Christmas Bread 'n' Butter Pudding

November 30, 2012 at 10:20 AMCoombeMill

A Pudding to Die for!

Clover Block


If you like mince pies and brandy then you will love this all so easy dessert. I have blogged 50 shades of Bread 'n' Butter before giving all sorts of delicious combinations to spice up this classic British pudding. The good folk from Clover gave me the chance to make something with their new Clover block which has been specially designed for cooking and were immediately sold on the idea of a Christmas Bread 'n' Butter Pudding.


Christmas Bread 'n' Butter Pudding

 

IngredientsChristmas B'n'B Pudding ingredients

White sliced bread, crusts removed

Clover Block

Evaporated Milk or whole milk

Caster sugar

Jar of Good quality mincemeat

An egg

Brandy / Amaretto

Glace Cherries, chopped

Dates, chopped

Icing sugar

Method

Step 1

Begin by liberally applying the clover block to the sliced bread on both sides. 

Grease a oven proof dish. You can use a big one but I like to make little individual pots.

Cut the buttered into triangles suitable for the size of your dish. I find eights or sixteenths work for my individual pots but quarters is fine for a large dish.

Arrange a layer in the bottom of the dish.

Coombe Mill Christmas Bread 'n'Butter Pudding preparation

 

Step 2

Using a desert spoon liberally scatter caster sugar over the bread layer

Add a layer of mince meat and scatter over chopped dates and cherries. The quantities here are very forgiving so just go with what looks right.

 

Coombe Mill Christmas Bread 'n'Butter Pudding preparation

 

Step 3

Make up the Sauce by whisking 250ml evaporated milk, whole milk or a mix of the two with 1 egg, a tablespoon of Brandy or Amaretto and a dash of vanilla essence. If you are making a large dish then you will need 500ml or more, you don't want to scrimp on the sauce or the finished pudding will be too dry.

Pour half the sauce mix over the pudding then repeat another layer as before and pour over the remaining sauce till all the bread is soaked and the liquid just coming up to the surface.

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees till bubbling and golden brown. This is approximately 15 minutes for mini individual puddings and up to 40 minutes for a large family size dish.  

 

Coombe Mill Christmas Bread 'n'Butter Pudding preparation

 

Making the Brandy Butter

Brandy butter is the perfect accompaniment to this Christmas Pudding. Simply whisk approximately one part Clover block to three parts icing sugar with a healthy splash of Brandy and chill.

 

Brandy Butter

 

To Serve

Serve the pudding hot with the chilled brandy butter for a truly indulgent Christmas Treat!

Christmas Bread 'n' butter pudding to die for!

 

Chef's Tip

The pudding can be made in advance and frozen. Defrost in the fridge overnight or in a microwave and reheat in the oven or microwave. I think I may have to make some of these up for our Christmas guests here at Coombe Mill this year. 

My verdict on Clover Block

I am a real butter fan and didn't honestly think my scrummy Bread and Butter pudding was going to work with Clover but I have to confess I really couldn't taste the difference. The Clover block spreads straight from the fridge and works just like butter in cooking and baking as well as boasting 30% less saturated fat.  Butter will be restricted to my toast and sandwiches from now on as Clover is the new butter in cooking!  To find out more about Clover, have a chance to win prizes and see more great recipes follow the Clover facebook page 


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Ted Needs Some Space

November 26, 2012 at 10:12 AMCoombeMill

6True Talent

I have been lucky enough to be able to review the most delightful new children's story book "Ted Needs Some Space" from the amazing illustrator Tim Stead. If you haven't heard of his work before then do take a ganter over his web site. Tim is a family man living in Cumbria with is wife and 2 year old son. He has created 4 children's books, they are highly illustrative and light hearted and perfect for preschool and infant school aged children. The 1st of his books is now in print at his on line shop together with posters from the book. My copy is available for our holiday guests to borrow in our Coombe Mill reception library.  

 

Ted Needs Some Space


Tim also has very reasonable prices for a variety of commission work, he is doing some work for Coombe Mill and I am delighted with the results, a real talent just being discovered. Here is just a sneak preview of what he has created for me, anyone who knows the farm or is familiar with our web site will see just how well Tim has captured Coombe Mill.


