Apple and star anise self saucing pudding

by Lesley Holdship


6 star anise
175g self raising flour
100g dark soft brown sugar
1 tsp ground star anise
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
100ml milk
75g butter
3 apples, cored and cut into slices
225g soft light brown sugar


Preheat the oven to 180C. Generously butter an ovenproof dish.

Heat 250ml of water in a pan until boiling and throw in the 6 star anise. Turn off the heat and leave to infuse whilst you make the sponge.

Stir together the flour, sugar. ground star anise and baking powder. Next whisk the eggs with the milk and butter. Combine this with the flour to make a lovely batter. Scrape into the buttered dish then scatter the apple slices on the top.

Reheat the anise infused water to just boiling. Remove the stars and press them into the surface of the batter. Stir the water and light brown sugar together, then pour over the apples. It could possibly look like a dog's dinner, but be bold, it will be fine!

Bake for 40 minutes until golden and bubbling - hopefully the bubbles will be coming from the bottom of the pudding. Serve with lots of cream.

Recipe: Lesley Holdship