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Celebrity chef Phil Vickery cooks up a pudding storm

The famous chef takes us through 6 of Britain's favourite puds. Everybody loves a good pud! From homemade apple pie to granny's spotted dick or mum's treacle tart, everyone's a winner. But how often do you make home-made puds and do you really know where to start?

Although more and more people are experimenting in the kitchen with puddings, one in five Brits have never attempted a home-made pudding, according to new research by Carnation. So what's stopping Brits from getting their hands dirty in the kitchen? Perhaps, if you had a top chef in the kitchen with you, you'd be more inclined to whip up a nice pudding. Well now you can!

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery is here to save the day. Over the coming months he will be welcoming us in to his kitchen to take us through the simple steps to create 6 classic puddings. Click on Podcast below to watch his third instalment demonstrating how to make Blueberry and Passionfruit Cheesecake . . .

Still looking for inspiration? Why not logon to where you can look through a variety of Phil's tasty recipes and download the pudcasts.


To stop the spread of pudding paranoia and encourage the nation to rediscover its taste for homemade puddings, today, celebrity chef Phil Vickery launches a series of Pudcasts; a monthly series of six podcasts showing you how to create simple, yet impressive, desserts. Let's face it, even cook books aren't fool-proof, but you'll be hard pressed to go wrong when you've got the step-by-step directions on a screen right in front of your eyes! So why not harness the power of technology and watch one of Phil's pudcasts - you can't go wrong!


The third Pudcast released in May features Phil demonstrating how to make Blueberry and Passionfruit Cheesecake . A new Pudcast containing a new recipe will be launched every month until September, showing you how to produce a range of delicious deserts, step-by-step.

Featured recipes:

  March : Toffee Apple Tart
  April : Millionaires Shortbread
  May : Blueberry and Passionfruit Cheesecake
  June : Rose and Raspberry Meringue Mess
  July : Lemon Posset (with Cardamom shortbread)
  September : Banoffee Pie


Cooking's not just about the end result. According to Phil, as well as missing out on the delicious taste of authentic homemade cooking, people are passing up the opportunity to experience the psychological benefits of making something for themselves. Creating your own mouth-watering pudding can be extremely rewarding, especially if cooking for family and friends. To see others really enjoying something you have prepared from scratch can leave you with a real sense of satisfaction and pride.


Phil started his career in a seaside hotel in Folkestone Kent, after leaving college. He then went to the Lake District to the famous Michaels Nook Country House hotel, where his food was rated the best in the lakes.

After 6 months touring Australia and New Zealand he took up one of two stints at the world famous Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. Once as chef de partie, and sous chef. This is where he really found his love for great British produce and cooking. This led on to his next position as Ian Mc Andrew's sous chef at Restaurant 74

After the second stint at Gravetye Manor, Phil then travelled to the south west to open a luxurious hotel, then moving to The Castle hotel after Gary Rhodes left in 1999. Here he really found his niche and over the next 9 years he won many accolades, including a Michelin star, Egon Ronay stars and 4 AA rosettes. Phil moved onto development in 2000 co-founding The Food Bureau with partner and friend Steven Poole.

Phil has written six books, including 'A Passion for Puddings'. He also writes for many magazines, articles and is a member of The Guild Of Food Writers.

Phil has been a regular chef on BBC's Ready Steady Cook for 10 years. He is also resident chef on ITV's This Morning and is a regular contributor to Radio Five Live and BBC's Breakfast programme.


Blueberry and Passionfruit Cheesecake
Blueberry and Passionfruit Cheesecake


For the blueberry compote:
100g (3½oz) blueberries
Juice of ½ a lemon
4tsp icing sugar

For the cheesecake:
200g (7oz) shortbread biscuits
40g (1½oz) butter, melted
405g can Carnation Condensed Milk Light
2 x 250g tubs Mascarpone cheese
juice of 2 large lemons
4 passion fruit


  • Tumble the blueberries into a small pan with the juice of half a lemon and the icing sugar, bring to the boil rapidly and then allow to cool, before chilling while you make the base and filling.
  • Grease a 20cm (8in) spring-form tin with baking parchment.
  • Crush the biscuits and mix together with the melted butter then lightly press into the tin. Chill.
  • Meanwhile beat together the condensed milk and Mascarpone cheese until completely smooth. Add the juice of 2 lemons and combine thoroughly, this should thicken the mixture.
  • Spread slightly more than half the cream mixture onto the biscuit base, spreading out to seal with the edges of the cake tin. Using a spoon make a large, shallow well in the centre. Spoon the cooled blueberry mixture into the well and top with the remaining cream mixture. Spread out evenly to encase the blueberries. Chill for 4 hours.
  • When ready to serve, carefully transfer the cheesecake to a serving plate. Halve the passion fruit and spoon the seeds onto the top.


If you love a really zesty lemon flavour simply zest the 2 lemons needed for the filling and add with the lemon juice into the Mascarpone.

Serves 10 - 12

Published 16 May 2008

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