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Dead things and custard…

April 8, 2013

I went out the other evening (shocking I know-nothing very exciting unfortunately-a pre-school committee meeting..) and I came back to the delicious smell of baking!

Hubby had been baking!

Which is lovely.

He made cake AND biscuits.


Exceptthecakewasabitdry. Andpossiblythebiscuitstoo.

There I said it. Very quickly, but I said it.

Really don’t want to discourage hubby from becoming the next Paul Hollywood, but maybe a bit more practice is needed.

So, in the time honoured fashion of all things slightly past their best, I took the ‘dead cake’, crumbled it into a pie dish

Dead cake

Dead cake

teamed it up with some ‘dead fruit’ that had been partially gnawed at by Small people and then discarded (I may have sauteed this in a little butter and sugar..)

Dead cake2

Dead fruit-being given the kiss of life by butter and sugar

and smothered the whole lot in custard…

Have to admit it doesn't look that appetising, but trust me on this one

Have to admit it doesn’t look that appetising, but trust me on this one

and bunged it in the oven.

Dead Cake Pudding

Dead cake5

Pretty yum, and a great way to #stop food waste (that’s my excuse for shoving pudding into my face, and I am sticking with it…)

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  • Reply Fran April 10, 2013 at 6:05 am

    thats such a good idea! and i can imagine v yummy. if only my husband would bake then we would have some dead cake for this. mind you cake doesn’t last very long in our home..

    • Reply Jen April 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Doesn’t normally in our house either, but this really was quite dry…!

  • Reply theprojectmonkey April 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Jen. I have known your Hubby for about 33 years……and I find the idea of him baking hilarious πŸ™‚ This has really cheered me up tonight. Keep up the good work.

    • Reply Jen April 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Intriguing! Who are you..?! Glad to have cheered you up πŸ™‚

      • Reply theprojectmonkey April 10, 2013 at 8:07 pm

        If you work it out, please don’t give it away here. I’m trying to stay a bit anonymous. Especially the Twitter account!

        • Reply Jen April 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

          Even more intriguing! *off to check Twitter account..*

  • Reply Hattie April 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Dead things and custard! Love it. Sound like one of Johnny’s recipes (“Mummy, I’ve made you supper.” “Oh lovely, what is it?” “It’s poo. And tea. With some caravans in it.” “Oh… delicious…”)

    • Reply Jen April 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Yummy! Lucky you πŸ™‚

  • Reply KnitNell April 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Yep I made a batch of Fairy Cakes a couple of weeks ago – soggy disaster – however disguised them all in cream and other delights, bunged it all back in the oven – delicious!

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  • Reply Hazel April 9, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I’m impressed by your dedication to the cause! Selflessly researching ways to avoid food waste… πŸ˜‰

    This might show my age but the biscuits make me remember watching Why Don’t You? as a child and they ALWAYS seemed to make a pudding where you dunked the biscuits in coffee (rich teas) or orange juice (ginger biscuits), sandwiched them together with something (?cream. I doubt it, in the ’70’s. Probably something really grim like Dream Topping) and then covered the whole ‘sausage’ with whatever-the-stuff-was.

    Describing it, it doesn’t sound any more appealing than it looked then (!), but there must be a nice way to use up dead biscuits- chocolate fridge cake? a crumb crust for another pudding (cheesecake)? Could you push yourself that far in the interests of zero waste?!!

    • Reply Jen April 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Not sure I could smother them in Dream Topping, but I did make a disasterous batch of biscuits a while ago, which are residing in the freezer, and come out when I need a cheescake base or am making Rocky Road!

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) April 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Mmmm I love puds like this impromptu but scrummmy <3

    • Reply Jen April 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Vivienne. The Smalls were most excited-they usually only get fruit and yoghurt for pudding!

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