Author(s): Alexa Johnston
'What's for Pudding?' is a question that has been asked around New Zealand dining tables for generations. A family will eat the main course and be satisfied, but the main event, the thing waited for with the greatest anticipation by all is, of course, pudding.
In What's for Pudding? Alexa Johnston brings together the sweet delights that have graced New Zealand tables for generations. Hot and cold puddings, as well as all kinds of baking, became a significant outlet for the creative genius of countless New Zealand women. The excellent recipes that they contributed to community recipe books are the source of many of the puddings Alexa Johnston has collected here and, although some of the recipes are very old, they are all delicious.
Puddings may have become an occasional treat nowadays but a beautiful dessert or a simple family pudding will provide the perfect end to any special meal. Lemon Delicious or Chocolate Fudge Pudding, Jam Roly-Poly, Apple Pie and Baked Apples, Fruit Flummery, Ice Cream and Jelly, Lemon Meringue Pie, Upside-Down Pudding, Spanish Cream, Rhubarb Crumble, Hot Fruit Sponge ...these simple family puddings - and Alexa Johnston's mouth-watering collection of recipes - have a universal and timeless appeal.
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Alexa Johnston works as a freelance art curator and writer. Her definitive biography of the iconic New Zealand hero, Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life, was a finalist in the Montana Awards. An enthusiastic and accomplished baker from a young age, she has an impressive collection of both cooking utensils and Kiwiana cookbooks and her first cookbook Ladies, a Plate, published by Penguin in September 2008, was a sell-out success. A Second Helping followed in 2009 to similar acclaim. Alexa Johnston and her retro recipes remain in hot demand and she has frequent invitations to speak at various events, most recently running a home-baking workshop at the 2011 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.