A passion for puddings; celebrating the great british pudding – clandestine cake club

Mickleton is a quaint, unassuming Cotswold village of chocolate box houses and cottages. Cinnabon cinnamon roll filling recipe However it conceals a secret that sees groups of sweet toothed gourmands arrive at the Three Ways House Hotel every Friday night and several Saturday nights throughout the year. Gooey cinnamon roll filling recipe They are making the pilgrimage to experience the phenomenon that is a Pudding Club Meeting.

Cinnamon roll frosting recipes This I can reveal is the home of THE original and now world-famous Pudding Club. Easy cinnabon cinnamon rolls recipe It attracts people from miles around (even from foreign shores) to take part in an evening of eccentric fun and frivolity, discovering, celebrating and eating a selection of delicious and homemade British puddings.

This is not it must be stressed, an exclusive ‘members only ‘Club, the only stipulation for attendance, is a love of traditional, great British Puddings (and it helps to like custard too).

The PC started in 1985, the brainchild of the hotel’s previous owners who after a meal out with friends lamented the lack of decent desserts on restaurant menus. Cinnamon roll dough recipe bread machine Back in the 80s (so I’m told), dessert trolleys were wheeled out with cliched choices such as Black Forest Gateau, or Strawberry cheesecake, still partially frozen and continentally inspired confections. Cinnamon roll filling without butter Traditional baked, steamed and suet staples, crumbles and tarts such as Sticky Toffee Pudding (a personal favourite), or Spotted Dick, had fallen out of fashion and were being forgotten and potentially faced extinction. Easy cinnamon raisin bread recipe without yeast The hotel saw an opportunity to preserve and revive the classics and reawaken interest. Easy cinnamon bread recipe without yeast The idea grew into the Pudding Club as we know it, inviting groups of diners to sample a selection of traditional favourites. Easy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast baking powder The meetings haven’t fundamentally changed, but guests now try 7 puddings throughout the course of the evening, (all homemade on-site naturally), rate them and then vote for the evening’s winner.

Part of the enjoyment and utter charm of the event are the traditions and rules. Cinnamon bun dough recipe for bread machine The evening starts with the ‘Pudding Master’ welcoming guests and taking you through proceedings, over a glass of pomegranate presse in the log fire lit lounge. Cinnamon roll recipe from scratch The last time I visited with my Mum, there were approximately 70 of us pudding fiends, young and old, couples, families, friends; newbies PC virgins and frequent attendees. Cinnamon bun recipe bread machine A scan of the lounge quickly revealed those that hadn’t been before from their inappropriately tight fitting outfits. Best cinnamon roll recipe bread machine Loose clothing is definitely the order of the evening! I have to admit to being somewhat of an aficionado, having visited on a few occasions now, and at different times of the year and therefore experienced a wide selection of puddings.

A large blackboard is displayed revealing the puddings on the evening’s menu (there are hundreds of possible options so chances are you won’t sample the same selection at more than one event). The perfect cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe The last time I visited at a Summer club meeting, I was eager to see the selection we’d be eating later. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe with cream cheese It’s difficult not to make judgments about the puds you think you’ll like and those you’re not as keen on. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe I was excited to see Syrup Sponge but less enthused by Banana and Cinnamon, but the proof is as they say in the pudding so keep an open mind! Chances are some will be familiar evoking nostalgic childhood memories good and maybe not so (in the case of school dinners) but hopefully you will fondly remember and perhaps some you’ve never heard of!

Craig was our Pudding Master of ceremonies and was resplendent in novelty pudding and custard tie. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe easy He introduced each in turn, explaining a bit about the ingredients used, for example the half a pint of golden syrup (or some such tooth tingling amount) used in each large pudding basin), making us salivate before explaining the rules. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe without powdered sugar This, it is stressed is a treat night and not for calorie counting!

Craig cheerfully informed us that over the course of the evening the group were likely to consume 4 ? – 5 gallons of custard (Birds custard naturally) which equates to ? pint each! That was to say nothing of the cream some people had as well.

There is a slightly difference in the ratio of hot to cold puddings depending on whether it’s a Summer or Winter PC meetings. Cinnamon bun topping recipe In the summer months, there are 4 hot puddings (we had Toffee Apple Crumble, Syrup Sponge, Banana and Cinnamon Pudding and Jam Roly Poly) and 3 cold options (Plum and ginger roulade, Chocolate and Orange Charlotte making its debut and Summer Pudding). Cinnamon roll frosting recipe with powdered sugar Whilst in winter there are only 1 or 2 cold options, and in November and December, their Christmas Pudding always makes a special appearance.

