Even if I wasn't married to an Englishman, I would still say that the English probably make the best, if not the most comforting desserts. On quizzing Paalo of his favourite, Steamed Golden Syrup Pudding was his immediate response.
[Serves 2 if you're greedy!]
60 grams softened butter
60 grams icing sugar
finely grated lemon zest
1 egg, room temperature, lightly whisked
60 grams sifted self-raising flour
Beat the butter and sugar until thick and creamy. Whisk in the zest followed by the egg, a little at a time until fully incorporated.
Use a spatula to gently fold in the flour and then drizzle in enough milk to form a soft, spoonable batter.
Butter a 2 cup pudding bowl and cut out a baking paper disc to fit on the bottom (this just makes it easier to remove the pudding) - pour in a couple of generous tablespoons of golden syrup.
Carefully top the syrup with the batter - smoothing the surface with the back of a spoon. Cover with baking paper and secure with string or silicone ban.
Place in a steamer and steam for about 30 minutes or until cooked through - it should feel light and spongy to the touch and the sides should come easily away from the bowl.
Let it sit for a few minutes before turning out onto a serving dish. Serve while it's still warm, perhaps with a little clotted cream on the side.