Is there anyone who doesn’t like a pudding? We’re talking about those sweet, hot, steaming desserts that are so comforting yet feel ever so slightly indulgent. Having spotted a gap in the market for high quality, handmade and quintessentially English puddings, after 18 months of research and recipe development Kate Lyons and her husband Max started their company pudd’Eng in 2016.
The current range consists of six puds: marmalade; sticky toffee; syrup; chocolate & ale; treacle & walnut and spotted dick. Despite being comparatively young, the company has already won an award: the chocolate & ale pudding – made with Valrhona chocolate and ale from Norfolk’s Why Not Brewery – won the ‘Sweet Bakes’ category in the 2016 Great British Food Awards. Three sizes are available: half-pint, pint and two pint, and there are no artificial preservatives in the puddings.
The flavours are exceptionally good – for example, a hint of Earl Grey tea and lemon in the spotted dick; English whisky in the treacle and walnut; and a touch of ginger in the sticky toffee pudding, which is topped with a velvety butterscotch sauce. When you’re ready to eat your chosen pudding, it can be steamed or if you really can’t wait, popped in a microwave.
The pudd’Eng range is sold at selected retail outlets in Norfolk and Suffolk including: Walsingham Farm Shop, Back to the Garden in Letheringsett, and City Farm Shop in Norwich. Kate also attends events such as The Royal Norfolk Show, The Aylsham Show and The North Norfolk Food Festival. However, if you live further afield, the puddings are now available by mail order via the website and there are plans to develop partnerships with retailers in other parts of the UK. If you want to stock up, the puddings can be frozen and eaten later – if you can wait that long!
By Tracy Macheta, Norfolk editor