6, 5, 4
1 packet of self-saucing pudding mix (serves 4) cooked
100ml pre-made custard
- IDDSI Level 6 Soft & Bite-Sized
- Make and cook the pudding mix as per directions.
- Testing IDDSI Level 6: The pudding cake should be moist and soft, but test that the pudding easily breaks apart with a fork and passes the fork pressure test, by pressing it with a fork and ensuring it stays squashed once removing the fork. If it does, then cut it into 1.5cm pieces. If it doesn’t, then soak with a little milk.
- Serving: Pour custard into a bowl. Cut the cake into 1.5cm x 1.5cm pieces, and place on top of the custard with some of the sauce while still warm.
- IDDSI Level 5 Minced & Moist
- Make and cook the pudding mix as per directions. Place a portion of the self-saucing pudding on a chopping board, and dice to a minced consistency.
- Testing IDDSI Level 5: Check the pudding using the spoon tilt method: the food should hold its shape on the spoon, then fall off the spoon easily when tilted. Adjust as required. The pieces should be no larger than 4mm and should pass through the tines of a fork.
- Serving: Pour custard into a bowl and place the minced pudding with some of the pudding sauce on top.
Pour custard into a bowl and place the minced pudding with some of the pudding sauce on top.
- IDDSI Level 4 Pureed
- Make and cook the pudding mix as per directions. Place the self-saucing pudding with some sauce in a blender and blend to a smooth consistency.
- Testing IDDSI Level 4: Check the pudding using the spoon tilt method: the food should hold its shape on the spoon, then fall off the spoon easily when tilted. Then do the fork drip test, by picking up some puree with a fork and ensuring no liquid drips through the tines of the fork. Adjust as required.
- Serving: Place the pureed pudding in the bottom of a dish or bowl and top with custard. To add some colour and flavour, add a little strawberry topping in the middle of the cup. It can also be served with cream.
Test the texture: Is it IDDSI Level 6 Soft & Bite-Sized?
- Soft, tender and moist, but with no thin liquid leaking or dripping for the food
- Ability to ‘bite off’ a piece of food is not required
- Ability to chew ‘bite-sized’ pieces so that they are safe to swallow is required
- ‘Bite size’ pieces no bigger than 1.5cm x 1.5cm in size
- Food can be mashed or broken down with the pressure from a fork
- A knife is not required to cut this food
Test the texture: Is it IDDSI Level 5 Minced & Moist?
- Soft and Moist, but with no liquid leaking or dripping from the food
- Biting is not required
- Minimal chewing required
- Lumps of 4mm in size (fit through prongs of a fork)
- Lumps can be mashed with the tongue
- Food can be easily mashed with just a little pressure from a fork
- Should be able to scoop food onto a fork, with no liquid dripping and no crumbles falling off the fork
Test the texture: Is it IDDSI Level 4 Pureed?
- Are usually eaten with a spoon
- Do not require chewing
- Have a smooth texture with no lumps
- Hold a shape on a spoon
- Fall off the spoon when tilted (not sticky)
- Gravies and sauces must not separate from the puree