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December 4th, 2015
Rice pudding winter dessert

Ski's top winter treats

Winter is a wonderful time for food and, here at Ski HQ we tend to get a bit sentimental at this time of year. Chilly temperatures and grey skies are the perfect time for rolling out many of our old favourites, those warming comfort foods that we’ve found decadent and delicious over the years, which remind us of our childhood. Here are a few of our top winter treats:

Rice pudding

If your school days remind you of lumpy, tasteless rice puddings with a blob of jam on top then you should try this simple rice pudding recipe. Add pudding rice measured to the 175ml level in a glass measuring jug, combined with 40g golden granulated sugar, 410g evaporated milk and 850ml whole milk in an ovenproof dish. Grate on a whole nutmeg, add a blog of butter and then bake at 150°C for 2 ¼ hours.

Sticky toffee pudding

It’s a dessert for cold Sunday afternoons, particularly delicious served with custard and maybe even a blob of cream too. For an easy but delicious version of this pud, preheat your oven to 190°C and butter a 1 ½ litre pudding dish. In a large bowl mix 100g dark muscovado sugar with 175g self raising flour. Pour 125 ml full fat milk into a measuring jug and add 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 50g melted unsalted butter. Pour this into the flour mixture and mix together with 200g chopped dates. On the top, sprinkle 200g dark muscavado sugar and 25g butter and then cover with 500ml of boiling water. Cook for 45 mins and then enjoy.

Toffee apple mousse

We all love a sticky toffee pudding but it can be a bit too. If you’re looking for a lighter option try a Ski toffee apple mousse – the same decadent toffee flavour but in a light and tasty Ski mousse.

Winter fruits

Sometimes the tastes that give us the most pleasure are the simplest and winter is a great time for fragrant fruits. Make a deliciously spiced compote with 8 pears and 8 large handfuls dried fruit, such as apricots, figs, prunes, and apples. Put the pears in a pan and cover with water. Add a vanilla pod and seeds, 6 tsp honey, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cloves, zest of an orange and lemon and a squeeze of lemon juice. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, add the dried fruit and leave to steep overnight. Serve with a delicious dollop of Ski yogurt.