This Self Saucing Apple Caramel Pudding is kind of like an apple pie and a sticky date pudding all rolled into one. It’s the sort of special dessert you can make when its cold or when you want to spoil someone. You can stir it together and bake in next to no time at all. What you get is fluffy sponge and a hot caramel sauce that melts into ice cream or cream. MMMM….
I don’t really need many excuses to make dessert but you might. This Self Saucing Apple Caramel Pudding is easy to make if you are looking for an excuse. I have made this 5 times now just to cover every angle of getting it just right including a gluten free version.
I thought that it might be a good Fathers Day surprise or family dessert. September is Fathers day here in Australia and New Zealand though I am just not sure why we have to have Fathers and Mothers Days at different times of the year to everyone else. Hmm, just one of those inexplicable things.
My Dad was always keen for this type of dessert. For a start apples and caramel are meant to be together. I have a big weakness for apple desserts just like my Dad did. He’s been gone a while now but every so often and on Fathers Day there’s time to reflect. Today I reflected…
My Dad was a fixin’ man. He just had it in his blood. If ever you needed mending and fixing or any kind of drilling, there he was tool kit and drill handy. Sometimes Dad’s teach you the tricks of the trade but I can’t say that I stood there watching him fix things, no, him fixing things meant I could do something else. If you have a handyman on tap no need to spend precious time watching, right?
Seems I could have watched just a smidgen to make life simpler later on. Who knew?
Today I decided to attempt a simple enough task. A towel rail on the back of a door. I had full confidence this would be a success because..why not. Easy right?
Some problems arose.
How do you get those nasty drill bits out of the drill? I turned, I switched, I took a break and came back and still I couldn’t take it out. I thought about it, and looked again before googling. “How do you take a drill bit out of a drill”. It came up before I finished the sentence and that gave me a sense of relief that I wasn’t the only person too stupid to be able to get a damn drill bit out.
Hmm so others before me had failed too.
I would conquer this drill. After watching several how to videos, ( why do people take so long to get to the point of their video?) my drill still wouldn’t behave. So, I put it in my handbag and took it to Bunnings. I call that woman power.
I asked the skinny guy on the Trade desk to help me. Due to his physique I quickly began to regret not going to the tool section, then before I even had time to adjust my attitude he had it done. He laughed and made a joke about his skinny arms before saying I just had to turn it harder.
Life’s funny like that.
My Dad isn’t here, so I am offering this to your Dad ( husband, partner) and I know they will love the Self Saucing Apple Caramel Pudding. It’s much simpler than drilling or mending or handymaning, so give it a go.
I’ve made this with fresh apples but you could use canned if you like. You could use other fruit too. There is enough cornflour in the sauce to take up juices from fresh fruit.
- 3 sliced peeled apples (granny smith apples- firm and green)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 190 gm / 1¼ cups / 6.70 oz plain flour
- 100 gm / 3.52 oz brown sugar / ½ cup
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg (large)
- 200 ml milk / 6.76 fl oz
- 100 gm/ 3.52 oz melted butter
- 150 gm/ ¾ cup / 5.29 oz brown sugar (extra)
- 2 T cornflour
- 350 ml / 1½ cups / 12 oz boiling water
- 4 Tablespoons golden syrup
- ¾ cup/ 140 gm gluten free flour
- 1 cup (120 gm) almond meal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 100 gm / 3.52 oz brown sugar
- 1 egg
- Peel and slice the apples and put into an oven proof dish. Toss the apples with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Put into a microwave uncovered for 5 minutes (1100watts) . Set aside
- melt 100 gm of butter set aside.
- In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder and brown sugar and mix well with a whisk till there are no lumps. (you can also run your fingers through this to get ride of any lumps).
- In another bowl mix the egg and milk.
- Add the milk mixture to the flour and then the melted butter and mix with a whisk till smooth. Pour over the cooled apples and spread flat.
- In a small bowl mix the extra brown sugar and cornflour till well combined. Then sprinkle this over the batter and apples in the baking dish.
- Boil the jug and once boiled pour the water into a jug or bowl and pour in the golden syrup and stir to dissolve. Pour this over the batter and sugar in the baking dish.
- Bake for 30- 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. the caramel sauce will be bubbling on the sides of the dish.
- Make this exactly the same way but add the gluten free flour and almond meal into the bowl with the brown sugar and baking powder to start.
- Make sure you use a gluten free cornflour for the sauce and brown sugar mix