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Celebrating is about sharing, telling stories, talking. It's about eating a piece of cake that a friend made for you, having a glass of wine or savoring a cup of coffee. It's that unknown sensation that doesn't let you get up from the table after eating. It's much more than just placing silverware and plates on a table, it's creating an ambience, a style, a sensation, an unforgettable memory.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Upside down little puddings

New Year came along and I wish you all the best a happy, healthy, prosperous and well savour life to live.

I made these little puddings the last day of the year thinking we may have to have a bite of something sweet with a glass of Champagne for the transition to the new year.....
I spent the night in a Greek tavern, eating fresh mediterranean food, dancing on the table and drinking Retsina, surrounded by very happy people and great music.

Back to the little puddings, the recipe came from the British magazine Delicious.
(I don't know why but they remind me of Downton Abbey)

For the topping:
30g soft butter
30g soft  brown sugar
24 shelled pecan halves
100g cranberries (fresh or frozen)

For the sponge:
100g soft butter
100g caster sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
2 eggs, beaten
50g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking power
50g ground almonds

For the crème anglaise:
150ml whole milk
50ml  double cream
2 large egg yolks
25g caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour
Finely grated zest of 1/2 orange

For the topping mix the butter and sugar together, spread the mixture over the base of the little baking cups. Arrange pecans and cranberries on top.
To make the sponge cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat the in the orange zest. Gradually beat in the egg, adding a small spoonful of flour with the last addition.
Sift over the remaining flour and baking power, and gently fold into the mixture along with the ground almonds.
Divide the sponge mixture between the baking cups, put in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer pushed into the center of the pudding comes out clean.
For the crème anglaise bring the milk and cream to the boil, briefly whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl, then whisk in the cornflour and orange zest. 
Whisk the hot creamy milk into the yolk and sugar mixture, then return it to the pan and stir over a medium low heat for a few minutes until the mixture thicken. Do not let mixture boil.
Turn out onto serving plates and serve with the hot crème anglaise. They are great without the cream too, their flavour and texture are delicate and soft. Comforting and easy to make.
Serves 8 (mini baking cups) 

I must start the year thanking all my blogging food communities and blogger friends for encouragement, support, sharing your precious moments and treasures. 
I respect  your courage, commitment, determination, and perseverance.

My great admiration to all of you!!!  all the best  

Lola, xoxo


The Mom Chef said...

I spent a few days in Greece once and remember at least one person dancing on the table. Sounds like you were in the right place for New Year's!

The puddings are beautiful. Even if the creme anglaise isn't needed, I'd definitely include it. Yum!

Maggie said...

Beautiful presentation...these are just gorgeous. It is very nice to "meet" you my newest blogger friend. It sounds like you rang in the new year with lots of fun. Looking forward to reading more of your recipes. Happy New Year!

Tina said...

Greek does sound like a fun way to go when ringing in the New Year. I love Greek cuisine!
Your recipe here does have some great wintery flavors, pecans and cranberries. I like that they are individual desserts and I would eat them with or without the creme anglaise. Delicious post!

Chic & Gorgeous Treats said...

Oh I love puddings.. and your upside down little puddings are just perfect. What can I say, I just love food.. Am drooling right now..Happy New Year Lola!! Here's to another year of fantastic food blogging!! Huggsss, Jo

Sandra said...

Sound like you had fun on a New Year Eve..good for you!!
Your puddings look awesome, I love that rich color on top! Well Done!
Have a great New Year!!!!

Sarah said...

These are gorgeous! Your New Years sounds like it was fantastic- much more excited than mine which was spent on the couch with a cold.

Lovely post and Happy New Year!

janet@fromcupcakestocaviar said...

These look delicious! I love the flavors in this dessert and think I really need to try it :-D

Veronica Cervera said...

I love this puddings!

Anonymous said...

Lola~ These are spectacular! Not only does the recipe read like a dream....they're STUNNING! Very, very nicely done!

Christine's Pantry said...

A great way to ring in the New Year. The puddings look so good. Well done.

Lizzy Do said...

Beautiful puddings! I love that you used tart cranberries...I can rationalize the creme anglaise is necessary for balance :) Mmmmmmmm.

Recetario Spanglish para mis hijos said...

They look great!!!! Have a wonderful year!

Magic of Spice said...

Now that sounds like a way to celebrate New Years Eve :)And I love this delightful recipe, anything with creme anglaise gets my vote :)
Happy New Year!

Eliotseats said...

What a great way to start the new year---dancing in Greece. Wonderful!

Cathy Pieroz said...

Wow these look tasty and present so colorful. Looking forward to giving them a go :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills

raquel said...

I love this pudding looks moist and I love the toppings.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look divine! A wonderful dessert.



Rosita Vargas said...

Woow ..lucen hermosos me encantan los arándanos y su presentación,abrazos y buen año nuevo

Okto said...

You have made that delicious puddings becomes more delicious. Great recipes.

Stephanie said...

Happy New Year! These little puddings look so tasty and sound perfect to have with a glass of champagne!

Valerie said...

I absolutely ♥ Greek food! What a wonderful way to spend New Years Eve.

Your little upside-down puddings are adorable!

Susan and Abraham said...

this is a creative little idea, the ingredients list is making me crave here...

Simply Life said...

oh these are so cute! what a great idea for guests!

ameanderingmango said...

Happy New Year! These little cakes look scrumptious - love the addition of creme anglaise (my fav) - thanks for sharing!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I never had puddings like these before. They almost look like muffins. I love pecans and cranberries combo! It was great to meet you last year and I look forward to your posts in 2012!

Julie at Burnt Carrots said...

These look delicious and I love your photos. It sounds like you had a lot of fun New Year's Eve. We are always so boring and can barely stay up until midnight!