Sanctuary Pudding

A delicious baked pudding, Sanctuary Pudding may be served with lots of warm custard for a filling winter dessert.

½ oz. plus

1 teaspoon butter

1 oz. flour

6 fl. oz. milk

1 tablespoon grated orange rind

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

2 tablespoons soft brown sugar

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

2 oz. sultanas or seedless raisins

1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored and diced

2 egg whites, stiffly beaten

With the teaspoon of butter, grease a 2-pint ovenproof dish and set it aside.

Preheat the oven to warm 325 ‘F (Gas Mark 3, 170°C).

In a small saucepan, melt 1 ounce of the remaining butter over moderate heat. Remove the pan from the heat and, with a wooden spoon, stir in the flour to make a smooth paste. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly, and being careful to avoid lumps. Return the pan to the heat and stir in the orange rind and nutmeg. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is very thick.

Remove the pan from the heat and beat in the sugar. Add the beaten egg yolks, a little at a time, and continue beating until the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Stir in the sultanas or seedless raisins and set aside.

In a small frying-pan, melt the remaining butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the apple and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes or until it is golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat and, with a slotted spoon, transfer the apple to kitchen paper towels to drain. Stir the apple into the milk mixture.

With a metal spoon, fold the stiffly beaten egg whites into the mixture. Spoon the batter into the prepared dish. Set aside.

Place the dish in a baking tin and pour in enough hot water to come half-way up the side of the dish. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the centre of the pudding comes out clean. Remove the tin from the oven and the dish from the tin. Place a serving dish, inverted, over the top of the dish and, holding the two firmly together, reverse them. The pudding should slide out easily. Serve immediately.

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