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Guest Post: Lauren Compton Author Of Jayne’s Endeavor (Recipe, Review, and a Giveaway!)

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For those of you who may not know, Lauren Compton recently released the first book in her Joy series titled Jayne’s Endeavor! She’s here today with an authentic Australian recipe from that book with plenty of mouth-watering pictures. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on her book at the end of this post. But, first and foremost, isn’t this cover gorgeous?Book Mockup

About the Book

A 19th century tale of mystery and intrigue set in colonial Australia.

When puzzling strangers appear and odd things start to happen, eighteen-year-old Jayne Reid and her two younger sisters must find a solution—or lose everything. Journey with Jayne as she struggles to change fear into boldness and boldness into a trusting relationship with her Heavenly Father.

About the Series

The JOY Series follows three sisters on a quest to keep their parents’ legacy and dreams alive. Loaded with 19th century Australian adventure, it’s a series full of intrigue, adventure, and faith for ages 12 and up!


Steamed Pudding!?

I’ve always loved cooking and baking, so it was great fun getting to research and experiment with different recipes as I wrote Jayne’s Endeavour!

Researching for my novel also provided me with an excellent reason to buy some colonial Australian recipe books. 😀 I love how old recipe books are so much less detailed in their recipe instructions. It certainly saved on space!

Today I thought I’d share with you all what a real pudding is (at least over here in Australia!). 😉 It’s also the type of pudding you’ll find Jayne and her sisters eating in Jayne’s Endeavour!

And just so there’s no confusion, in Australia pudding is more of a cake-like dessert that’s often served with custard or ice-cream! One of the most authentic types of pudding is a steamed pudding. So delicious . . . and they always make me think of my grandma! 😀

While the girls hummed along, Jed played tune after tune. Finally he pocketed his harmonica. As he reached for the large Bible on the carved shelf above the fire, he said, “Perhaps it’s time for that pudding you mentioned.” He looked at Yvonne and winked. “The thought’s making my mouth water, so as I can barely stand it.”

–Chapter 3, Jayne’s Endeavour

Now here’s your opportunity to make your own delicious steamed pudding, just like the one Jayne ate in the above excerpt!

Busy Day Steamed-Pudding

This a quick and easy no-fuss recipe! Just right for whipping together after a long hard day of work.


6 tablespoons golden syrup or more to taste (substitute with maple syrup)
4 generous tablespoons butter
3 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
1 1/2 to 2 cups milk


There’s no need to sift the flour or grease the basin–just mix the ingredients together in the heatproof basin that you’ll use to cook the pudding in.

Put golden syrup (maple syrup) and butter in the pudding basin. Melt over low heat.

Dissolve the baking soda into the milk. Add to basin, then stir in the flour. Add extra milk if the batter is too thick. It should resemble something like a cake batter consistency or a tad thicker.

Cover basin and steam for at least 1 1/2 hours (my grandma always says the longer the better for steamed puddings, and you really can’t overcook them!). Before serving, run a butter knife around the edge of the pudding so it doesn’t stick, then tip basin upside down onto a plate.

Serve warm with cream, custard, or ice-cream.

Recipe Notes:

  • Trying adding some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg etc) and/or dried fruit for extra flavour!
  • The above quantities are what I used to make my pudding, but you can halve the amounts for a smaller pudding.
  • Substitute wheat flour with gluten-free flour for a gluten-free option. Quantities of liquid may vary though.

How to Steam a Pudding:

Half fill a large stockpot with water. In the bottom of the pot place several egg rings or a trivet (or anything else that’s suitable to keep the pudding basin off the base of the pot to avoid burning). Bring water to a boil while you mix together the pudding. 🙂

If you don’t own a pudding basin, choose a smallish bowl (one with a lip around the rim works best!) that will fit inside your stockpot. To seal the basin, use two plastic freezer or sandwich bags. Drape them over the lid so that they cross over each other.

Ask a family member to pull the plastic tight so no water gets in (the pudding needs to be fully sealed), then wind string/twine around the lip of the basin several times, pulling it tightly. Secure the string well. Your pudding is now ready to be steamed! 😀

Lower the basin into the boiling water (water should only come about half-way up the basin). Place lid on the stockpot and your pudding will start to cook! Part way through the cooking, top up pot with more hot water.

I used a special steamed-pudding basin with a lid! 🙂

Have any of you ever heard of or tasted a steamed pudding before? I’d love to know in the comments! 😀



Author Photo Lauren Compton

About Lauren

Lauren Compton lives in Australia on a sheep farm—surrounded by mountains and plenty of Aussie wildlife! From a young age she has loved books and writing-related things (yep, that includes spending ages in the writing supplies department!). Now she has embarked on a mission to write books that both entertain AND encourage. Her desire is to weave stories that point readers to her Heavenly Father while at the same time being a whole lot of fun!

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My Review

I think I’ve established how much I love Historical Fiction. There’s just something about going back to a simpler time without all the hustle and bustle we have today. Jayne’s Endeavor takes you back there and, for me, to a new place entirely. Lauren paints the Australian landscape vividly, even for this American, so that you almost feel as if you were there. I felt for Jayne and her sisters as they struggled and they wondered how they would ever make it through. I loved how they leaned on God through the process even as nearly everyone around them doubted their ability and was unsupportive. The most refreshing quality of this book, in my opinion, is that it contains NO romance. It was nice to be able to focus on the “meat” of the story and not be sidelined by “fluff”. This is a completely clean, God-honoring read that I would be be proud to hand to a girl of any age and not think twice!


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I hope you enjoyed this post.

Be sure to check out the other posts in the blog party!

Monday 25th May
Abby Rose @ Photos by Abby Rose  – Review


Tuesday 26th May
Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls – Review and Excerpt


Wednesday 27th May
Becky @ Blossoms and Blessings – Review and Exclusive Giveaway
Erika @ Resting Life – Review and Excerpt


Thursday 28th May
Katja @ Old-Fashioned Book Love – Review
Malachi @ Brainstorms with Rain – Book Spotlight


Monday 1st June—Release Day!!
Kaitlyn @ Maidens for Modesty – Review and Guest Post
Lauren @ Novels That Encourage – Release Day Post


Tuesday 2nd June
Rebekah @ Read Another Page – Review and Author Interview
Wednesday 3rd June
Kassie @ Soldier Girl Stories – Review and Exclusive Giveaway
Esther @ Purposeful Learning – Book Spotlight, Recipe, Review


Thursday 4th June
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise – Book Spotlight, Guest Post, Review


Monday 8th June
Ryana Lynn @ Life of Heritage – Review, Author Interview, Exclusive Giveaway

Tuesday 9th June
Michaela @ Tangled Up in Writing – Review and Book Spotlight
Abigail @ Read, Review, Rejoice – Book Spotlight and Guest Post


Wednesday 10th June
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books – Review, Excerpt, Author Interview


Thursday 11th June
Tara @ Tower in the Plains – Review and Recipe
Laura @ Beautiful Things – Book Spotlight
Lauren @ Novels That Encourage – Tour Wrap Up



8 thoughts on “Guest Post: Lauren Compton Author Of Jayne’s Endeavor (Recipe, Review, and a Giveaway!)”

  1. Thank you so much, Tara, for putting together this lovely post and review! I so appreciate your help with spreading the word about my novel! 😀 Glad you enjoyed your “trip” to Australia! And so refreshing to hear that you appreciated the no romance aspect 😉

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