Author Jean Morrison
Nothing Much Pudding
This simple recipe was given to me by Lyn, from Hay in NSW. There really is very little in the way of ingredients. NO flour, NO sugar, NO butter and NO eggs. When you make up the mixture it is very sloppy but don't be deterred. And note the colour change when the pudding is cooked. It's surprising.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Quantity: Serves 4
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1 large banana, mashed
2 cups soft bread crumbs, firmly packed
1 cup mixed fruit
1 teaspoon bi carbonate of soda, dissolved in
1 cup skimmed milk
Mix all the ingredients together well. Pour into a greased pudding bowl and cover with two thicknesses of greaseproof paper, tying down the paper tightly with string.
Steam in large saucepan of boiling water for 2 hours. Serves 4 with cream, custard or ice cream.
This recipe can easily change with whatever you have available in your pantry. You can use sultanas instead of mixed fruit. Maybe replace some of the mixed fruit with diced dried apricots. You can add grated lemon rind, cinnamon or even chopped nuts. Before up-ending the cooked pudding onto a plate you can lever a knife around the edges. This makes it easier for the pudding to slip out of the bowl.
Bananas are the largest member of the herb family. Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are thought to have originated in Malaysia but the word "banana" is African. They are rich in dietary fibre and potassium. Ripe bananas soothe the stomach. They have a high starch content which means they give us energy and they also work well as laxatives. they are the world's most popular fruit. Australia neither imports or exports bananas.
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