The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.
Sussex pond pudding with Meyer lemon sauce serve with cream, delicious! My Meyer lemon has started to blossom, you can imagine how fragrant the air when you pass this tree.
My curiosity would have been paid off, if I could find the real suet to make the pastry. I was disappointed, but it should not be the end of the world, I can still made the pastry with butter as the substitute. The important thing is, I didn't miss the challenge just because I couldn't find the important ingredient for this traditional British Pudding, suet!.
I made what is called "Sussex Pond Pudding", instead of making it in a big bowl, I chose to make it into individual sizes. I also chose the recipe that require the least amount of time to steam. I found the recipe from Delia, she is like the Martha Stewart of England if you wish (according to my British friend). There is nothing I don't like about the recipe, the ingredients are also very simple, and uses lemon. Anything with lemon always sound good, yes?
So, the most challenging part for me beside finding the suet was to transfer the pastry to fit nicely into my molds, but that was minor I guess. The result was pretty good with a slightly bittersweet taste which I kind of like. You can find the recipe here if you are interested of making it.
Thank you Esther, it was a nice and delicious challenge. And thanks to Lisa and Yvonne who created this wonderful event.