You are super excited, yes?
Last year after hearing all the hub bub about the show I broke down and rented all three seasons and watched the episodes back to back. Practically binging on television. After I finished the finale episode of season three, I was left heartbroken. For those of you who have seen it, you know that feeling. The show's fans were left outraged and depressed.
Tonight to celebrate the return of my favorite show, a group of my friends and I are hosting a blog party. Since we are stretched from coast to coast, we can not hang out in real life. So instead we are doing it virtually.
Downton Abbey is not only the greatest drama to ever hit cable TV, it also has some great food. The show takes place in the early 1900's and follows the going ons of the the social classes in England at the time. One of them being the kitchen staff. Downton employs a great cook named Mrs. Patmore. In season one Mrs. Patmore makes her famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding also nicknamed Salty Pudding. In the rush of getting dessert served she accidentally used salt in the recipe instead of sugar. Which is where the nickname stems from.
Since each of my friends is sharing an English themed dish on their blog today, I felt I had to make my own version of Mrs. Patmore's Raspberry Meringue Pudding.
In the episode, it is hard to see exactly what her pudding includes. With a little research I found an English pudding that is known as Queen of Puddings. It reminds me of a bread pudding of sorts, topped with jam and meringue.
After you check out the recipe, be sure to enter in my Downton Abbey giveaway as well as join me for a live chat on Twitter during the show at 9pm EST, hashtag #DowntonBlogParty.
Mrs. Patmore's Raspberry Meringue Pudding
For the pudding:
- 1 1/2 cups of finely ground plain white breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbs melted unsalted butter
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 room temperature egg whites
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
- Preheat oven to 350
- Fill a large baking dish with hot water, about 1/3 of the way full.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together your pudding ingredients until incorporated.
- Pour mixture into 4-6 greased ramekins (depending on the size you may need more or less)
- Place puddings into the water bath (baking pan filled with water) and bake until the puddings have set and just barely jiggle. Mine took 20 minutes.
- Once puddings are done baking, run a sharp knife around the edges and turn upside down on your serving platter and release them.
- To prepare your meringue, heat honey until it comes to a low boil. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer, whip egg whites with salt and cream of tarter until foamy.
- Whip on high speed until soft peaks form, slowly whip in your hot honey.
- One the meringue is stiff and glossy remove form mixer.
- Warm jam up so it has thinned a tad, and drizzle or spread over the tops of each pudding.
- Dollop or pipe large mounds of the meringue on top of each pudding, serve with additional jam and fresh berries.
Check out what my friends brought to the party:
A Brown Table: Black Peppercorn and Orange Steamed Pudding
Susie Freaking Homemaker: Orange Cranberry Scones
Healthy Seasonal Recipes: Mini Beef Wellington Pot Pies
The Girly Girl Cooks: Crepes Islandaise
The Realistic Nutritionist: Fluffy Yorkshire Pudding
Healthy Delicious: English Crumpets with Strawberry Balsamic Jam
Cooking with Books: Strawberry Vanilla Bean Eton Mess
Downton Abbey Blog Party Giveaway
Enter to win the Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook and Keep Calm and Downton On coffee mug. Follow the directions on the widget listed below. Also be sure to join in the fun on Twitter tonight at 9pm EST hashtag #DowtonBlogParty!!