Q: A senior coworker gave me a Ball jar with a frozen "pudding" inside and a container with warmed sauce and a tiny bottle of brandy. I forgot about it and left the whole thing sitting out overnight and into the morning. I'm afraid it may have spoiled, but I'm also not even sure what it is.
What is this called-pudding-but-looks-like cake stuff? What's the sauce (dark brown, runny, firmed up in fridge)? What do I do with the brandy, and could the pudding or sauce have spoiled overnight? Don't make me ask the gift-giver — I'd be mortified!
Sent by Jessica
Editor: Jessica, our guess (is your coworker British?) is that it is a steamed pudding or a steamed cake (but could be a cake, since British folks call any dessert "pudding") and that it is probably OK to eat. The sauce is probably a brown butter brandy sauce and you could bring it to a simmer and boil it hard for a minute to be safe.
But do not take our word for it! If anything looks off or smells odd, throw it away. You can read more about boiled and steamed puddings (and freezing them) here.
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