This weekend was all about rugby rugby rugby in our household, well to be honest most weekends during rugger season our household is all about the rugby however this weekend was worse than usual as 1) Hubby attended rugby games on Friday 2) Hubby played rugger with his team on the Sat and won some shield or cup or something which means they are going into the semi final for something else [ whoop whoop, victory dance] 3) Six Nations matches watched on TV England vs Wales and Ireland Vs Italy and finally (saving the best for last) 4) a trip to Murrayfield on Sunday to watch Scotland win against France [Whoop Whoop, victory dance] ……………………think I’m all whooped out!
As a result, there was little time to make meals this weekend so Saturday nights supper consisted of fresh pasta bought from the supermarket. The Shock, the Horror, I should be banned from all food blogs!! Well, wait until you hear about what I made for dessert.
I always keep tinned cans of fruit in the cupboard as these can easily be turned into a yummy dessert, very quickly. No, not just dumping them in a bowl and serving with ice cream cira 1970’s, think more Steel Magnolias and Cuppa Cuppa Cake.
Tin of Fruit cocktail with juice, a cup flour and a cup of sugar mixed together in a bowl, dumped into a greased oven proof dish and cooked until golden brown and bubbling! Aces!
Not the most sophisticated dessert, definitely not for those that don’t like super sweet desserts and I know many will wonder, why not just use fresh fruit. What’s the point of this dessert? Well, the point is that I can keep a couple of tins on hand to make a quick dessert, no need to go out to the shop to buy fresh fruit, and no need to then prepare fruit and I always have something on hand to be able to whip up a simple, hassle free dessert. This is a “not planned and I don’t have time” dessert.
Nigella even uses tinned pears and if it’s good enough for Nigella, then its good enough for me. Pioneer Woman also makes a Dump cake using tinned fruit and again, good enough for Ree, good enough for me ( Wow poetry!) and of course, Dolly Parton’s character,Truvy in Steel Magnolias gives the original seal of approval. If you haven’t watched this movie, you gotta, go do it now!
Since I had tinned pears I made Nigella’s Chocolate Pear Pudding, which has slightly more ingredients than Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa cake, but still ones I keep on hand in the store cupboard and still a very easy recipe. Although with this recipe you can use any tinned fruit you have, peaches, pineapple, rhubarb, apples, even black cherry fruit filling would work well with the chocolate.
2 x 415 gram tins of pears in juice, 125 grams of plain flour, 25 grams cocoa powder, 125 grams caster sugar, 150 grams soft butter, 1 teaspoon baking power, 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda., 2 large eggs and 2 tablespoons of vanilla.
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Drain the tins of pears. You can keep the juice or syrup if you want to but it’s not necessary. My hubbie likes to pour the drained juice over the cooked pudding.
In an 8×8 inch greased oven proof dish, arrange the pears along the bottom in rows.
Then I dump all the other ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix. I just used my hand mixer and mixed until all ingredients were combined and the mix had a dropping consistency ( or until I wanted to eat the mix straight from the bowl!!)
Then spread the mix over the pears, sprinkle over some sugar and place in oven for 25-30 minutes.
Serve with cream or ice cream or chocolate sauce or the remaining pear syrup/ juice.
After an exciting game on the Sunday, singing the National Anthem, lots of shouting “SCOTLAND”, clapping, whistling , watching men in rugby shorts running around, dancing after each try and when Scotland won against France, then the tram queues, cramped trams and a car park blockage resulting in being thankful for having a SUV, I was very very very glad to go out to the Pub for supper and not have to cook.
However, dessert wasn’t on the menu at the pub as nothing took our fancy, thankfully we still had Chocolate Pear Pudding leftovers at home!! Pear-fect ending to a fab day!