Sussex Pond Pudding

After being told that it is the quintessentially traditional English dessert, I went in search of the Sussex Pond Pudding.

Traditional English puddings Sussex Pond Pudding

But with no luck. I scoured Google for any tell tale signs of the deliciously rich sauce, which oozes out onto the plate when the pudding is cut open to serve. But there is nothing.  Not one restaurant,  I could find, that included it on their dessert menus.

Best British traditional puddings Sussex Pond Pudding

Plenty of recipes though. All extolling the the merits of this elusive sticky treat.

Whilst it is not the most attractive of puddings, the rich suet pastry encases a delicious filling of brown sugar and butter, with a whole lemon placed in the centre. As the pudding steams, the lemon softens flavouring the butter and brown sugar which when cut open, pools around the plate giving it, it’s name and the sticky goodness which keeps one coming back for more.

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But it is not as traditional as it would first appear.

The addition of the lemon  is a relatively new innovation. The original recipe was a suet crust flavoured with currants and sugar that’s rolled around a ball of sweetened butter.



In the south of England

It was the homemade cake that first caught my eye at Tierra Kitchen in Lyme Regis.

Homemade cakes Lyme Regis Dorset the South Coast

But that was just the beginning of a long slippery slope. Their puddings and cakes taste as good as they look.

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How do you choose between passion fruit poached pear with Turkish delight ice cream and the outrageously tempting vegan and gluten free chocolate and raspberry delice?

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Offering some of the best desserts in Dorset and southern England, Tierra Kitchen can be found in Lyme Regis in the cultural quarter.

Delicious dessert puddings and cakes Lyme Regis Dorset southern England

Crumble and Cream

The Coal Exchange in Emsworth is a regular stop for a homemade Apple Crumble

Traditional homemade desserts Emsworth Hampshire

A nice big plate that is drowning in cream. They also do a good Lemon Meringue and sweet sticky sponge pudding.

Sweet and sticky sponge pudding Emsworth Hampshire

Traditional English desserts to round off a leisurely home cooked pub lunch. Simple wholesome food and the hospitality that keeps one coming back over and over.

Home cooked roast beef with horseradish sauce

Indian rice pudding

Many years ago I had a favourite Indian restaurant on Corlett Drive in Johannesburg. They served an Indian rice pudding as a speciality on their dessert menu.

Kheer Indian rice pudding in the UK

A rare treat I have searched high and low for ever since. I assume it was Kheer and infused with saffron. But I have yet to find anything that compares.

Authentic Kheer Indian rice pudding South Coast

Although it is also the dessert menu that has me going back to Darbar in Emsworth. For both their rice pudding and a very sweet doughnut type dessert which I think is Gulab Jamun.

Gulab Jamun Indian doughnut in syrup

Typically English

Whenever I am in Southampton I make a point of stopping for a pub lunch at the Duke of Wellington.

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Which invariably ends with a typically English pudding

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Steamed sponge pudding, sticky sweet and swimming in fresh cream

Traditional English puddings

Or the Spotted Dick served with custard.

Dipping fingers

One of my regular stops in town is the Chantry in Chichester

Bread & butter pudding on the south coast

It’s a Stonegate Pub so expect some faceless executive, lost in a back office somewhere, no one quite knows where, to change the menu in the near future.

But for now my order is for their bread & butter pudding dipping fingers.

Local pubs in Chichester West Sussex

Tt is typical of the local pubs in Chichester. Their prices are competitive and affordable. But the menu is sufficiently different to be worth a second look.

Value for money breakfast in Chichester West Sussex

For the late risers and brunch crowd they offer the best value for money breakfast in Chichester. With two of everything. And their burgers do what burgers are supposed to do.