Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I have an admission ........ I cheated ........ but then I felt so guilty that I uncheated - I hope that Dom can forgive me - but at least I did the right thing in the end!!!

You see it was like this .... Dom over at Belleau Kitchen had challenged us to randomly choose a cookery book from the shelf/pile and then to choose a random recipe from said book and then to cook/bake it - no messing.   Wellllllllllllll, I closed my eyes and grabbed Nigella Lawson's "Kitchen" - so far, so good (I had neglected this book and was pleased to give it a go), but then I randomly chose her Marmalade Pudding Cake - yuk, I really don't like marmalade, nobody in the house eats that type of cake.  I decided it would be a total waste (I don't like marmalade), it would end up uneaten in the bin (I don't like marmalade)- I just couldn't do it (I don't like marmalade).

I closed the book, closed my eyes and fanned through the pages and came to .....Indian Roast potatoes ...... Result ...... I love potatoes (well I know stereotypes are often untrue, but I AM Irish) and I love spice ..... Happy Days, Indian Roast potatoes it was.

They were a perfect choice, you just chop up your unpeeled potatoes into cubes and toss them in a plastic bag  to which you have added oil and spices (turmeric, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, nigella seeds, black mustard seeds, chilli powder) some garlic, lime juice and salt - toss the potatoes about until fully coated, roast for an hour and then serve with a chopped red onion as garnish.  I played about with the spices (just a bit) left out the raw onion - and they were delicious, and really popular.

BUT I just couldn't do it ..... I couldn't pretend that they were my random choice ..... I had to bite the bullet .... I just had to .... didn't I?...... I had to ..... my conscience demanded it!!!!!!!!

So Marmalade Pudding Cake it was, on the plus side it was easy to throw together, you just dump everything in the food processor, a quick whizz and it's ready to go in the oven, stress free really. 

As for the result, well - I thought it was OK. (which isn't bad as (you might not know but) I'm not that fond of marmalade!!), Brownieville Man loved it and Brownieville Physical Magician (aka my friend Amo, who gives me life saving massages) ate 5 slices in one sitting (slight exaggeration!!).  All in all - worth giving a go.

Marmalade Pudding Cake

250g           soft butter (plus some to butter the dish)
75g             caster sugar
75g             light brown muscovado sugar
150g           marmalade, plus 75g  marmalade for the glaze*
225g           plain flour
1/2 tsp        bread (bicarbonate of) soda
1 tsp           baking powder
4                 eggs
1                 orange - zested and juiced. (keep half the juice for the glaze)

* I used a jar of three fruit marmalade that I had left over from a Christmas hamper recieved the year before last!!!

Preheat oven to 180 C
Butter a 24cm sq Pyrex (or actually any) ovenproof dish

Prepare the glaze by putting 75g of marmalade and the juice of half the orange in a small pan and put to the side to heat later.
Put all the remaining ingredients into the food processor, and whizz.
Pour the batter into the prepared dish.
Bake for about 30 minutes, although could take 40 minutes.
Check it is done by inserting a piece of raw spaghetti to see if it comes out clean (if there is batter on it - it needs more time)
Heat the glaze over a medium heat, when melted, pour over the hot cake.
Serve while still warm with cream or custard.

Enjoy (if you like marmalade!!!)


Victory Rolls & Mixing Bowls said...

haha love that the guilt made you go back to a cake you knew you wouldnt like - determination! But you got two recipes out of it :)

Kate@whatkatebaked said...

I'm so impressed you confessed!! Dom ought to be doling out extra brownie* points- Glad to hear it wasn't that bad!

*sorry, lame 'joke'

Choclette said...

Ha ha, you made me laugh - your it was OK sounds like it was a runaway success! Somehow, it just doesn't seem in the spirit of it to cheat - I've nearly done so, but pulled back at the last moment. It is about trying potential new recipes after all. Well done.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Remind me never to send you any marmalade recipes! LOL!!!

Unknown said...

well well well... of course I bloody forgive you!... not only did you do the honourable thing and go back to the original recipe but you also baked the potatoes too!... so two new recipes, never made before and I guess this is part of the challenge... and anyway i'm too lovely to be so mean, just ask Choclette or kate... thanks again for taking part...its always lovely to have you on board x

Zoe said...

Can't deny that potatoes with spice are always delicious...

Funny that your "cheating" kinda works pretty well. Your description of this pudding sounds fantastic.

Care Bear said...

I am impressed with your honesty! Sounds like the cake was a hit. xx

laurie said...

Thats funny!

Well, we all benefited from your honesty...we got TWO recipes!

Anonymous said...

LOL! you're funny:)
the pudding does look yummy!

Karen S Booth said...

Such a funny post and the pudding looks delicious too!
Loved it!

Victor said...

LOL!!! That's quite funny... Pudding cake with marmalade, that sounds yummy.

Chele said...

Oh you little minx you!!! But those photo's have me positively salivating so I forgive you even if Dom doesn't ;0)

cookingvarieties said...

hi brownieville, both indian roast potatos and your marmalade look delicious and tempting enough for me to want to try them also.glad i blog walk to your site.. hi, i am from malaysia,do visit my blog , would love to read a comment from you too. have a nice day

littlekarstar said...

What a terrific challenge! I'll have to roast those potatoes for my potato loving Irish hubby! Not sure about the pudding either :) But I'm all for easy pudding! :)

Kim said...

The idea of a random recipe is fun because you end up making things you may not have otherwise.

I would probably love the marmalade cake because I LOVE marmalade. LOL!

And, the idea of Indian roast potatoes seems super!

Caroline said...

Commendably honest! Not sure I'll be taking part because my random recipe is something I don't think I'll like.... Well done for getting round to two new recipes!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

You are such a goody two-shoes!!!!!
I would resent making something I wouldn't like so I would have cheated too, but I would have probably stuck to being dishonest. :-)
I wonder if you could have made the pudding with jam or syrup and avoided the marmalade altogether?
Anyway, love the look of the tatties!

Susan Lindquist said...

Haha! Brownie Girl, you will sleep well, being the good girl that you are! Loved the taters recipe! That Nigella comes up with some good ones! Marmalade cake? I'd have come for coffee and a snack!

chow and chatter said...

the cake looks great he ehe I probably would have done the same thing and picked another recipe too

Anna's kitchen table said...

Oh my word BVG! you made me smile.
How conscientious you are!!!

The Ordinary Cook said...

Can I just check something? Do you like marmalade? I love this post, you have made me roar.