Election dessert spices up politics

After you’ve voted, why not watch the election results with a dish of Tory Pudding with Liberal Sauce?

I promise you won’t have a single party in opposition. Steaming hot and oozing with sweetness, it may just be the only palatable thing you take away from this election.

I found this recipe in an old cookbook. Homemade to raise money for a church, the book was called Burnt Offerings. I thought it strange that anyone condoned mixing religion and politics, but this recipe will get any vote.

I couldn’t resist trying it and it turns out, to be quite consumable, unlike some other things served with a party name on it.

Tory pudding with Liberal sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).

In a buttered, one quart casserole dish, mix and keep warm in the oven:

  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine


  • 1/4 c. soft butteror margarine
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c. flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. raisins, optional

Cream butter and sugar together. Beat the egg slightly in a cup and mix into the butter and sugar. Sift together or mix in a small bowl the flour, baking powder and salt.

Add to the first mixture and mix well. Mix in the raisins if you’re adding them.

The batter will be quite thick and you might think it will be hard to work with, but don’t worry. After it’s been in the heat, it will come out risen, united and smooth overall, quite unlike a political party after it’s been in the heat.

Just spoon the batter on top of the sauce and don’t try to smooth it over. Put it back in the oven and bake for 30 to 45 minutes until it looks golden and crusty.

How would you like to serve it: with the Tories over the Liberals or the reverse? That is, with the cake on top and the sauce underneath, or with the sauce on top? That’s entirely your vote.

I had thought of topping it with green or orange ice cream, but you don’t need it. Too much politics in the same dish may leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Bon appetit.

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