A girl called Jack keeps it simple

Paddington Bear sponge puddings
Paddington Bear sponge puddings
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With a budget of just £10 a week to feed herself and her baby son, Jack Monroe was forced to find ways to make cheap yet nutritious food.

Her life changed when she began a blog detailing her experiences and providing recipes for others struggling to make ends meet.

Her new book ‘A Girl Called Jack’ has been well received and she has become a respected anti-poverty campaigner.

Here’s her recipe for Paddington bear sponge puddings

Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/gas 3. Place the butter in a microwaveable dish and heat on the defrost setting for 30 seconds until soft. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and lemon juice, and cream them together until well combined. Break the eggs in, then add the flour. Mix well with a fork or wooden spoon to create a smooth, glossy batter.

Lightly grease each of your muffin tins with a little extra butter to stop the puddings from sticking to the sides - which will ruin a seriously good dessert! Dollop a generous blob of marmalade in the bottom of each tin. Divide the batter among the tins, spooning it on top of the marmalade until each tin is approximately two-thirds full.

Cook in the centre of the preheated oven for 30 minutes. The puddings should be risen, light and golden, and should come away from the tin easily. Serve with extra marmalade warmed through to make a sticky sauce!