Gregg's Favourite Puddings Hardcover – 2 Aug 2010
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Gregg Wallace gains huge television exposure through Masterchef and Celebrity Masterchef. He is a well-loved personality renowned for his delight in puddings and desserts. Masterchef consistently captures over 4 million UK viewers per episode. In 2010 Masterchef will move from prime time BBC2 to prime time BBC1 due to its huge popularity and the BBC Good Food Show has recently been renamed Masterchef Live in recognition of its success.
About the Author
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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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.
'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.:-
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.Read more ›
-Butterscotch Meringue Pie
-Chocolate Puddle Pudding
-Classic Creme Caramel
-Macadamia and Vanilla Tart
-Sticky Toffee Pudding
-Chocolate Fudge Cake
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***** :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ok.. gregg wallace is a prize plum and i personally can't stand the bloke but some good recipes in here that he's probably plagiarised from some talented chefsPublished 4 months ago by Mr. S. Agnew
I love the selection all good traditional puddings and some I had forgotten aboutPublished 14 months ago by Simon John Pickett
A definite book to have for anyone who loves puddings. A must! Brilliant!Published 20 months ago by Joshua
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 morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by manishbhalla
item is five star quality this book is a gem would recommend to all my friends thanks to Gregg wallacePublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by williamclulow
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 on 3 Jun. 2013 by Gloria Pollington