I live a weird life. After spending the last week moaning that I’ve put on 9lb since our wedding blessing in September (9lb!, that’s, like, a whole baby), I then felt moved to do this review justice by cooking – and eating – loads of puddings. MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace, yes he of the ‘it’s like a lemon has just picked you up by the ears and given you a big snog’ judgements has released a whole book of puddings. Just to taunt me.
Happily, I have to report, they’re really good puddings. Gregg knows his stuff, and alongside the classics (sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake), there are some really quirky surprises, such as mocha profiteroles and chocoholic’s alaska.
I tried his ‘proper sponge pudding’ recipe, which was lovely and moist, and also the ‘quick custard’ to go with it (handy when you can’t be bothered to faff about separating 6 eggs).
This is a great reference guide, especially on those ‘what shall we have for pudding?’ moments when planning Sunday lunch, and there’s enough sophistication here to help you with any dinner party.
My one complaint is that, apart from his little introductory sentence before each recipe, it’s quite impersonal, feeling more like a reference book than a collection of his own recipes. Still, the fantastic ices and mousses section (drool over the spiced mango sorbet with pineapple) more than makes up for it.
In the words of Gregg himself: ‘I’d quite happily put my face in it’.
Gregg’s Favourite Puddings (Octopus Publishing Group) is available now (Amazon price £9.99).