When studying in London, I discovered the perfect dessert for those on a limited budget. Heinz Microwaveable Sponge Pudding (cake with syrup by American standards) is widely available in British grocery stores and costs less than £1. The pudding can be boiled directly in the can or removed from the package and heated in the microwave. The end result is a warm, syrupy cake that only requires a can opener to prepare! It comes in various flavors like Chocolate, Sticky Toffee, Treacle, Strawberry Jam and everyone’s favorite, Spotted Dick (raisins). Brits may dismiss this canned dessert as rubbish, but I have yet to find anything as cheap, rich and quick to make in American grocery stores. Imported cans are available in British specialty shops throughout the US for around $5, but for that price I may end up buying a tartlet or cupcake instead.
Even though I am no longer on a student’s budget, every time I go back to London I always fill my suitcase with a few of these to bring back home. I like to say I buy them for old-time’s sake, but the fact is I just like having a cake in my cupboard that can be ready in less than 2 minutes!
Heinz Microwaveable Sponge Puddings
Available online at UKGoods.com