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Gregg's Favourite Puddings [Hardcover]

Gregg Wallace
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2 Aug 2010
In this comprehensive collection of over 120 recipes, Gregg Wallace brings you his favorite desserts - from traditional crumbles and fruity tarts to indulgent mousses and sticky puddings. Be confident that your creations will be delicious by choosing easy recipes such as lemon granita or rhubarb fool, or give yourself a fun challenge with more advanced dishes like chocolate fudge cake or liqueur souffle. Accompanied by all the basics you'll need from pastry and custard to meringues and sauces, you'll have everything you need to give your mealtimes a grand finale.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (2 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060062143X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600621430
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gregg Wallace is co-presenter of Masterchef and renowned for his love of all things sweet and delicious. He is a keen food historian, loves cooking for his kids and runs his own fruit and vegetable growing company.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This book has all the hallmarks of a classic. A collection of recipes that are uncomplicated to make, produce delicious, reliable results and use ingredients that are either likely to be in your pantry or fridge already or are easily available and not esoteric.

Chapters cover Fruity Puddings, Tarts, Flans and Cheescakes, Chocolate, Classic Puddings, Ices and Mousses and Basics. Each recipe is accompanied by a cheery little aside from Gregg which makes them even more appealing as it seems he is standing by your elbow as you turn the pages and decide which one to make.

What I really, really love about this book are that there are plenty of homely, old-fashioned British recipes, the unfancy sort that everybody really wants to eat. Comforting staples, such as Summer Pudding ( no strawberries, the abomination ), Bakewell Tart, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and Gregg's most-requested recipe, for Rhubarb Crumble stand alongside lesser known pieces of deliciousness such as Eve's Pudding, Apple Snow, Brown Betty and Treacle Tart.

Bread and Butter Pudding is as it should be:buttered bread, milk, eggs, little sugar and a few sultanas; no need to mess with the essential nursery simplicity of this pudding, although there is a chocolate version for those who can't help themselves.

Apart from the British recipes there are heaps of simple versions of recipes that have become part of everybody's repertoire nowadays: Pavlova, Clafoutis, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu and a lovely Tarte au Citron but what marks them out from the myriad of recipes available for these puddings is that Gregg's versions are easy to make and true to the originals with no unnecessary additions or riffs to sully their purity.

This is a book I will turn to again and again for inspiration and the perfect end to a meal -though plenty of these recipes make lovely teatime treats as well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book aims to appeal to the novice and the accomplished cook with everyone in between and certainly succeeds, if my experience is anything to go by, to date! Surprisingly down-to-earth in its approach, this is a well presented publication packed full of reliable treats and peppered with typical Gregg Wallace (aka 'puddingface') banter, and certainly worthy of the front cover quote:-

'Gregg is the best possible judge of a good pudding', from Michael Roux Jr.

Measuring in at 20.5 cm x 25.5 cm, this is a chunky book in which we find the main classics, such as 'Old English Trifle', 'Rhubarb Crumble' and 'Treacle Tart' mingling with a few surprises, e.g. the intriguing sounding 'Exotic Ruby Fruit Salad with Cardamom', 'Monte Bianco' and 'Linzer Torten'.

A laughing Gregg indulges in a sweet moment on the front cover which opens up to 192 shiny high quality pages, split over main chapters:-

1. Fruity puddings (pg 12-41)
2. Tarts, flans and cheesecakes (pg 42-73)
3. Chocolate (pg 74-109)
4. Classic puddings (pg 110-145)
5. Ices and mousses (pg 146-165)
6. Basics and bites (pg 166-187)

sandwiched between an introduction and a 5-page index.

Each chapter opens with a colourful double-page spread simply endorsed with the title. Each recipe is clearly laid out with the title, the number of servings, the list/s of ingredients and a numbered method. Each starts with an opening note from Gregg, sometimes informative; often nostalgic as a childhood memory is revisited, e.g.:-

'Custard tarts
I've loved these for as long as I can remember. They evoke such fond memories of shopping with my grandparents in Rye Lane, Peckham. If I was good I would get a custard tart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that will be used for ages 23 Oct 2011
I'm surprised that someone hasn't reviewed this yet after being out for over a year now. I like when reviewers list what kind of recipes are in a book when looking at them. So here's some in this one;

-Butterscotch Meringue Pie
-Chocolate Puddle Pudding
-Classic Creme Caramel
-Macadamia and Vanilla Tart
-Mocha Profiteroles
-Champagne Sorbet
-Sticky Toffee Pudding
-Chocolate Fudge Cake
-Cherry Clafoutis
-Bakewell Tart
and Gregg's prized Rhubarb Crumble recipe :)

The butterscotch meringue pie is just divine and not too sweet and the Hot old fashioned puddings like spotted dick and treacle sponge went down an absolute storm with the family and friends. I think it could do with a few more pictures but I like something to work towards. You can hear Gregg whispering in your ear the little comments at the top on the recipe on his view and of course his love of the true sweet stuff! This is my secret weapon when christmas comes, just order ten of these and I'll be laughing because how can someone not love this book?? 5***** :)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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After Nigella, Jamie et al., I've grown a little wary of celebrity cook books that promise much and fail to deliver. Nevertheless having watched Masterchef so many times and enjoyed Gregg's "That would be even more delicious with another bag of sugar" enjoyment of the puddings, we decided to give this book a go. We've tried four recipes so far and they have all worked beautifully. The lemon tart had a pastry to dream of! So don't be afraid, this is a cook book that you can almost use blindfolded. No need to add another bag of sugar either ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
as described and good time, thanks
Published 22 hours ago by Jamie Short
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum!
A compilation of great crowd-pleasers with easy to follow instructions. Bought this as a christmas present for someone who is just getting into baking (and who is a big follower of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by manishbhalla
5.0 out of 5 stars super item
item is five star quality this book is a gem would recommend to all my friends thanks to Gregg wallace
Published 11 months ago by williamclulow
3.0 out of 5 stars Yummy recipes
I like to collect recipes and love deserts that are quick and easy, I also like pictures of what the finished recipe should look like.
Published 15 months ago by Gloria Pollington
4.0 out of 5 stars GREGG
Published 17 months ago by Wendy Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars GREGG!
This title provides second-to-none recipes and as Gregg would say 'I dont just want to eat it...i want to bath in it
Published 21 months ago by thewritersnephew
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrummy
All the classic puds that you would expect from sweet-toothed Gregg....... scrummy. Easy to flick through, nice pictures, good sized print which is easy to glance at whilst you're... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by PeeBee
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Tooth!
Loved this book - very comprehensive range of puddings - the recipes I have tried have been easy to make and delicious to eat - my guests have been impressed! Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2011 by R. Luther
3.0 out of 5 stars Review: Gregg's Favourite Puddings
I live a weird life. After spending the last week moaning that I've put on 9lb since our wedding blessing in September (9lb! Read more
Published on 30 May 2011 by English Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars 120 recipes for all self-confessed sweet tooth addicts :-)
I did hesitate when buying this book, thinking I've always seen Gregg on Masterchef enjoy the desserts but never seen him actually cook or bake anything on national tv. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Sofia
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