Eve's pudding

05 October 2012

This dessert is similar to a crumble but with a sponge top instead, which in many ways a nicer and more comforting autumn dessert than the crumble. It can be served with custard, clotted cream or ice cream.

Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

45 minutes




For the apple compote:

  • 1.2kg (about 6) Cooking apples- peeled and diced to approximately 1-2 cm
  • 50g Castor Sugar – depending on your taste and the tartness of the apples
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 150ml white wine – or just water
  • 150ml water

For the sponge:

  • 150g butter
  • 150g sugar - I like to use soft light brown
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self raising flour - sieved
  • The seeds from ½ vanilla pod or ½ tsp. vanilla essence
  • Flaked almonds or Demerara sugar - optional


Firstly make the compote. Place all the ingredients together in a saucepan over a low heat and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the apple is cooked (some of it will turn in to a saucy pulp and some of it will retain its shape better - this is what you want). Check the sweetness or acidity and correct to your taste with sugar or lemon juice. 

Once you’re happy with it, spoon everything into an oven proof dish, large enough to top with the sponge.

Whilst the apple is cooking you can make a start on the sponge.

First beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add the egg a little at a time until all is combined; if the mixture starts to separate just add 1 or 2 spoonfuls of flour to stabilise and continue adding the eggs until fully incorporated.

Next add the flour and bring together.

Spoon or pipe onto the apple compote, sprinkle with the almonds or Demerara sugar if using and bake for around 20 minutes at 180C/350F/GM4 until cooked and a skewer inserted into the sponge comes out clean.

Our thanks to the National Trust for providing this recipe.

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