Heart-warming winter desserts

In winter, desserts like ice-cream may not be the comforting, heart-warming sugary treat you are looking for. But if you have the time, consider learning how to make the old favourites like sticky toffee pudding, bread and butter pudding and chocolate brownies for a warming, melt in your mouth experience that’s tasty for the whole family.
Our resident chef, Dion Vengatass from the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel gives us easy to follow recipes for these winter warmers:

Bread and butter pudding

Total time: 40mins
Prep time: 10mins
Cooking time: 30mins
Serves 4

Ingredients
5 slices of bread (white)
Butter to spread onto the bread
2 cups milk
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla essence
½ cup raisins
1 cup hot water
½ tsp cinnamon

Method
1. Pre-heat your oven at 180°c.
2. Soak raisins in boiling water.
3. Butter the bread and cut diagonally.
4. Arrange in a greased baking dish.
5. Beat eggs lightly in a bowl.
6. Heat milk, vanilla, sugar to a boil
7. Remove from the heat and whisk gently into the beaten eggs.
8. Stir gently continuously until the mixture slightly thickens and the egg is incorporated.
9. Sprinkle soaked raisins over and in between the layered bread.
10. Pour custard over bread and place into the oven.
11. Bake for 25mins or until the tester comes out clean.
12. Sprinkle cinnamon powder while still hot.

Chocolate brownie pudding

Total time: 1hrs
Prep time: 15mins
Cooking time: 45mins
Serves 6

Ingredients
1 ½ cup flour
1 cup sugar 2tbsp sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
¾ cup milk
3 tbsp canola oil
1 ½ tsp vanilla essence
1 cup chopped hazel nuts
1 cup flaked almonds

Sauce
1 cup brown sugar (plus)
1 tbsp brown sugar
6 tbsp cocoa powder
2 ½ cups hot water

Method
1. Pre-heat your oven at 180°c.
2. Grease a 13×9 inch baking tray.
3. In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, three tbsp cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
4. Add in the cream, oil, vanilla, mix until smooth.
5. Fold in nuts.
6. Pour mixture into the greased dish.
7. For the sauce in a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, 6tbsp cocoa and hot water.
8. Pour over batter in pan (don’t mix).
9. Bake for 45-50mins.
10. Best served with ice cream.

Hot sticky toffee pudding

Total time: 1hrs 50mins
Prep time: 10mins
Cooking time: 1hrs 40mins
Serves 6

Ingredients
175gr dried dates stoned and chopped
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tbsp coffee extract
75gr butter
200gr brown sugar
2ea eggs (large) beaten
175gr self rising flour
75gr pecan nuts chopped
Sauce
175gr brown sugar
115gr butter
6tbsp double cream
50gr pecan nuts chopped

Method
1. Put dates, bicarbonate of soda, coffee extract in a bowl.
2. Pour 175ml boiling water, leave to cool.
3. Pre-heat oven to 180°c.
4. Grease and line a 1 litre basin.
5. Put butter and sugar into bowl and beat till creamy.
6. Beat in eggs little at a time.
7. Fold in mixture that has been soaking.
8. Pour into basin.
9. Bake for 1hr 20min until cooked.
10. For the sauce, around 10mins from end of cooking put brown sugar, butter, double cream and pecans into a pan.
11. Gently stir over a medium heat till smooth.
12. Bring to boil then remove heat.
13. turn pudding out and serve with sauce.