Traditionally Christmas Pudding is served on Christmas day but made weeks in advance and fed regularly with alcohol which allows the flavours to develop. Why don't you try to bring in this tradition to your home and make a Christmas Pudding. Make it a few weeks in advance! Alternatively you can buy one from the grocery store. Here is a recipe on how to make your own:
Preparation time: 1-2 hours/Cooking time: over 2 hours/Serves 6-8
- 225g/8oz golden caster sugar
- 225g/8oz vegetarian suet
- 340g/12oz sultanas
- 340g/12oz raisins
- 225g/8oz currants
- 110g/4oz candied peel, chopped
- 110g/4oz plain flour
- 110g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs
- 55g/2oz flaked almonds
- 1 lemon, zest only
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 1 evel tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 level tsp mixed spice
- 5g/1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum
- Lightly grease 2x1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basins (glass bowl.
- Mix all the dry ingredients and stir in the eggs and brandy and mix well.
- Spoon the mix into basins. Put a circle of baking paper and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.
- Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary. If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before.
- Cool. Change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.
- To serve: steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or homemade custard.