All you need for this surprisingly good stand-by pudding are milk, flour, butter, sugar and a little spice. It takes just a few minutes to make, hence its name, and can be eaten hot or cold. It is particularly good served with poached fruit.
serves 2 - 4
50 g (2 oz) butter
30 ml (2 tbsp) plain flour
450 ml (3/4 pint) fresh milk
Freshly grated nutmeg or ground cinnamon
40 g (1 1/2 oz) light soft brown sugar
1. Put 25 g (1 oz) of the butter, the flour and milk in a saucepan. Heat, whisking continuously, until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth. Simmer for 1 -2 minutes. Stir in the egg, then pour into a flameproof serving dish.
2. Dot with the remaining butter and sprinkle generously with nutmeg or cinnamon and the sugar. Brown quickly under a hot grill.
Serve hot on its own or with poached fruit such as apples, pears or rhubarb.
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