Almond Sponge Pudding – Christmas Pud Alternative

Well we’re nearly at Christmas, and I have to say after a busier than usual December at Trigony House we are looking forward to our wee Winter Break.

The Trigony team will be taking its annual (short) seasonal break from the 24th to the 26th and we will be reopening and raring to go on the 27th of December!

One of the things we have noticed amongst our guests this Season is the increasing demand for Gluten & dairy free dishes, and I have to say that winter puds have been a bit of a stumbling block. But… we have come up with a couple of gluten & dairy free winter desserts which we are really happy with, and many of guests have been more than happy with…

A seasonal favourite in our restaurant is an almond sponge pudding with a delicious dark chocolate sauce & a lovely raspberry & cassis compote and here is the recipe should you not wish to come and experienc eit in our lovely Dumfries surroundings…

almond sponge pudding Trigony House Hotel

For the Almond Sponge Pudding:
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C (140 if its a fan oven).

Oil and flour 8 individual pudding moulds, set aside

Separate 8 eggs, whisk the egg whites until stiff.

Briefly whisk the yolks with 250grms of Sugar. Fold in together.

Then fold in 350 grms of Ground Almonds with a heaped tsp of Baking powder.

Fill the pudding moulds and put in the oven and bake for around 15 to 20 mins.

For the Compote:
Simplicity itself, pop 200grms of fresh Raspberrys in a small saucepan with 100grms of Icing Sugar & a double measure of Cassis, warm on a low heat until slightly mushy but not boiling and remove from the heat.

Try not to eat it from the saucepan!

For the Chocolate Sauce:
This is even simpler, heat 200ml of Almond milk to around 80 degrees C then add 150 grms of really good dark choc & 75 grms of demerera sugar and mix till dissolved completely.

Once the Puddings have risen and browned off then remove and place on a plate, pour on chocolate sauce and compote to your liking.

Wrestle friends and family for have second helpings and the rights to lick the bowls!

On a final note…

December weather in this part of Scotland has not been the best this year. Drizzle & fog have been the order of the day but were looking forward to the frosty ice blue sky’s of January easily the best walking weather in our opinion, but don’t take our word for it, come visit!

We’ll talk more about the best walks in the Dumfries and Galloway area and South West Scotland walking next month

Just to prove that December wasn’t a total washout, we took this gorgeous sun rise at Trigony:

Trigony House Hotel, Scotland - Sunrise December 2015