Anzac day weekend, we had 3 days of great weather for this time of year but yesterday was very cold and my word did it rain - all night and all day.
When it's cold and grey and it's a Sunday I had to make a nice traditional English pudding. Steamed Jam Roly-Poly, always loved it but I haven't made one for many many years. It's the pudding of my childhood.
It's simple and straight forward to make, however, you will need to get your hands on some suet which is easier said than done here in NZ. English grocers stock it, although it's the vegetarian version but I prefer that anyway.
Since you have the oven on to make one, you may as well make 2 as they freeze very well.
Here's my recipe, makes 1 roll enough for 6-8 servings.
Steamed Jam Roly-Poly
250g self raising flour
50g butter, cold and cubed plus extra for greasing
1 tablespoon of sugar
150ml milk plus possibly a little extra
Put a roasting tin onto the bottom shelf of the oven and put another shelf directly above it. Fill the tin 2/3 full with boiling water from the kettle and preheat the oven to 180 deg/160 fan/ gas 4.
Tear off a large sheet of both aluminium foil and baking parchment. Lay the parchment on top of the foil and grease it thoroughly with butter.
Put the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until it disappears, then stir in the suet and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Add the milk and mix in with a knife, you want a very soft dough, you may have to add a little more milk depending on your flour.
Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and bring it together until smooth. Roll it out into a square about 25x25cm.
Spread the jam over the surface leaving a gap of about 2 cm all around the edges.
Roll it up nice and firmly but don't squeeze it or put too much pressure on as you will force the jam out! Pinch the the edges together to seal and carefully lift it onto the greased paper join side down.
Loosely bring up the paper and foil and scrunch it together to seal all along the edges. It will rise quite a bit during cooking so don't wrap it tightly. Place the foil parcel on the shelf directly above the tin of water and cook for 60-80 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let the pudding sit for 10 minutes before unwrapping it. Slice thickly and serve warm with custard. If you want to freeze it just let it go cold, wrap it in fresh baking paper and foil and freeze.
Now the sweater which is a birthday gift for my Brother. I used some Shetland that I spun about 4 or 5 years ago when I first started spinning. I had forgotten about that yarn and I had more than a sweaters worth, that's what happens when you start looking through your stash, you find things long forgotten about! The pattern is Riddari, it was a very enjoyable knit:
This will keep him warm during the Otago winter. I've already got requests from hubby and both my son's for one of these.
So, after knitting the Riddari sweater I felt inspired to spin my remaining Shetland combed top. This is a fingering/4 ply weight yarn and the colour is a light fawn. 2 skeins done already, I'm aiming for a sweaters worth and thinking of over-dyeing some for a colour work sweater:
Here's Pandora keeping her eye on things, she's wondering if she can steal some fibre without me noticing.