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Old 3rd March 2013, 20:53
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Duff

As time goes on we all look back at our time at sea and certain things spring up.(Nostalgia)
I have been on the INTERNET getting some recipes for that wonderful staple, Duff (what won't fatten will fill).
I have tried several of the recipes but they don't seem to be right.
Maybe a ships cook or second cook and baker point me in the right direction and I can turn out a good DUFF.
We had several variations but the main one was with dried fruit.
Would be grateful for secret recipe.
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Old 3rd March 2013, 23:52
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morning lakercapt.sn supporter.heres a steam pudding that will do the job,1.5cups of flour.one 1/4 teaspoon of salt.1 teaspoon of baking powder.3 teaspoons of sugar,1 tablespoon of butter.milk to mix.sift flour,salt and baking powder together,add sugar.rub in butter and mix to a soft dough with sufficiant milk.place in a greasedbasin.mix,and pour the following syrup over:-2 tablespoons sugar,1 tablespoon golden syrup or honey.and 1 cup boiling water.dissolve sugar and golden syrup in boiling water.do not cover basin.stand basin in a saucepan of boiling water(water to come half-way up the side of basin).put lid on saucepan and steam 3/4 of an hour.try it and enjoy.ben27
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Old 4th March 2013, 03:58
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Hey Ben 27 - Thanks for that - it's years and years and years since I last had Duff.
I can't wait to get down to the supermarket to get all the gear, and give it a go.
Keep posting - a post a day keeps the doctor away - that's what I reckon.
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Old 4th March 2013, 05:33
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Board of Trade Duff, now that brings back memories together with Spotted Dick and Oxtail Jardinere on Thursday nights dinner and of course 14 legged seagull with bread sauce for Sunday lunch.
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Old 4th March 2013, 06:55
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Hi again ben 27,
Right then, Was it Einstien who said that ? [the E=Mc (squared) guy]
Come to think of it I think it might have been.
The version I heard though (the Scottish Version) was:-
"X" --- an Unknown Quantity, and
"Spurt" ----- a drip under pressure.
I'm off to the supermarket shortly (I go late in the day, as that's when they do the "markdowns" on the prices ).
I'm the worlds worst cook, as I never had to do it at sea, so never really learned the art.
I'll have a go though, and if successfull it'll give me something to brag about to the ladies who run the local RSL club when I go there on Friday.
In fact, I might even be a bit more cunning, and talk one of them into cooking it for me.
They're really good cooks, so they are. Real country ladies.
Aye, the Board of Trade stuff was good.

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Old 4th March 2013, 12:29
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Thanks Ben27 I will give it a try but as the golden syrup is tough to find here I will use maple syrup in its place unti I get to a specially shop that sells the syrup.
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Old 5th March 2013, 05:51
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Thanks Ben27 I will give it a try but as the golden syrup is tough to find here I will use maple syrup in its place unti I get to a specially shop that sells the syrup.
No problem with the golden stuff where I am in OZ - I got a jar last night at the IGA supermarket.
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Old 9th March 2013, 11:52
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Hi lakercapt, This is from my old B.O.T. cookbook....4oz breadcrumbs,4oz flour (plain),1teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of mixed spice, 2 oz brown sugar, 2 oz fat (lard/dripping) 1 1/2 oz currants 1 1/2 oz raisins, 1/2 oz mixed peel and 1 dessert spoonful of treacle.
Sieve flour salt and baking powder together, add spice. Rub in the fat then add all other ingredients. mix the treacle with a little water together and make into a "slack" mix. Put into a greased bowl, cover with cloth, place in boiling water to cover and boil for 2 1/2 hours or steam for 3 hours. Serve with custard and enjoy.
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Not only a failure to specify the fat as suet but I would have said that it would come out the wrong shape for elephant's tool.
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Old 10th March 2013, 01:36
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I tried out ben27's duff recipe yesterday and must say it was'nt too bad, maybe a bit generous with the salt and sugar, but i enjoyed it.
Perhaps with a bit of tweaking, like an addition of currants or dried fruit to flavour it up a bit.

