All fired up for evening of Sheffield’s puddings

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Sheffield’s West Bar fire station has seen its fair share of drama over the years, but it had never seen anything quite like this…

Around 30 avid foodies gathered in the building – now the city’s Fire and Police Museum – for the first-ever Pop-up Pudding Club.

Sitting at tables overlooking the collections of historic fire engines, police badges, old photos and memorabilia, they tucked into a five-course meal: all desserts!

The event was organised by Seven Hills WI members Anna Tebble and Blanche Spataro with Blanche’s chef husband and Coco Catering business partner, Richard.

They came up with the idea as a variation on a supper club: “Everyone loves puddings!” said Blanche. “We looked at a lot of possible venues but this one was so different and the people who run it have been very helpful.”

Tables were laid with cloths, napkins and vintage china, loaned by local specialists Hansley Beard.

First up was a peach bellini jelly, followed by dainty chocolate profiteroles with raspberry coulis, then china teacups of strawberries, marinated in fruit juices, Amaretto, wine and cloves.

Next was chocolate Guinness cake with butterscotch sauce, raspberries and a salted caramel shard – a ‘guest’ pudding from Hunkydory Cakes.

Lastly came Sicilian cannoli: tubes of fried pastry filled with cream and candied peel.

“It’s been a bit stressful but we’ve really enjoyed it and everyone seems to have had a good time,” said Anna.

Four or five events a year are planned. More details on Twitter: @poppuddingclub