Time for tea?


A friend of mine told me about this great charity Dreams Come True which helps terminally ill children and tries to bring them a little joy by granting wishes. To help raise money to support these wishes they have created an exciting new summer fundraising campaign called Dream Tea. I love tea, especially of the afternoon variety so my ears pricked up when I heard about this.

The aim of Dream Tea is to encourage people to hold their own tea parties across the country to raise money. Every Dream Tea event should be hosted on 18 June.

The campaign is being supported by Miranda Gore Browne, a finalist from The Great British Bake Off, and she has created several recipes that you can create at your event. But she’s not the only one, even the likes of Marcus Wareing, Jane Asher, Ainsley Harriot and Rachel Khoo have all provided recipes. There is also a host kit that is available online or by post so it couldn’t be easier to host an event.

I’ve picked my favourite recipe below, Simon Rimmer’s Gooey Chocolate Fudge Pudding. Sadly I’m on a low carb diet at the moment, but luckily for me I’ll be ready for chocolate cake just in time for Dream Tea!

Ingredients: serves 6

  • 225g melted butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 30ml strong espresso coffee
  • 550ml milk
  • 350g soft dark brown sugar
  • 175g sifted s r flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 100g pecans
  • 75g raisins, soaked in 75ml dark rum
  • 30g golden syrup
  • sauce – 300ml double cream
  • 1 scraped vanilla pod
  • 50g sugar
  • 100g pink marshmallows


Mix the butter, eggs, coffee and 125ml milk.  Now add 225g sugar, flour, cocoa, boozy raisins and nuts and stir well.  Spoon into a 1.5ltr ovenproof dish (a big soufflé dish is ideal).

Bring the rest of milk to scalding point. Add syrup and stir to dissolve.

Sprinkle the rest of the sugar over the pudding, then milk mix.

Cook at 160c for about 50 hour (it should be springy on top, but will be gooey underneath.


Bring the cream, sugar and vanilla slowly to boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken.

Take off the heat and add the marshmallows, stir to start them melting and serve a big dollop of pudding with the yummy sauce over it.

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