Griddled sponge pudding with peach and cherry compote

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium

For the peach and cherry compote

500g frozen peaches
625g frozen cherries
200g caster sugar
125 ml water
1 small orange, zested and juiced

For the pudding

130g caster sugar
8 large egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1 lemon, zested and juiced
140g flour
1/4 tsp. fine salt
8 egg whites
65g caster sugar
Whipped cream, for serving, optional
For the peach and cherry compote:

1)Combine the peaches, cherries, sugar, water, orange zest and juice in a nonreactive saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 25-30 minute or until thick. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the pudding:

1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla, whisking until smooth and frothy. Add the lemon zest and juice and whisk until well combined.

2) In a separate larger mixing bowl, sift the flour and salt together (a fine-mesh sieve works well for this.) Gradually fold the egg yolk mixture into the sifted flour.

3) In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites on high speed with a hand mixer until just frothy. Continue beating while gradually adding the sugar. Beat on high until soft peaks form. Gently fold beaten egg whites into batter, making sure not to deflate the air bubbles in the whites. Pour batter into an un-greased 10-inch tube pan and bake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes. Cool, upside down, in pan.

4) Preheat the griddle and make sure it is very clean. Cut the cooled pudding into 8 slices, and then griddle on both sides until nicely toasted on outside but still soft and moist on the inside, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side, depending on how hot your griddle is. Serve with cooled fruit compote and whipped cream, if desired.

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