13 June 2013


Thank you everyone for all your well wishes and encouragement whilst I get over the writing block hump; your charming words truly made my day. Whilst I am slowly getting over this hump I was inspired over the long weekend to do some light baking. I found these little 'puddings' online and whipped them up in a flash, though my final result resembled more of a little cake than pudding, hence the name. I've also noticed in past comments most readers applaud me on my baking endeavors and share and hate on their own disastrous misadventures in the kitchen. I'm here to be straight, not all my culinary undertakings result in ease and deliciousness, in fact the majority of times things go heinously wrong; much like this venture in which mishaps were a plenty and I am embarrassingly sharing below.

Don't be fooled by it's demure stance, this was no mere feat, it was pretty disastrous actually. It started off all fine and dandy until I started combining the flour, milk and juice. I poured them into my bowl at once rather than gradually and low and behold a grossly lumpy mixture that didn't want to cooperate and smooth out no matter how much I mixed or yelled at. Yikes. I then had the ingenuous idea to sieve the mixture free of said lumps so I then spent the next 30 minutes trying to do so. It worked a treat until I (finally) realized the process also split and separated the orange rind. So after I had my creamily smooth mixture I had to mix the orange rind back into the batter.

Following that I came to the beaten egg whites and when I moved to combine them I noticed that a small part at the bottom of my jug was still horrifyingly translucent. Double yikes and served me right for being lazy and beating them in the narrow jug that I found in my reach. So I had to remove half of the meringue and continue to beat the rest into submission.

Once the batter was sitting pretty in my ramekins it genuinely felt like things were starting to look up at this stage since my mixture was all light, bubbly and fluffy. But then they took forever to cook through. They browned quick enough so I had to hurriedly wrap the tray in foil to prevent the tops from burning and after 30 minutes they were still way too runny for consumption. They ended up baking for a good 50 minutes and at that stage they developed into a cake like texture rather than a pudding.

Removing them from the ramekins they fell out perfectly and remained in it's cute rounded shape. Taste wise I didn't find them relatively sweet nor overpoweringly orange in taste which is an obvious given the constant kerfuffles that ensued over the laboring process. I also found that the rind seemed to clump in the middle too. Unfortunately it didn't end there either, so after I removed two from their ramekins I got caught up presenting, photographing (as one does these days) and devouring them with my mum and completely forgot about the other four still sitting comfortably in the tray filled with boiling hot water and for those who don't see the obvious here, they were still partially cooking while they rested inside the water clad tray and in turn split.

Triple yikes.

These sort of culinary things happen far too often for me but it's always something I end up laughing and joking about. I also hold a firm belief that these misadventures would make for great television! Now feel free to consult with the original recipe right here if you need, otherwise proceed downwards for the recipe if you're feeling a tad lazy to click on the link!


150g butter, melted
3 tsp grated orange rind
1 3/4 cup caster sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup self raising flour
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F and grease ramekins.
In a bowl combine butter, orange rind, caster sugar and egg yolks.
Gradually stir in flour, juice and milk.
In a separate bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold half into the batter and carefully mix until combined. Repeat for the remaining egg whites.
Spoon mixture into ramekins and transfer dishes to a deep baking tray and pour boiling water until ramekins are covered half way.
Bake for 35 minutes or until just set. The baking process may take longer so if you find they are turning brown cover with foil.
Stand for 2 minutes then remove from tray and ramekin.
Serve with a sprinkling of icing sugar and a side of cream or ice cream.

Et voila.


  1. omg that layer of orange in the cake! this looks so simple yet delicious! <3

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  2. Oh, these look so delicious! Too bad about the other four didn't make it :( But you did get some good photos!!! I will definitely let you know when I try to make this!

  3. Even my best creations don't look this pretty! At least you got some pretty pictures out of the ordeal! Sounds pretty delish.

