Whether sweet or savoury, you can’t deny that a big bowl of pudding is worth grabbing the big spoon.
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12 Dec 2019 - 11:40 AM  UPDATED 12 Dec 2019 - 12:23 PM

Australian sourdough bread pudding 

Maybe the bread pudding started with the British, but Australia has beautiful bakeries, and we all love sourdough! So what do we do when it goes stale or we have off-cuts? This is a great warming dessert or sliced and served with tea. Rich, flavoursome and very economical to make.

Sourdough bread pudding
 

Lithuanian potato pudding (Kūgelis)

Savoury pudding? Absolutely! Very similar to the Ashkenazi Jewish dish kugel, from which it is almost certainly derived, it is also typically made from potato. It is important that you use particularly starchy ones here – if you can’t find any, then add some cornflour (cornstarch) to the mix as it’s important that everything binds together well. Commonly served with apple or lingonberry preserves, this also tastes delicious reheated.

Potato pudding (Kūgelis)

Spanish pasta pudding

Known as Saint John’s pasta pudding, this dessert from Ibiza is synonymous with the midsummer celebration of Sant Joan at the end of June. There’s even a small white-washed village called Sant Joan de Labritja. This pasta-based version of rice pudding was originally made to use up homemade pasta before the heat of summer spoiled the batch. It used to be served with water, as milk was considered a luxury, but thankfully, nowadays, milk is the standard, which makes this a much creamier and more delicate treat.

Saint John’s Pasta Pudding

Lebanese spiced rice pudding

This chilled rice pudding is spiced with the classic Lebanese aromatics of cinnamon, nutmeg, caraway and anise! It can be made ahead of time, which is handy for entertaining. Serve with strong black coffee or tea to balance out the creamy sweetness. 

Spiced rice pudding

Sri Lankan semolina pudding (kesari)

Served warm or cold, these sweet Sri Lankan puddings are perfect as a year-round snack. Enjoy it like the Sri Lankans with an aromatic spiced tea as an afternoon pick-me-up!

Sri Lankan semolina pudding

Italian ‘Pick me up’ pudding (tiramisù)

Tiramisu is easily the most exported Italian dessert. Many don’t know that it was first devised in Treviso, at the restaurant Le Becchiere. A recent dispute between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia has put a question mark on its actual authorship, stating that there are actually four original versions: two Venetian (from the Treviso area), and two from the neighbouring region, and that all are legit. For tiramisu, Italian-style percolated (Moka pot) coffee is best. A concentrated cafetière brew works, too, while filter or instant coffee won’t stand up to the task.

Traditional Italian tiramisu.

Chinese mango pudding

Every single Cantonese restaurant in the world has mango pudding on the menu. This recipe from Dan Hong gives this classic more texture and puts his own stamp on it by adding tapioca, those mouth-popping balls that you eat with frozen yoghurt, fresh pomelo and mango, as well as passionfruit granita to accentuate the tropical fruit vibe.

English Queen of puddings

This traditional English pudding is quintessential nursery food – nurturing, soul-warming and economical. Feel free to replace the mixed berry jam with raspberry, plum or strawberry to ensure the sweet but subtle middle layer suits your tastes.

Jewish vegetable pudding (kugel)

Derived in name and form from German kugel puddings, the Jewish kugel, a bake of various grated vegetables and egg, is a popular side dish made during festive holidays. For Passover Seder, grain products of noodles or pasta are often replaced with matzo meal.

Mexican bread pudding (capirotada)

Often served on Good Friday, this golden Mexican bread pudding consists of chunks of bread soaked in a sweet sherry mixture, and topped with queso Oaxaca, a stringy Mexican cheese that is similar to mozzarella.

South African Vinegar pudding (asynpoeding)

South Africans are renowned for their sweet tooths and many different types of poedings (puddings) feature among their line-up of traditional desserts. This classic vinegar pudding is not nearly as sour as the name would suggest – the vinegar (asyn) in the sugar syrup simply adds a nice balance in flavour and counteracts the intensity of the sweetness.

Straight to the sauce: it’s Chocolate Pudding Day!
In Australia, it’s a gooey cake-like dessert most likely served warm – again, with a generous scoop of cream (or ice-cream). In America, it’s a rich, custardy mousse, often served with thick cream and sprinkled with chocolate. Or both. And in Britain, it’s simply dessert. All hail the humble pudding and raise your spoons for Chocolate Pudding Day.
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