2/4/09

Awww....what the heck!

So last night I had dessert for supper, JUST DESSERT, oh yes!

I had one of those nights when I didn't know what I fancied and THEN....I found the Heinz Syrup Sponge and Bird's Custard in the cupboard and my fate was settled.

I knew it was bad for me, but oooh it tasted sooo good. I do feel a little less guilty having had good cholesterol and blood sugar results last week!

And a little indulgence now and then is good for the soul - right??!

:-)

Well Betsy asked for a description of the above Brit' dessert and seeing as Silverback is dying to see how I describe them, here goes! The sponge is a fairly light sponge mix, like you'd get in a cake, but with brown sugar and a little Golden Syrup (a bit like Karo but not quite!) in the mix. It has a thick syrupy sauce of sugar and Golden Syrup spread all over the surface. This kind of goes all gooey and sticky and is very sweet and scrummy. Alot of people steam these type of sponge puddings and I would if it was homemade.

Onto Custard, which is made from egg yolks, milk, sugar and vanilla essence. It is always a shade of yellow and custard is a national obsession in England. We stick it on most hot pies, sponges, fruits, tarts....oh you name it and we can eat it with custard. I adore banana custard, which is basically just a banana chopped up in custard - delicious. We even had a children's cartoon called Rhubarb & Custard, which also just happens to be delicious too! Hope that answers your questions Betsy, and Silverback approves?!

24 comments:

Jan said...

Hmmm. OK. I've never heard of Heinz Syrup Sponge and Bird's Custard; and who am I to judge, I think pumpkin pie is the best breakfast, ever.

expateek said...

Yum! That looks delish! Mmmmm custard....

Silverback said...

Absolutely yum. I'm still waiting for Dennis here to open up two of my Christmas pressies to him...........Spotted Dick (obviously) and Birds Custard.

I'm just assuming he believes in the 'it's good to share' policy that I subscribe to !!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

To each their own is what I say. I also say that moderation in all things is excessive.

Daryl said...

Do I want to know what a Heinz Syrup Sponge is?

Pie is the best breakfast ever ..

willow said...

Right!!! Now I'm starving....

Lover of Life said...

Interesting stuff! Sometimes the SOUL needs dessert for dinner.

Betsy from Tennessee said...
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Betsy from Tennessee said...

Sorry Sarah, I wanted to reword my comment so I deleted the first one. Sorry about that!!! Anyhow---since I don't know what Heinz Syrup Sponge and Bird's Custard is, I don't know what to say about it. The picture makes it look like a great dessert...

I try NOT to eat too many desserts --but sometimes, ice cream calls my name!!! SO--I can't keep it in the house very often... ha

Explain more about your special dessert please.
Hugs,
Betsy

Silverback said...

Betsy, I'm looking forward to Sarah trying to describe one of our classic desserts to you !

Off to read your blog now. TN is one of my fav states.

Natasha said...

My grandmother sometimes bakes an apple pie for dinner and eats every last bit of it, without any help whatever.

Ah. To some things we can only aspire.

George said...

You're making me hungry!

Sandy said...

Nope, I see no problem in it at all.
I know I love a good brownie in the morning. :)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

We must be on the same wave length.
As I was rooting through the pantry last night, I cam across a tin of the very same sponge pudding (courtesy of my imported British goods site), and Bird's custard from Publix Grocery store.
I was going to make a dish of it right there and then, until I looked at the clock 11PM not such a good idea ....
Today it is rice pudding night, hmmm, I blame it being raised in a bakery :)
Great picture !

Anonymous said...

Yum, and the blessed Robbie would surly have approved:)
Cheerie
Effin Grannie

Susie of Arabia said...

I've been known to just have a piece of cheesecake for dinner on occasion. Guilty pleasure.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Goodness, Sarah... That sounds absolutely tremendous!!! Made my mouth water just reading your description. Goodness---sounds like I could eat that 3 meals a day!!!! Oops -----guess not!!! ha ha..

Gee---I am learning so much by blogging.. George (hubster) has been to England--but not me. I would love to visit there someday!!! Sigh!!!

Thanks, Sarah, for taking time to 'splain to this ole southern girl about some of your delicious British foods!!!! YUM!

Hugs,
Betsy

Almost American said...

What an excellent dining decision! More than enough calories in that for a meal - and with the milk in the custard it's really quite nutritious. If I didn't have small children in the house who are still being taught that real meals have protein, veggies, and a starch, I'd have dinners like yours on a regular basis!

Mmm said...

YUM YUm YUM. Yes, remember "Rhubarb and Custard" too--forgot that cartoon until you noted it. YUm again!!

Sassy Britches said...

How cool is this?! And I've never heard of "scrummy," but the thought makes me feel good all over.

pamokc said...

Oh yes, the Birds Custard is a fave around here, and someone (not me) especially likes the skin (or film) it makes when cooled.

Linda said...

I'm an Okie that loves all things British, so I will be stalking your blog.

I have wanted to try Lyle's Golden Syrup ever since I saw it featured in The Pastry Queen cookbook--do you have a "source"? I've only seen it on Amazon.

pamokc said...

Note to Linda: Try the Canterbury Shop on North May Avenue -- it is a British goods store. There are also some English food stores online where you can find it and have it mailed to you! It is a sticky sweet syrup, not like Karo, not like honey either.

Janet said...

Oh dear, oh dear, this is one of my faves, coming in somewhere beteen jam roly poly and apple crumble. I can't believe you had this lurking in the cupboard, BTW, did I mention - I hate you. :-)