Coombemill Illustration by Tim Stead

 

About Ted Needs Some Space

This is a beautiful story of a Ted who is struggling for space amongst all the toys in a child's bed, he so wants some space, and so creates just that taking off into outer space. His wonderful adventure is marred by not having his friends to share in his excitement and so he returns happy to share his adventures and his bed with them again. I could relate to the story, as a couple of my children have struggled for bed space over the years amidst the pile of Teddies, and even now whilst no longer on the bed they still compete for space on the chair or shelf! 

Children's BedroomChildren's Bedroom

The book is currently on offer at £4.99, or £5.99 signed, including post and packing in the UK from Tim's online shop. You really can't go wrong for a stocking filler or a friend's birthday present. What's more, for every book purchased Tim is donating £1 to Chin Up a local charity in Cumbria providing respite care and breaks for families with a terminally ill child. 

Clio my 8 year old book worm gave her Teddies the chance to hear the story: 

You can read Tim's other books yourself on line at his web site.  

Win a Book and Poster Here:

I have a signed copy of Ted needs Some Space worth £5.99 AND an accompanying signed A3 poster worth £15 to give away here on the blog. They would make a perfect Christmas present for a special little person so do have a go. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying why you'd like to enter, remember to also leave a way for me to contact you.

To increase your chance of winning:

'Like' Timsteadillustration and Coombemill on Facebook and leave ONE separate comment here to say you have done so with your facebook name.

For an additional entry, follow  and Coombemill on Twitter and leave ONE extra comment here with your twitter name.

For one final entry, please tweet the following sentence and leave another comment to say you have done so:

I've entered to win the delightful children's book & poster from @steady333 & @coombemill http://bit.ly/XUBJgp Why don't you? Pls RT


The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Monday 10th December at midnight with the winner announced the following morning. Good luck to all taking part.

 

Disclosure: I was given my copy of Ted Needs Space to review for this competition and keep for our holiday visitors to use.  However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

This Competition is now closed. The Winner is Pink Oddy as selected by RandomOrg.com  

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Silent Sunday / Project 52

November 24, 2012 at 10:51 PMCoombeMill

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Thoughts and Prayers for Kerry aka Multiple Mummy  

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

November 23, 2012 at 11:57 PMCoombeMill

Cardinham Woods 

7 children, 1 dog and 2 Mums, a recipe for fun in the woods! We left the Dads working on the building site at Coombe Mill and set off for Cardinham Woods. Not a popular move at first with complaints of " but we have woods here Mum" but I had been given a discovery pass from the Forestry Commission and was keen to visit as my friend has guest posted about it before as one of their favourite family days out. Needless to say our children had a wonderful time creating plenty of adventures which were further embellished on their return.

Facilities

The car parking is ample and cheap at £2 per vehicle (or free for 1 named vehicle with a discovery pass) and signage from the main roads made it very easy to find. Just off the car park are toilets, a gorgeous cottage tea room with delicious looking food and a roaring log fire. I was impressed right from the start.

Facilities at Cardinham Woods

Seven Go On An Adventure

We were sent information leaflets and bags with our pass to encourage the children to collect and identify the trees and foot prints along the walk.

 

Signs and activities to inspire Kids

 

Living on a 30 acre wooded farm I didn't think my children would be interested in doing this, but actually they loved hunting for the tree leaves and took it all very seriously, or perhaps that was just the excuse to abandon the Mums, and go "off piste" along the lesser know paths on their own adventure leaving Benji the dog unsure who to follow!

 

7 Go On An Adventure

 

The trails are in fact all clearly marked up with distances and difficulty with the flatter ones being wheelchair and buggy friendly. Scenic picnic stops with bench tables are located along the way making it easy to stop and just take in the stunning scenery. The clearly marked paths did help our young explorers find their way back when their 'short cut' in search of the missing birch leaf and rabbit print had them quite lost! Then it wouldn't have been an adventure if they didn't lose us grownups!  

 

Wide paths and picnic tables at Cardinham Woods

 

By the time we all met up back at the car park the light was fading fast and we were pleased to see them all back safely. My friend and her daughter headed home; they had one filthy long haired quite exhausted dog to clean up, while mine headed over to play in the dark on the now deserted play area. All the equipment is wooden and tastefully carved into animals, another idea to add to my long list for Coombe Mill! 

 

 

Play Area at Cardinham Woods


If you fancy checking out your nearest Forestry Commission woods, they have a handy app for i-phone or android free to download as well as the website. The woods are free for everyone (just car parking to pay without a pass) and make for a healthy fun day out for children from babies to teenagers.  

