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BRINGING PUDDINGS TO LIFE FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

Double Choc Cookie Sandwich
by Chef Phil Vickery

Celebrity chef Phil Vickery cooks up a pudding storm

Everyone has their favourite pudding but not everyone knows how to make them! However, help is here in the form of Celebrity Chef Phil Vickery. Phil is here to give easy step-by-step instructions to create twelve fantastic puddings, one pudcast a month. As we all sit back and enjoy the last of the summer days, there’s no better way to celebrate with family and friends than with an indulgent double choc cookie sandwich, the perfect dessert to curl up and share with the family as summer makes way for autumn.

Create them alongside Phil with this simple step-by-step ‘pudcast’ and say with pride “I Made It”, just like him.

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 fantastic puddings. Click on Podcast below to watch his latest instalment demonstrating how to make . . .

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

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!

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WHAT YOU GOT COOKIN'?

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.

CHEF PHIL VICKERY

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.

DOUBLE CHOC COOKIE SANDWICHES

Double Choc Cookie Sandwich"Indulgent double choc cookie sandwich, the perfect dessert to curl up and share with the family. Try eating the gooey chocolate cookies whilst they’re still warm – it works in perfect contrast with the cold ice-cream." ~ Phil Vickery

Ingredients

225g (8oz) unsalted butter, softened
225g (8oz) caster sugar
175g (6oz) Carnation Condensed Milk
55g (2oz) cocoa
325g (11½oz) gluten free self raising flour blend
100g (3½oz) white chocolate chunks
Low fat vanilla ice cream and Carnation Squeezy Caramel, to serve

Method

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar, until pale.
  • Stir in the condensed milk.
  • Mix in the flour.
  • Chill the dough for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and flatten slightly, place on a parchment lined baking sheets. Press down slightly.
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies 5 minutes to set before devouring!
  • To make ice cream sandwiches simply place a ball of ice cream in the centre of two cookies and drizzle with Carnation Squeezy Caramel.

Tip:

  • Gluten free flour both plain, self-raising and strong bread flour is quite readily available in good supermarkets and health food shops. The texture is slightly more crumbly but the flavour and wonderful baking aroma is just as good!
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Makes about 30 cookies

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