Kind Regards Jim Morrison
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Not only a failure to specify the fat as suet but I would have said that it would come out the wrong shape for elephant's tool.
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Not only a failure to specify the fat as suet but I would have said that it would come out the wrong shape for elephant's tool.
Failure to understand what you,re on about!!
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Old 10th March 2013, 19:35
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Thanks to ben27 and Alan Tyler - tried your recipes for Duff and found them to be very good. Made and enjoyed a very good Merchant Navy Duff today.
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Old 10th March 2013, 19:54
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Hi

I posted pictures from Nautical Cookery Book 1928 and one of the pages asked for was for Plum Duff.

Here's the link:

Plum Duff

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Old 10th March 2013, 20:12
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Thanks Guys
Now I have the recipes stored and am in the process of trying them.
To hell with the waist line!!!!
Both brought back memories of serving my time with Ropners (hence what won't fatten will fill)
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Old 10th March 2013, 21:05
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Hi lakercapt, This is from my old B.O.T. cookbook....4oz breadcrumbs,4oz flour (plain),1teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon of mixed spice, 2 oz brown sugar, 2 oz fat (lard/dripping) 1 1/2 oz currants 1 1/2 oz raisins, 1/2 oz mixed peel and 1 dessert spoonful of treacle.
Sieve flour salt and baking powder together, add spice. Rub in the fat then add all other ingredients. mix the treacle with a little water together and make into a "slack" mix. Put into a greased bowl, cover with cloth, place in boiling water to cover and boil for 2 1/2 hours or steam for 3 hours. Serve with custard and enjoy.
Alan, the ingredients look great,however are the oz measures correct. It would not make very large duff. Is that per man.??

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My memory is a bit hazy but weren't duffs at one time cooked in the galley steam cooker. Perhaps it was just tankers that had the steam cookers ?. I was on a couple of tankers 45/47 and they had steam cookers. On the British Dragoon in Abadan as the galley stove remained unlit during loading the steam cooker was used for all meals. I can't remember about the duff aboard but as she was a very poor feeder the minimum dried fruit would have been used to maintain the low feeding standards we endured. I think the elf-n-safety clamped down on the use of these cookers.
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Old 11th March 2013, 06:48
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Well I got mine cooked O.K.
It was Good despite the fact that I am the worlds worst cook.
Some of the local ladies are going to give it a go down the club next week, or the week after, when the painters get out of the kitchen.
Thanks again, old timer ben 27.
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Failure to understand what you,re on about!!
Alan, I put the elephant bit, rather boring, story elsewhere on SN - if I stumble across it again I'll post. But surely it should be suet rather than another fat shouldn't it?
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Old 11th March 2013, 13:26
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I think suet and lard are more or less the same thing, just from different animals.

Duff is crap anyway, can someone tell me how to make chocolate eclairs?

The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse seem to have invaded Oldman 80's computer .... is this the beginning of the end? Don't say the Mayans were serious after all!

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I think suet and lard are more or less the same thing, just from different animals.

Duff is crap anyway, can someone tell me how to make chocolate éclairs?

The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse seem to have invaded Oldman 80's computer .... is this the beginning of the end? Don't say the Mayans were serious after all!

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Choux Pastry for éclairs,Beef suet for the steamed puddings
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No problem with the golden stuff where I am in OZ - I got a jar last night at the IGA supermarket.
No problems in NS I get mine at the Atlantic Superstore.
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Choux Pastry for éclairs,Beef suet for the steamed puddings
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Thanks Ray. Is that the Chattanooga Choux Choux?

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Alan, I put the elephant bit, rather boring, story elsewhere on SN - if I stumble across it again I'll post. But surely it should be suet rather than another fat shouldn't it?
Just checked the recipe again and it just says "fat"
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Allan, the ingrediants look great,however are The oz correct.It would not make very large duff. Is that per man.
Well spotted, correct measures wrong recipe, that was for Plum pudding!! now for Plum Duff....1/2lb flour, 1/2lb breadcrumbs, 1/2 lb suet, 3oz each of currants and sultanas and raisins, 1oz peel, 1 tablespoon syrup, 1 teaspoonful spice, 3oz sugar, 2 eggs and milk to mix. Clean and stone the fruit, chop the suet and peel and mix all the dry ingredients. Warm the syrup in a little milk and add to dry mix, beat up the eggs with sufficient milk to make the Alan. mixture to a dropping consistency, put in a greased basin cover with g/proof paper and steam for 4 hours. Hope this sounds a bit better
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