Just last week Neil Gaiman's much anticipated The Ocean at The End of The Lane was released to the masses. With a title like that I wasn't sure what to expect. Except the unexpected which is what is expected when reading Neil Gaiman.
My first love is reading. Baking allows me to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. Reading allows me to escape to other times and places.
When I first moved to the UK I'd go to Waterstone's on my lunch breaks and get 3 books for the price of 2. It’s how I discovered Neil Gaiman for the first time, I picked up Fragile Things as my third book and I've never looked back.
I want to tell you about The Ocean at The End of The Lane, but I am not really sure what to say or how to say it. It’s everything I wanted it to be and nothing I expected it to be.
However it was never my intention to review the book here, but to share with you a dessert inspired by the delicious sounding food from the Hempstock Farm. As this is a “forgotten” pudding it was fitting for our main character. Then on the day that changed everything he has homemade blackberry jam, so blackberries were a must. It was so easy to make and so absolutely delicious. I imagined I was using fresh eggs and cream from the Hempstock’s!
Forgotten Blackberry Pudding
6 large egg whites
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
250ml double cream
Preheat the oven to 220C/450F/gas7. Whisk the egg whites and salt in a mixer or with a hand mixer. You can whisk by hand, but it would take forever! Once peaks have formed gradually add the sugar. Once it’s all mixed in whisk in the cream of tartar and vanilla until stiff and glossy. Butter up a swiss roll tin or baking sheet (with sides) and then spread the mixture into the pan and even as best as possible. Put in the oven, close the door, turn off the oven, and forget about it until the morning. Do not open that oven door no matter what!!
to serve: If you can get it out of the pan in one piece awesome, I couldn't figure out a safe way to remove it. So, I just left it in the tin. Then I whipped up the double cream until it’s thickened, but still smooth. Spread over the cooked marshmallow meringue and spread over the berries!
It's amazing where inspiration comes from. What has inspired you lately??
notes: The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (Amazon UK & USA); Neil Gaiman; Our main character in Ocean’s is in love with books and for his 7th birthday, the birthday where the story starts, he receives a whole set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I am currently giving away a whole set of The Chronicles of Narnia a couple posts below. If you love books and know a child who you’d love to share the stories of Narnia with you should enter for a chance to win!; Neil has a lamp post!!; Recipe is adapted from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson it’s also found on her official site.