  4. These puddings look amazing! I'm definitely going to have to try these out for myself. Thanks for sharing and I hope you find your inspiration :)


  5. I love orange Sonia...... well done, delicious!!!!!
    Kisses doll!

  6. OMG!!!
    You just sent me to heaven!!!
    I will love to have some right away!

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  8. Good thing you had a positive attitude about it! At least you got to enjoy some of them and took some pretty pictures :)

    Mili from call me, Maeby

  9. Oh even if the process wasn't smooth, they look lovely and I bet they tasted delicious! :D

    Away From Blue

  10. oh my yumminess! This looks divine and Im sure tastes just as such. Have you ever considered going on Masterchef?

    1. Hahaha no way! I'm a very fussy eater so there's no point! xx

  11. They look absolutely delicious! Mmm would love to try them! :)


  12. Thanks for your lovely words, it is much appreciated!
    Can I just say: these look simply perfect!

    Have a great day,

  13. If you knew how hungry I´m just now! Must try these :D

  14. this cake looks too good to be true!!


  15. Oh really delicious looks!

  16. YUM this looks so YUMMIE! =)

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  17. Heheh! I love that you shared all the mishaps, it made for such an entertaining read & had me nodding along like 'that's something I'd do too'! Despite that, they still look gorgeous & I'm sure they tasted yummy too! :)

    1. ;o) thought I would be a little more transparent! xx

  18. Thanks for your great comment on my last post! Happy Friday!

  19. These look totally scrumptious and I bet they smell really good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Glad to hear you're getting over your writer's block :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  20. Despite the mishaps it does look deliciousssss ;) And baking is one of the most unforgiving forms of cooking, ever! I know this unfortunately, haha, and the drama on Masterchef is the perfect example :)

    I find that with anything involving citrus rind and sugar, adding the rind to the sugar then rubbing it together until the sugar becomes slightly clumpy helps release the citrus oils - smells incredible too. As for clumpy flour I think it's one of the most annoying things EVER - still haven't found a 100% foolproof way but if you combine them all at once, I like to add the wet ingredients to the dry instead of the other way around

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

    1. Thanks for these awesome tips, will definitely use this sugar trick for next time. I'll also share if I find the miraculous answer to that annoying clumpy flour! xx

  21. They look delicious!!
    yum yum yum... might have to give that a go!
    x Kirsty

  22. these look amazing I would love to eat one right now! thanks for stopping by my blog too!
    xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

  23. love the cake cant wait to do some baking this weekend, really cute photo. Hope you will visit my blog too.


  24. Omg it looks so delicious and cute! I totally need to try this recipe. c: I just followed you on GFC and Bloglovin', maybe follow back?

    Have a nice day!

  25. Hmm..yum! :)
    Looks tasty <3

  26. Ummm I am actually salivating. Looks SO delicious!

    xo Ashley

  27. Yes, when you feel inspired to bake, you've got to go for it! The cakes look delicious.


  28. So yummy! I love it:)


  29. wow! Looking so yummy! :D I WISH I could bake...

    Have a wonderful day, <3

    Boonya - theartywardrobe.blogspot.com

    ps. thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! I'm not a new follower! :)

  30. haha sounds like that was quite a feat to get these little cakes done right! they look yummy though! :)

    Metallic Paws

  31. I must admit, hearing of your mishaps makes me feel a bit better. I am a total fool in the kitchen. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yours is splendid and I'm a sucker for good photography. Lovely stuff, daaaahhhhhling!!! (And great writing too) ;)

    1. Thank you gorgeous for stopping by and for this sweet message! xx

  32. This looks so delicious and it is making me hungry!


  33. Aww looks so delicious! thank you very much for this post <3

    Love from Vivalaohlalá!

  34. This looks so yummy and so refreshing, i could eat 100 pieces.
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  35. oh...look soooo yummy! I want some of that. You never fail to make me crave. lol

    Personal Style Blog

  36. At least after all the yikes it was tasty an you managed to eat something. I've learned not to cook cause i always end up burning somenthing! Most of the times, myself. Hhahahahhah

    1. Hehehe it's all part of the fun right! xx

  37. Oh! I am dying!!!!!!!!

  38. WOW those look absolutely delicious!!
    Those close-up pictures really make me hungry.

    I love baking simple things like that...I think you just inspired me to do some baking on my day off!

    <3 Kelly | The Patch Diaries


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