Let zem eat cake

Peach Pudding and Homemade Custard

"Be yourself, Because everybody else, is already taken." Oscar Wilde

Well, another Saturday has passed since the day of the earth ending, and well,
we are all still here, yet again.

So I decided to get all the friends together and celebrate by eating cake.

Since I have not had a crowd in my house for some time, I was hoping my hostess etiquette was up to scratch, I had remembered to dust the picture frames, buy sufficient stock in white gold toilet paper and most importantly remembered to pay the electricity bill.

Once everyone had warmed themselves up by the fire, and had some gluwein to get rid of that final chill left from the nippy air outside, We all tucked in to my mom's peach pudding and some classic malva pudding, which was served with dollops of vanilla icecream, or my homemade custard.

If you have hosted or been to a lot of dinner parties you will notice that as soon as everyone has eaten, people start to relax and, with the help of a little wine, the conversation flows, and there is a general welcoming hum of talking and eating and drinking.

Between serving up more trays of cakes, and hovering around groups eavesdropping on conversations I was interested to hear one centering around my rather interesting array of books in the bathroom.

Now, I am a voracious reader, I consume books faster than I would hamburgers, and I couldn't possibly waste my time on tatty gossip magazines, but rather have lined the shelves near the loo with books of wisdom such as;

"The retox diet" by Rohan Candappa which poses questions to the likes of:
"Relationships with food, do they all have to be bad?
How often have you heard it said that someone has a 'bad relationship' with food?
At The Retox Diet we just say that such thinking is far too negative. Surely its time to we examined, catalogued, and indeed celebrated the alternative relationships that are possible and, we would argue, far more common with food.

Alternative relationships you can have with certain foods in your life:
In love
In lust
Having a crush on
Having a long-term relationship with
The bit on the side
The ex
The transitional
The childhood sweetheart

The most popular, however, was the bright pink copy of "The fat girl's guide to life" by Wendy Shanker.

In her book Wendy, another anti-dieting champion, takes on dieting and the weightloss industry, the media and celebrities and the dreaded "fat" word. She, like myself has just really been on one to many diets, and really had enough of it.

"Weight loss is one of the only products or services we buy into where we blame the failure of the product on ourselves. When you order a hamburger in a restaurant that doesn't taste good, you don't blame your taste buds. When you buy nail polish that chips, you don't blame your fingernails. Paying for a weight loss programme is like gambling at a Casino in Vegas. the odds of the house are against you. Once in a blue moon someone randomly hits the jackpot - just often enough to make us think that we can win, too. But, if you don't hit the jackpot, you can't logically blame yourself. the system is designed for the house to win.
Really, giving your hard-earned dollars to a weight loss programme is essentially the same as dumping your quarters into a slot machine."

But enough of that, onto the cake!

Here is my mom's glorious recipe for peach pudding: a warm sticky pud with jewels of sweet peaches hidden in the cakey batter. I served it with dollops of homemade custard -which is actually not yellow, but a creamy light orange, dependant on the colour of the egg yolks and not Ewhatever25.

Peach Pudding

Serves 8

For the cake:
1x 810g tin of peaches, drained
125 g butter
125 g castor sugar
2 beaten eggs
250 ml milk
250 g cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

For the sauce:
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 160◦C.

Open the tin of peached and drain off the juice.
Cream the butter and the sugar together.
Beat in the eggs and then add the milk.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
Slowly add the liquid to the dry ingredients.
Pour half of the dough into a greased 25- 26 cm dish.
Place the peaches on top, and cover with remaining batter.

Melt the butter and honey together, and mix well.

Place the cake in the preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven and pour over the honey sauce.

Homemade custard
Makes 1 Litre

1 Litre of milk
5 ml vanilla powder
2 eggs
2 extra egg yolks
60 g sugar
24 ml flour

Scald the milk on the stove (heat until almost boiling), add the vanilla powder.
In a large pot, thoroughly mix the eggs, sugar and flour until smooth (you can sieve this mixture into the pot).
Slowly add in the warm milk, and whisk well.
Bring the custard slowly to the boil, making sure to whisk well to avoid lumps.
Serve immediately.