The Musette: sticky banana pudding

Got a couple of bananas hanging around in the fruit bowl? Okay so you could make that lockdown staple banana bread or cake but why not make pudding instead? You all know how my beloved husband loves his puddings!

This self-saucing, all in one pudding is baked until the sponge has risen and set, while underneath lurks a luscious sticky sauce. If you fancy something sweet, sticky and utterly yummy, you can’t go wrong with this pudding, especially served with good-quality vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Ingredients (serves 4 hungry cyclists)

  • 125g (1 cup) plain (all purpose) flour, though I tend to use wholemeal
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 115g (2/3 cup) raw cane sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk or plant-based equivalent
  • 85g (1/3 cup) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 medium egg or 1 tbsp chia seeds and 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract

Topping

  • 115g (2/3 cup) raw cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas mark 4 (350ºF/320ºF fan). Grease a 2-ltr (1 lb) baking dish and put the dish on a baking tray.

2. Make the topping by putting the sugar, golden syrup and 250ml (1 cup) boiling water in a small saucepan and bringing it gently to the boil. Take off the heat.

3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, then add the salt, sugar. Mix to combine well.

4. In another bowl mash the banana with the milk, melted butter, egg and vanilla and whisk together well.

5. Add wet ingredients to dry and incorporate gently using figure of eight movements with a spatula.

6. Pour into the baking dish and put the dish on a baking tray.

7. Carefully pour the topping evenly over the pudding, then bake for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool slightly – if you can – before serving with vanilla ice cream or cream.

Sculpture Saturday #15

The equestrian statue of Louis XIV is located in the centre of the Peyrou promenade in Montpellier (Hérault). It was erected in 1828 and classified as a historic monument in 1954. This bronze statue is the second version of the representation of the king, the first one having been destroyed by the French Revolution in 1792 and turned into cannons. It’s based on the drawings of Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708), replicated by sculptor Jean-Baptiste Joseph Debay (1802-1862) and cast by Auguste-Jean-Marie Carbonneaux (1769 -1843).

If you want to join in this challenge hosted by the Mind over Memory blogger:-

  • Share a photo of a sculpture
  • Link to the Mind over Memory’s post for Saturday Sculpture

Go on, give it a go, you know you want to!