Golden Syrup to sit at the bottom. Spoon in the cake mix. 
  3. Pop the lid on and microwave for 5 minutes. 
  4. ​Leave to stand then turn onto a dish and serve with vanilla ice cream.

3. Cheat’s Cheese Cake


  • 150g of cream cheese

  • 150ml of double cream

  • 100g of frozen berries, defrosted

  • ½ packet of ginger biscuits, crushed


  1. Whip the cheese with the double cream until fluffy. 
  2. Build up layers of biscuit, cream mix and berries in individual glasses.

4. Greek Yoghurt Banana Ice Cream 


  • 3 bananas

  • 3 tbsp of Greek yoghurt

  • 1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup

  • A pinch of cinnamon or drop of vanilla essence (optional)


  1. The night before: using a blender, whiz all the above ingredients. 
  2. Pop into the freezer. 
  3. ​Remove from the freezer to soften and serve. 

5. Sticky Ginger Traybake


  • 180g of self-raising flour

  • 110g of butter

  • 110g of muscovado sugar

  • 1 tsp of bicarbonate soda

  • 1-2 tsp of ground ginger

  • 300ml of milk

  • 150g of stoned dates, finely chopped

  • 3 tbsp of Golden Syrup

  • 80g of stem ginger 

  • 2 eggs


  1. In a pan, heat the sugar, butter and then pour in the milk and dates.  
  2. When cool, mix with the flour, bicarbonate of soda and everything else.
  3. ​Butter a 20cm long tray, pour in. Bake for 40-50 minutes. 
  4. Cook until it is sticky inside but not wet. 

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