I get sent quite a few things, and generally my neighbours are very good at taking parcels in for me if I’m not around. The agreement is reciprocal and often sweetened by the odd freebie here and there. Today, though, when I dropped round to my neighbour, clutching my ‘your parcel has been left at number 2’ card, he seemed rather reluctant to hand over the parcel.
This may have had something to do with the fact that my parcel was labelled ‘Cartmel Village Shop Puddings’, and contained not only one of their famous Sticky Toffee Puddings, but a rather promising looking Sticky Toffee Apple Crumble too. All this pudding love is, in fact, dearest reader, because I’ve been invited to join the Cartmel Village People Pudding Panel. Not an easy title to pronounce, admittedly, but I’ll suffer it because, well, the hours are good and the remuneration is paid in pud!
On to the task at hand then:
The crumble was easy to bake (just stick it in the oven for 20 minutes) and first impressions were pretty good – the crumble topping was a golden brown with sticky toffee sauce bubbling up at the sides.
There followed a ten minute family debate on whether crumbles should be more fruit or more topping. I obviously won the argument (I favour more crumble than fruit) and I’d say the ratio of this particular crumble was just about right. Digging in, we found nice little chunks of apple coated in lovely sticky toffee sauce. The apple had a really appealing tart edge to the flavour, meaning that the whole dish wasn’t overly sweet, plus the crumble was nice and crisp on top, with the added bite of some oats, if I’m not mistaken.
The packaging says that it serves four to five people, but if you’re a greedy family, I’d say more four than five!
Our verdict: yum.
Next up, apparently is Lemon Drizzle. I’ll be watching our neighbours very closely.
For more information, click on cartmelvillageshop.co.uk