Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Pudding ...

(big pudding in saucepan and baby pudding ready for steaming (2 hours)
Every year at Christmas, I enjoy eating Mum's Christmas Pudding, with hot custard and a bit of cream.  Every year I wish I could have a bit more!  To remedy this and so I can enjoy little bits of pudding through January, February, March etc, I made my own.
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 The recipe is on the box of Tandaco Suet Mix - the very recipe Mum has used for probably 60 years.  It is very easy to make but requires steaming for 5 hours on the stove.
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 And  et voila!  One perfect pudding - it smells soooo good ... now, will it come out of the basin?
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 Perfect! I popped it back in again, covered tightly with foil then replaced the snap on lid.  Now it is at the back of my fridge, until Christmas nears... I hope I can resist! The only variation to the recipe was that I mascerated the dried fruit (and I added a small bag of glace cherries too) in 1/2 a cup of brandy (not 1/4) for a week beforehand, stirring daily.  This really plumped up the fruit and it smelled divine.  It makes a big pudding and in this case, my basin was a tad small so I made a tiny one in a little spring form tin so that is an added bonus!  That wee one is tucked away in the freezer.
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Give this recipe a go - it's a never fail one!
Cheers - Joolz

8 comments:

  1. mmm, yum sounds good, maybe next year I will get my act together and make one.

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  2. Everything looks delicious as usual. I'm sure I gain weight reading your blog! Would you please post or email me the cherry shortbread recipe...pretty please?

    have a wonderful week,
    Niki

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  3. You did a great job Joolz, looks perfect. Mmmm, I can taste pudding and custard now...yum!

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  4. That looks SOOOOO good! I've got my fruit cake fruit soaking as we speak and usually use an old Women's Weekly recipe for the pud but yours looks so worth a go!

    I'd also like the cherry shortbread recipe! They look excellent.

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  5. I have my great grandmother's fruit cake recipe, but it calls for huge amounts and makes 5 cakes! It recommends pouring a cup of whiskey over each cake and declares that it "will drive away the blues"! My hubby's family are from England and my sister-in-law has the family recipe for the Brain Christmas pudding. Perhaps someday when I retire I will get ambitious and will attempt to make it. Eldest daughter and I do LOVE fruitcake and have a nibble every morning in the weeks before Christmas! Years ago I made a golden fruitcake--very delicious with dried apricots and cherries--I think I will make it this weekend!
    V
    P.S. Those cherry shortbreads are beautiful. Granddaughter Julia and I will have to make those for sure!

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  6. Oh I can smell that from here, what a beauty and good on you for carrying on your Mum's tradition. I've just put my fruit to soak for our Christmas cake today, yes, better late than never!!!
    xx

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