Honey, Lemon and Ginger Steamed Sponge

What a wintry mood. Must be the thunderstorm outside. From Vegetarian Christmas 2002, which is proving a mine of interesting stuff.

6 portions, 339 cals per portion, not including cream or custard.

  • 100gms unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsps honey
  • 5 cm piece stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp stem ginger syrup
  • 1 lemon, zest and pith removed, and thinly sliced
  • 100 gms caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 75 gms self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 75 gms fresh white breadcrumbs

Grease the inside of a 1.2 litre pudding basin (might well be marked 2 pints).

Mix honey and syrup, and pour into the bottom of the basin. Press the lemon slices into the syrup, and then up the sides to line it.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, beat in eggs a little at a time until incorporated, sift powdered ingredients in, fold in. Fold in lumpy stuff. (Jeez, just make a sponge with everything else.)

Spoon into prepared basin, cover with 2 layers greaseproof paper and a layer of foil, pleated, tie with string, steam for 2 hours.

Do something intelligent with the lemon zest before you slice them up. I'd use a strong flavoured honey, or it's not a lot of taste.

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