sarah whitaker aga lady recipe

Pear and Ginger Brioche Pudding

This is a really yummy pudding that is very simple to make on the AGA. Lovely with a dollop of natural yoghurt or cream. This is a Sarah Whitaker recipe.

(For more recipes by Sarah Whitaker: Sarah Whitaker Recipes)


1/2 oz (10g) butter
4 large ripe pears
1 tin condensed caramel (saves you boiling and possibly exploding those condensed milk cans!)
3/4 pint (450 ml) milk
2 balls of stem ginger from a jar and 1 tbsp of the syrup
3 eggs
1 brioche sliced loaf
4 oz (100g) sultanas
2 tbsp demerara sugar


Baking Oven, 180C, 375F, Gas 5


  1. Set the butter onto the back of the Aga to melt. Brush an Aga deep baking dish with the butter.
  2. Peel, core and quarter the pears and cut them into slices. Grate the stem ginger.
  3. Beat the eggs and milk together in a jug and stir in the ginger and syrup. Mix in the caramel.
  4. Lay slices of the brioche into the dish. Add a layer of pears and half of the sultanas, then another layer of brioche, another layer of pears and finish with a final layer of brioche.
  5. Pour the egg and milk mixture over the pudding and leave to soak for at least half an hour, or overnight.
  6. Scatter the demerara sugar over the top of the pudding and bake


  • In a 3,4 or 5 oven Aga: Hang the dish from the 3rd runners in the baking oven.
  • In a 2 oven Aga: Set the dish into the large roasting tin and hang the tin from the 4th lowest runners in the roading oven. Slide the cold shelf onto the 2nd runners above.
  • Bake the pudding for about half an hour until it is golden and crunchy on top.


Lucky Competition Winner’s Weekend at an AGA Cottage

Pauline and her family enjoyed a truly memorable and relaxing stay at Roosthole Holiday Property during the last weekend in January.

Pauline was the lucky winner of the AGA Cookshop competition in conjunction with AGA Cottages and was randomly selected from over 10,000 entries.

We asked Pauline to give us the highlights of her stay …

“We arrived late Friday afternoon to be greeted by Dave who gave us an informative twenty minute tour of the spacious house and grounds with an explanation of all the facilities. We were joined that evening by our two daughters and their partners and we all enjoyed a lovely evening catching up over a fish pie supper cooked to perfection in the AGA.

On the following morning my two daughters were pleased to be able to head down to the local park in Horsham (15 minutes by car) for their usual 5 km run which simultaneously takes place in many venues around the country. They took part in this whilst the men played golf at Mannings Heath, which is literally 100 yards walk down the road! After a late brunch cooked on the AGA my daughter put us all through an exhausting yoga session in the spacious living room after which we went for an hour’s walk in the local woods, the entrance to which is just 250 yards from the house.

That evening we all made the short walk to Mannings Heath Golf Club where the very accommodating staff put on a very enjoyable cheese and wine tasting for the six of us followed by a return walk to the lovely warm house again where we cooked up some venison steaks on the AGA with dauphinois potatoes.

On Sunday, the men were up early for another game of golf whilst the ladies explored the extensive grounds of the Roosthole House with the hope of seeing the rare albino dear that roam freely in the locality. Alas none were spotted but then the boys returned having seen them racing across the golf course! Typical!

The AGA was well used over the course of the weekend and was also able to deliver a late, relaxing Sunday roast over which we could all gather and chat about our lovely weekend together before reluctantly leaving Roosthole as we all had work commitments the following Monday morning.

In summary, we found Roosthole to be an ideal size for our family of 6 adults with excellent facilities. If we were lucky enough to have the opportunity for another break at Roosthole we would jump at it. Thank you so much.”