Beyond excited to be hosting today’s stop on the blog tour for Caroline Roberts and ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’! Huge thanks to Emilie from Team Harper Fiction for the blog tour invite and ARC! Not only will I be reviewing the book today, I also have a recipe to share with you all too, so don’t forget to keep reading after the review!
Step inside Rachel’s farmhouse Pudding Pantry, a place where love,
laughter and scrumptious bakes bring everyone together.
Primrose Farm is Rachel’s very own slice of heaven. Come rain or shine there’s always a pot of tea brewing by the Aga, the delicious aroma of freshly baked puddings, and a chorus of happy memories drifting through the kitchen.
But the farm is in a spot of trouble. As the daffodils spring, Rachel must plant the seeds of
change if she wants to keep the farm afloat, and it’s all resting on a crazy plan. She’ll need one family cook book, her Mum Jill’s baking magic – and a reason to avoid her distractingly gorgeous neighbour, Tom . . .
Swapping their wellies for aprons, can Rachel and Jill bake their way into a brighter future?
The proof will be in the pudding!
What does TWG think?
I’m just going to cut a slice of cake and get straight to the point here. ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far! The storyline wasn’t overcooked, nor did it have a soggy bottom. Instead I was hooked by the tantalising relationships between the characters, the cumbersome issues that arose, the fantastic pairing of both sweet elements and sour elements. My taste buds were tickled, my stomach was growling like a caged lion, and my heart swelled with pride like a perfect soufflé. Yes, ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is my idea of the perfect escapism, the perfectly baked Victoria sponge cake, and the melt in the mouth meringue. I adored the softness of Rachel’s personality alongside her fiery, mummabear nature. She was such a fun character to get to know, and her little girl, Maisy, had me laughing out loud multiple times. The phrase ‘out the mouth of babes’ is absolutely spot on where she is concerned!
Caroline Roberts’ delectable new novel isn’t just about how many sweet treats the characters can shove down their gusset. Yes, it may seem like it at times, but believe it or not, underneath the sweet and perfectly risen exterior lay a surprising and complex bunch of flavours. In simple terms, there is a lot more to this story than several servings of spotted dick! Rachel is a single mum. She would do anything for her little girl, so when Maisy’s father makes a random appearance, Rachel can’t help but feel slightly nervous about the situation.
Not only that, both Rachel and her mum, Jill, haven’t exactly had the easiest of years due to the incident with her father. I’ll try to not give too much away here, but I felt Rachel’s pain as something similar happened to me with my father two years ago. I was moved and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting a book like this to contain something so raw. I’m not complaining at all as it gave the book a very cleverly placed depth. I just found it a lot more emotional than I originally thought.
So, like I said before, there is A LOT more to ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ that meets the eye, and it really is one of a kind. I have read many books which have been set on a farm, but never have I ever read a book where the farm animals are characters in their own right! Can I have my own Pete, please?!
If you’re a fan of sweet things, both food wise and romance wise, ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ will be the perfect accompaniment to any bookshelf. Caroline Roberts has certainly channeled her inner Mary Berry where this storyline is concerned, and if I could award anyone with the covet Star Baker award, Jill would be the winner hands down!
Such a wonderful, enriching, little slice of heaven – ‘Rachel’s Pudding Pantry’ is such a heart-warming, delectable, more-ish novel which I would eat….I mean, read, time and time again without getting bored.
Irish Cream Cheesecake
Note from Caroline: This is one of my (and my friends’) all-time favourite cheesecakes – it’s very easy to make and involves no baking as such!
175g digestive biscuits
70g unsalted butter
275g full fat cream cheese
150ml double cream
Half a can of condensed milk (about 200g)
4 x 15ml spoons (tbsps.) Irish Cream liqueur
8-10 large chocolate chips/chocolate curls or chocolate coffee beans to decorate
Crush the biscuits with a rolling pin, or whizz in a food mixer until evenly crushed.
Melt the butter in a pan, add biscuits and stir through to mix well. Spoon into a deep 20cm/8 inch flan dish (one with a push-up base or clip side release would be ideal). Press into place with the back of a dessert spoon around the base and sides of the dish. Chill in the fridge whilst you do the next step.
Place cream cheese in a bowl, add the cream and condensed milk and beat until thick with an electric hand whisk. Slowly add the Irish Cream and beat again lightly to mix through.
Chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.
Decorate with your chocolate garnish at equal spaces around the outer circle area, ideally one garnish per slice.
This makes a gorgeous dinner party dessert or why not slice up a treat with a cup of tea or coffee. Serve with friends!