This is a classic old English puffing make from lovely sewed fruit with a spongy batter baked around it. Absolutely delicious! If you can't get hold of one of the orchard fruits you can use peaches or strawberries. This Eve's pudding recipe is perfect for this time of the year, especially when served with a hot cup of coffee.
1.5 kg (52 oz) apples, quinces, pears and plums
a large knob of butter, plus a little extra for buttering the dish
100 g brown sugar
a pinch of ground cinnamon
a pinch of ground nutmeg
a pinch of ground ginger
3 fresh bay leaves
1 vanilla pod
1 x 284 g pot of Jersey or double cream
8 g (1 tablespoon) icing sugar
a little swig of whisky
Note: Although the original recipe says to add all the fruits at once, for better results we add them at different times. We start by adding the quinces, then 5 to 10 minutes later we add the apples and pears, and finally the plums in the last 5 to 10 minutes. Cooking the fruit this way will make sure that everything is cooked evenly.