Friday , January 28 2022
Recipes: School Dinner Coconut and Jam Sponges 1

Recipes: School Dinner Coconut and Jam Sponges

Recipes: School Dinner Coconut and Jam Sponges 2

GBBO winner Candice Brown  tempts us with this old school classic 

I think this might be my all-time favourite school dinner pudding. Another easy-peasy recipe that hits all the right spots. I know that this pudding makes people happy as I made and served hundreds of portions with hot vanilla custard during lockdown and everyone loved it. Sometimes just a little reminder or a memory is enough to make your day a little bit brighter. You can use whatever jam you like and flavour the sponge with zest or spices.

Extracted from Happy Cooking by Candice Brown (Ebury Press, £22) Photography by Ellis Parrinder

Makes 9


100g of desiccated coconut
160g of golden caster sugar 
160g of unsalted butter 
170g of self-raising flour 
½ tsp of baking powder
3 eggs zest

1 orange
Splash of coconut milk 
300g of shop-bought or homemade raspberry jam 
Custard, to serve

Preheat the oven to 160°C fan (180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4) and line a 25cm square cake tin with greaseproof paper.

Scatter the desiccated coconut over a baking tray and toast in the oven for about 3-5 minutes until starting to turn golden brown. Set aside.

Put the sugar, butter, flour, baking powder, eggs, orange zest and coconut milk in a large bowl and, using an electric mixer or hand mixer, mix together until pale, fluffy and completely combined. Pour into the prepared tin and level out.

Bake for 20–25 minutes until risen and golden brown or a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Spread the jam all over the cooled sponge – get right into the edges.

Evenly sprinkle over the toasted desiccated coconut. Cut into squares and serve hot with custard.

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