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Food Experiment Help?

Courtesy of Little Sister Pony, I am the proud owner of a Heinz brand Spotted Dick In A Can. I have to say, it isn't quite what I thought it would be -- I always kind of thought that spotted dick was a sheet o' lard rolled up with currants, but the can promises a (vegetarian!) spongy sort of pudding. Apparently, you're supposed to steam it in the can by boiling the whole can for half an hour, and then opening it Very Carefully. Presumably while being secretly filmed for the British version of Candid Camera or something.

Anyway, my British friends tell me that you're supposed to eat the spotted dick with custard. Being a big fan of following the directions for the first time making something foreign, I took myself down to Treasure Island ("America's Most European Supermarket") and bought a can of Ambrosia brand Devon custard. I'm all set to prepare and sample this taste treat, but I've got a question first, for any British-ish f-listers who might be reading along, quivering with silent laughter:

After I've spooned custard over dick, what do I do with the rest of the custard? I mean, it's a standard 15-oz. can, and I can't imagine that I'll need the whole thing for just one can of spotted dick. Does it go over other foods? Can it be eaten alone? I'm not even sure what consistency of dairyliciousness is going to come out of that can, to be honest. Probably something thicker than heavy cream, but not as solid as flan, but that leaves a wide range in between . . .

Help me, f-list! You're my only hope!

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frenchpony
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, what a good excuse to make an apple pie?

Is that what gets put on apple pies in Ireland? New Englanders tend to serve apple pie with a nice sharp Cheddar, which I've done in the past.
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Cheese????

I only said pie for your benefit. It's apple tart here. And yes, cream or warm custard over hot apple tart. Hot any kind of tart, actually. I just love apple. Or rhubarb.

You can eat custard on its own too.
frenchpony
Feb. 1st, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
One crust or two? I'd say "tart" for a single-crust deal, but if it's apples and two crusts, then "pie" all the way.

And, yes, a couple of slices of sharp, salty Cheddar tends to cut the sweetness of the pie a bit. (Not that my apple pies are overly sweet to begin with, what with the Granny Smith apples and the splash of rum in the filling.)
dot_o_choillmor
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Two.

Rum, eh? I'll look you up the next time I'm over that way.
frenchpony
Feb. 3rd, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Rum and cheese. You come visit me again, and I will make you an awesome apple pie.

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