Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sweet Summer 3: Maribel Steel's Summer Pudding, Rhubarb Fool

Recipe from My Mother’s Harvest: a collection of family recipes & short stories by Maribel Steel

You can’t go wrong with this summer pudding using stewed fruit and creamy chilled custard. Originally known as ‘Raspberry Fool’ in England, this recipe was handed down through my family using rhubarb from our garden.

Chop up 2 cups of rhubarb, sweeten to taste with a little raw sugar and place in a saucepan.
Add half a cup of water. Simmer gently until soft.
Allow to cool and chill in fridge.

Make the custard using 2 cups of milk (500mls)
Place 3 tablespoons of custard powder in a small bowl.
Add a few tablespoons of milk and stir into a smooth paste.
Place in a clean saucepan and gently add the custard mix with remaining milk, stirring continually until the custard is thick and creamy.

Add chilled stewed rhubarb to custard and mix well.
Pour into individual parfait dishes or a decorative serving bowl and refrigerate.
Once chilled and custard has become firm – you are ready to dish up this yummy summer delight!

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”
Oscar Wilde

About the Author:
Maribel Steel is a freelance and travel writer, inspirational speaker, mother and vocalist. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first book, My Mother’s Harvest, was written as a surprise gift for her family and was published in December 2012.

Good Reads -  - Review by Hazel Edwards
My Mother’s Harvest (book/ebook)
“a usable collection of recipes linked by well written family stories with a Spanish influence. Great gift for a family cook offering realistic tastes you could use, based on fresh garden produce. Has a vitality in the writing blending three generations. Loved the TARKA APPLE AND RHUBARB JAM for the world premiere in Melbourne in 2010 of her partner Harry's Tarka music (his father wrote 'Tarka the Otter' ) which connects the music, food and creativity.

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  1. Great recipe and something that even a cook like me can manage in summer.

  2. Yes Hazel, it's so easy, a blind chef can do it!