Inspired to craft

Back at home the children emptied their haul of forest goodies on to the table and spent all evening creating from a leaf identification table to fir cone animals, leaf pictures and finally I made them up some flour and water dough to make modelling clay for 3D animals! I was thrilled with their interest and creativity and they were happy to create and rest their tired legs.

 

Woodland Crafts

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Apple & Cinnamon Festive Cakes

November 21, 2012 at 11:49 AMCoombeMill

When a friend brings a bag of autumn windfalls what's a girl to do? Bake of course! I love to experiment so here was the perfect opportunity. I have adapted my favourite yogurt cake recipe for this one. It is ideal as treat for the kids which are packed with goodness or served warm with my special sweet apple coulis and ice cream as a family pudding or add a dash of liquor to the coulis, dust the warm cakes with icing sugar and serve with clotted cream for the perfect dinner party dessert.

 

Apple and Cinnamon cakes with Apple & Amaratto Coulis

The Cakes

Ingredients

Choose your cup size and then measure everything with the same cup. I use a 125ml measuring cup from my bread maker but any cup or small yogurt pot will do.

2 cups of Self Raising wholemeal flourIngredients for apple & cinnamon cakes

1 cup of white self raising flour

2 cups of granulated sugar

1 cup of sunflower oil

1 cup of plain low fat yogurt

1 large egg

1 large cooking apple peeled and grated

1 - 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 a cooking apple in small chunks

Method

Place all ingredients except the apple chunks in a food processor and mix thoroughly.

Divide mixture into greased bun tins, mine filled 3 tins (36 buns).

Place a small apple chunk in the centre of each.

Cook in a hot oven about 200 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.

Remove and allow a few minutes to cool before turning out.

 

 Apple and cinnamon Cake Mix

The Accompanying Apple Coulis  

Ingredients

100ml of water

125g granulated sugar

Remaining two thirds of the large cooking apple left from making the cakes roughly chopped and skinned

40g butter

A tablespoon of golden syrup

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a desert spoon of Amaretto if desired

Method 

Place the chopped apple and sugar in a saucepan with the water and boil steadily for 2 minutes. Add the butter and continue to boil stirring gently for a further 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens to a toffee colour. Remove from the heat and stir in the syrup and liquor and or cinnamon if required. 

 

Making the Apple Coulis

This is so quick and simple to make whilst the cakes are cooking in the oven or cooling in the tin. Then simply serve together. 

 

Apple and Cinnamon Cakes ready to enjoy

Chef's Tips:

This can be prepared in advance for a dinner party including the sauce. Simply warm the cake in the oven and sauce on the hob  or both in the microwave just before serving. The quantity of coulis is sufficient for around 12 little cakes. 

The apple and cinnamon combination has a festive feel to it so Clio added her touch my making some Christmas iced decorations for the children's cakes which they enjoyed in their school packed lunches. 

 

Festive decorations

 

I am linking my recipe to the Christmas Finger food selection with AngieI love cake with  and Foodie Friday with  all worth a look for some mouth watering ideas

 

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April 14, 2012 at 10:05 AMCoombeMill

Welcome back

The Easter Holidays has seen many regular guests returning to Coombe Mill. I love to see the children meeting up with friends year after year, just as if they had seen each other yesterday! A few new faces each year soon learn to join in the fun, age doesn't matter, everyone just mucks in together united by their enjoyment of the farm.

Let's be eco crafty

Our regular guests from Camel lodge love to organise a build a boat competition. Armed with sticky tape they then challenge all the children wanting to participate to raid the recycling bins and build a winning model sailing boat. A good hour after the feed run is taking up with each perfecting their design, sticking and taping till all are ready.

Eco Model Sail Boats ready to launch on the River

Sailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe MillSailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe MillSailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe Mill

 

Sailing away

Now the real fun begins as down to the river they go, proudly armed with their eco sailing boats. All participants eagerly scale the river bank, wading in for the starting line ready for the grand countdown to launch. You can hear from the screams and shouts on the video just how much excitement is involved!

 

launching the boats at Coombe Milllaunching the boats at Coombe Milllaunching the boats at Coombe Mill



The Winning Line

Coombe Mill bridge provides the perfect finishing line and everyone delights in watching them sail under the bridge .  It's fair to say there are more wet wellies than dry by the end, and that is not just the children!

launching the boats at Coombe MillOn the finishing lineCollecting the boats past the bridge

Mums and Dads relax over coffee outside Camel

 

Well done the Mums and Dads!

Chief organisers relaxing with a well earned coffee while the children are off playing.

 

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