A baked dessert in less than five minutes? You bet. These individual steamed puddings are nice served warm; however they can also be made ahead. A quick reheat in the microwave will warm them up.
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
1-1/2 cups grated peeled Ontario apples (about 2 medium)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp minced candied ginger (2 slices)
Lemon sauce (see below)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1-1/4 cups milk
1 tbsp butter
1 lemon, finely grated rind and juice
1/4 tsp vanilla
Step 1: Grease six 3/4 cup ramekins or custard cups; set aside.
Step 2: In bowl, combine oil, brown sugar, molasses and egg until well blended. Stir in apple.
Step 3: In large bowl, stir together flour, ground ginger, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in candied ginger. Stir in liquid mixture until combined. Spoon evenly into prepared ramekins.
Step 4: Arrange in circle in microwave oven. Microwave, uncovered, at high for 3-5 minutes or until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Step 5: To serve, turn out onto individual plates and serve with warm Lemon Sauce.
Step 1: In 4-cup glass measure, whisk sugar with cornstarch. Whisk in milk until smooth.
Step 2: Microwave, uncovered, at high for 3-5 minutes or until boiling and thickened, whisking at least once during cooking.
Step 3: Stir in butter until melted. Stir in lemon juice, rind and vanilla. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.