The hotel prepares 3-4 of each pudding (in 4 pint bowls) to ensure there is enough. The best cinnamon roll recipe in the world Nothing however gets wasted as the staff finish off what’s left.

The rules to be adhered to which are fundamental to the event are as follows:

Rule 1: No-one is allowed to the Pudding table without the Pudding Master’s permission. Cinnamon roll recipe using frozen dinner rolls One table is invited up at a time.

Rule 2: No more than one pudding is allowed in your bowl at any time; everyone on the table has to have a clean bowl before anyone at the table can next go up.

The aim is that you will go up and try all 7 puddings, but the order is entirely up to you.

The evening is very sociable, you sit at large tables which encourages conversation, and later, comparison of scores, debate and inevitable disagreement.

Before any of the puddings make an appearance there is the matter of a small savoury course. Soft fluffy cinnamon roll recipe There is a choice of 3 options (pick wisely) and whilst potatoes and vegetables are provided, you are advised to go easy and you won’t find bread rolls on the table; there will be plenty of carbs later!

It was then that we moved onto the main event. Soft gooey cinnamon roll recipe In true style, there is great ceremony as the puddings are paraded in. Easy soft cinnamon roll recipe Apparently puddings have feelings, so we had to cheer and clap and people hurriedly got cameras out to take pictures.

Opinion is divided as to whether to start with a hot or cold option, there is no set order. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe without bread machine Our tactic which has previously served us well, was to go for a heavier first. Easy cinnamon roll recipe with biscuits The logic being you have more room and it takes longer between earlier rounds. Cinnamon roll cake recipe Later on, the less committed diners and those who ate too many potatoes fall by the wayside and surrender. Cinnamon roll cake recipe easy Each time I have always succeeded in trying all 7 thanks to my other tactic of just asking for a very small amount. Cinnamon roll cake recipe yellow mix A lot of people suffer from the affliction of ‘eyes bigger than their bellies’. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pampered chef Portion sizes really can be small, as I’ve found, it is better to take small portions of each, as after round 6, a ‘free for all’ is announced and diners can come up for as many subsequent portions as they can manage. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pinterest The record stands at 25, by a 20 something male!

As expected, I liked some more than others. Cinnamon bun cake recipe on facebook It started well with Toffee Apple Crumble, which had a beautifully crunchy topping and sticky underneath sauce on the apples. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without butter A small portion was however wise given the very sweet toffee. Cinnamon roll icing recipe with cream cheese The cold plum and ginger roulade got my lowest score (too creamy and not enough plum) and unfortunately Jam Roly Poly was bland and heavy. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without powdered sugar Summer Pudding was my winner with juicy, sweet and tart berries encased in bread. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without cream cheese I was determined to try all 7, after all that’s why we’re there, and 35 of us managed to. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe without cream cheese I went up for one more helping of Summer Pudding at the end, just to help confirm my score out of 10.We deliberated and debated over coffee and then voted. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe cream cheese Unfortunately Summer Pudding didn’t win. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe with yeast Toffee Apple Crumble, my second choice, was the clear out-and-out winner and crowned the champion of the night. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe laura vitale Now well after 10pm, I could eat no more and relieved to be staying at the hotel. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without yeast I just had to waddle up the stairs to retire to bed and dream about sponge puddings and custard.

If you stay overnight, and I would definitely recommend it, you can even choose a pudding themed room. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe easy Choose from…Sticky Toffee, Oriental Ginger, Syrup Sponge, Summer Pudding, Lord Randall’s, The Chocolate Suite or even Spotted Dog (Dick).

If this has encouraged you to sample some new, different British Puddings, the Club has produced two deliciously tempting recipe books. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without bread machine ‘The Pudding Club Book: Luscious Recipes from the World-Famous Pudding Club’ and ‘Great British Puddings’. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch Both collections of Pudding Club favourites are jam packed full of wonderful glossy and appetising photos. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe cinnabon Hot, cold, fruity, steamed, baked, rolled, old-fashioned, or containing a modern twist, traditional and exotic flavours alike; in fact they contain pretty much any Pudding you can think of and numerous more besides!

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