There are so many thoughts and words spinning round my head today that I’m finding it hard to put them into any kind of cohesive sentence. It’s been the strangest of weeks, kicking off with a seven page feature in The Times, followed by a recipe and interview in Marie Claire, two in Stylist, this awesome feature in The Guardian and my first ever radio interview, with another to come on Sunday. To say it’s been a whirlwind would be an understatement, and I need a little time for it to all sink in.
Today is official publication day of Homemade Memories. Let’s leave it at that for now and I’ll share some thoughts on how that feels in the next couple of weeks, when (if) I can grasp the right words. Seriously, it may be indescribable.
In other news the sun has finally made an appearance in London and I’m desperately trying to make 1,000 canapés (5 sweet, 5 savoury, 100 of each) for my launch party tonight whilst simultaneously catching some rays. Bikinis and baking don’t necessarily mix, but I’m doing my best to multi-task.
There are quite a few recipes from the book floating around out there with the various features that are happening, but I wanted to share one more with you today. It’s not necessarily the most beautiful to look at but (isn’t this often the way?), it may well be the most delicious. I’ve been asking a lot of people about their favourite childhood treats over the last year or so and one which comes up time and again is butterscotch Angel Delight.
You people loved the stuff as kids but I don’t know many adults who’d whip up a packet of the stuff, so I’m giving you the Homemade Memories-approved version. No modified starch, vegetable oil, propane (no word of a lie, see for yourself!) tetrasodium diphosphate or other nasties, just dark muscovado sugar, real vanilla, butter and plenty of full fat cream and milk. A cheeky slug of Scotch stirred in at the end makes this indulgent pudding a little closer to a devil’s delight than its angelic namesake, but the flavour is truly divine.
- 45g butter, cubed
- 150g dark muscovado sugar
- ¾ tsp flaky sea salt
- 450ml double cream
- 3 tbsp cornflour
- 350ml milk
- seeds of half a vanilla pod
- 1 - 2 tbsp whisky or scotch
- handful cocoa nibs, to serve
- In a medium saucepan, brown 30g of the butter. Once golden and toasty smelling, stir in the sugar and salt. Remove from the heat and whisk in 150ml of the cream.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the cornflour with 50ml milk. Whisk in the sugar mixture followed by the remaining milk. Return everything to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Remove from the heat then stir in the remaining butter, vanilla seeds and 1 tbsp whisky until smooth. Press cling film into the top to prevent a skin forming and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Whip the remaining cream, adding 1 tbsp whisky at the start for a boozier pud. Fold two thirds of the cream into the cooled pudding.
- Divide between 4 - 6 glasses and chill, along with the remaining cream, for about 2 hours. Remove the puddings from the fridge, top with an extra dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa nibs, then serve.
21 RESPONSES TO Butterscotch Devil’s Delight + Publication Day (!)
Congratulations! That is so exciting. 🙂 I will definitely have to pick up a copy.
This custard looks delicious, I love butterscotch!
LOVE LOVE your blog!! Good luck with the launch tonight and all that baking. I’ m sure it will be a super hit!!
I shall wait patiently for your book here in India!!!:)
Aw thank you!!!
Congratulations Kate! I’m so excited to get home and read the book today. It just looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to get baking. Your success is very well deserved 🙂
Yay! Congratulations on the book !! Here in France the sun is out while I’m making the chocolate cream desserts I promised my parents to bring when I will see them tonight.. No rays for me today! (but a lot of longing glances outside…)
Omg!!! I couldn’t be happier for you. Enjoy this happy time and live life to the fullest friend! Meanwhile, I’m going to make this delicious butterscotch treat 🙂
Congrats!!! I’m guessing this is like some kind of pudding? Don’t know, don’t really care because butterscotch + whiskey sounds amaaaaaazing. Can’t wait to have this book in my hands!!
Yes exactly! Like a lighter version of American pudding x
Such exciting times for you Kate! The book looks gorgeous, and all of the recipes sound wonderful. Can’t wait to get my hands on it when it is available here in Australia. Any ideas on when that might be?
How wonderful it must all feel so surreal. I cant wait to get your book in my hands.
Aw thank you Rebecca! x
As soon as I saw this recipe in your book, I made a note to make it asap. I’m with your husband when it comes to my love of butterscotch angel’s delight but I’m pretty sure that this homemade version beats it hands down. I’m so thrilled too for all the amazing press you’ve had for your book – you deserve all of your success so much xo
Thank you so much lovely Kathryn! Xxx
Amazing photo of your books lined up in the window! Congratulations!
Thank you! Xxx
I have loved this blog for a long time now and have baked many things by you for many occasions, so I was super excited when you announced you were writing a book. I have waited patiently since then and preordered as soon as I could, and couldn’t have been happier to get my copy in the post. There was not a single recipe i don’t love the look of! I am even happier today when I got an email to say I had won (for the first time in my life) the competition for the preorder 🙂 I am super excited to start baking from your book with my prizes!
Thank you so much for your book and my prizes 🙂
Aw, what a sweet comment! I’m so happy you’re the winner! Xxxxxxxxx
Huge congratulations on the publication of your book Kate! You must be so proud! The few shots I have seen from your launch look like you had a fantastic night (also, how lucky were your guests with all those fabulous canapes? Also, you must be a superwoman to have been able to whip this all up and still make it through launch night!). Best of luck with the book, the afternoon tea and everything else that awaits you! I will try and track down a copy of your book next time I am in London. xx
Aw, thank you so much Sophia! Xxx
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