For my second recipe out of Nigella’s “How To Be A Domestic Goddess” as part of my February Cooking The Books Challenge I turned to the Puddings chapter for ideas for our usual Sunday lunch dessert treat. I wanted to try out something unusual yet be something everyone would eat in our house. We had all been ill the previous week, struck down with a flu virus and no one had much appetite for dinner. Though by the time we had got to the Sunday, I was still off my food, yet my hubby and son were feeling better. My daughter was yet to go down with it!
Nigella has a recipe for Blueberry Boy Bait in her book. The title has always made me laugh,ever since I first heard of the recipe when Ruth Clemens (aka The Pink Whisk) baked a Peach and Blueberry Boy Bait in the very first series of The Great British Bake Off. Although I don’t need to be “baiting” any boys as I am already happily married, I was secretly hoping the man in my life, plus my two children would be attracted by it. The original Boy Bait recipe dates back from 1954 and was invented by a Chicago teenager for the Pillsbury $100,000 Recipe and Baking Contest. It is still popular today.
Nigella says in her introduction to the recipe that she “wanted something different, something more luscious and perhaps something more English” So, her version, to me comes out more like a Blueberry Queen Of Puddings. It has a custardy breadcrumbed based sponge, topped with blueberry jam and finished with a pile of crispy meringue.
When I got the blueberries out of the fridge I noticed the big punnet I’d bought had been opened and some had been eaten already! So the blueberry jam only had two thirds of the blueberries in it!
I was a bit unimpressed by the look of the sponge layer when it came out of the oven. If this was meant to be boy bait… well we would have to see what happened. More like boy running a mile from looking at that!
The verdict? My husband tasted it and thought the base tasted a bit claggy. I agreed with him although being off my food I only had a mouthful. My son ate the meringue bit off the top and my hubby left the base part but loved the rest. My daughter did the same. Afterwards my hubby picked off the bits of overhanging crispy meringue but sadly this was definitely not boy bait here. I think I will try Ruth Clemens’ version (which is on her Pink Whisk website) another time to compare. What a shame.
Love Sam xx