Just following recipes without question can lead to over-catering.
Granted, the recipe for Nigel Slater's scrummy figgy puddings is for two medium-sized puds is to serve eight each, but when I'd weighed out all the ingredients, they filled two bowls which were twice the size of the pudding bowls.
Now, let's just take a moment here, I have previous for lack of volumetic awareness – there was the emptying of the bean bag contents into a small box incident. I'm still finding the damned things all over the place.
Somethig must have gone wrong somewhere. The two medium puddings have become four, with four mini puds to spare. As Noel would say, result!