Which got us talking. amazing_holly isn't that familiar with the rhyme and, as is usual, miss_s_b seems to know a completely different version to me, which is again different to the ones I've found online (and neither of us can remember the exact lyrics we knew as a kid anyway).
I've found several online sources, best two seem to be Wikipedia and rhymes.org.uk, which also has the alternate London Bells nursery rhyme. However, none of these mention the Bell of St Stephen's, which Jennie swears blind was in the version she knew as a kid.
Can anyone else remember St Stephen's being mentioned? It's very likely it's not the Bell of St Stephen's (ie Big Ben) anyway, but...
Oh, wait, the pudding? You want a recipe? Oh go on then...
You need a mixing bowl and a 1 litre pyrex or microwaveable bowl. A microwave (natch) and some cling film. Ingredients:
- 4oz butter/baking fat, softened
- 4oz sugar
- 4oz self raising flour
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 2 tablespooons any liquid (orange juice, lemon juice, water, coffee or pretty mucha nything will do)
- 2 tablespoons syrup (treacle, maple or my preferred, golden)
Put all the dry ingredients witht he fat in a mixing bowl, and mix together with hands until it's breadcrumby. Mix in the eggs, don't worry too much about mixing it smooth, it's not needed. Mix in the liquid--I used a lemon and an orange, both were slightly dried out)
Grease your pyrex bowl, then put the syrup in the bottom. Pour the batter in over the top. Cover with cling film, but put a fold over the top to allow for expansion--you want to trap all the steam, it's that that cooks it.
Put in the microwave on full power for 5-6 minutes (depending on microwave). Take out (I pick up the glass base tray), carefully remove clingfilm, put a serving plate on top and turn it over, be careful, it's hot.
Voila. You could serve it into individual bowls, but I just gave everyone a spoon. Easy.
If all your cooking equipment is clean and you've got a tidy kitchen, it should take about 10 minutes to prepare and 5 minutes to cook. IF you're me, it'll take 30 minutes to prepare, including washing the brand new pyrex bowls we got half price in Sainsbury's yesterday. Because I managed to break three last year. No, I don't know how I managed it either.
Nom nom nom.