Making it just five days before Christmas won’t give it time to mature. Merry Christmas and enjoy! Traditional Christmas pudding is the original make-ahead dessert. Just curious. This is very like the ones my Mother made in October every year, and I vividly remember the excitement of seeing that little corner of greaseproof paper sticking out of my portion of The Pudding. When you say it can be made a year in advance…how is it stored? - Apollo Box Blog, https://www.irishamericanmom.com/2011/11/15/how-to-steam-a-christmas-or-plum-pudding-in-a-crockpot/, https://www.christinascucina.com/traditional-english-individual-trifles/, Leftover Turkey Recipes – 13 Real Meal Recipes (No Soup or Sandwiches), Pear Cake (Using Whole Pears – No Peeling Necessary), Turkey Cutlets (Breaded) with Leeks and Butter Sage Sauce, Lasagna (Traditional Italian Recipe) Easy Step by Step Directions, 2 oz (1/4 c) suet (use 2 more ounces of butter if you don’t want to use suet, which is beef fat), 1 tsp mixed spice (or use 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp allspice), 6 oz (1 cup) raisins (note: I soaked my raisins in brandy, overnight), finely grated rind of one fresh orange (or lemon), juice of one fresh orange or lemon, made up to 5 oz with brandy or rum, if preferred, (optional – 3 Tbsp mixed candied peel, chopped, and 1/4 cup chopped almonds), 2 oz (1/4 c) suet (use 2 more ounces of butter if you don't want to use suet, which is beef fat), 7 oz (1 heaped cup) dark brown sugar (I used light brown sugar and added a tbsp of molasses/treacle), (optional -I omitted the following- 3 tbsp mixed candied peel, chopped, and 1/4 cup chopped almonds). You can use real suet? I portion froze it ( like I do everything) and still have some. It’s not Christmas without it! My Dad used to feed it through December, by injecting it with more brandy once a week. It's earliest forms were more savory than sweet, having been made with a mixture of meat and root vegetables. I supposed you could wrap it up to steam in the oven? It simply isn’t Christmas without Christmas Pudding! Thanks again, and Happy New Year! Please send me pics at my email address: christina (at) christinascucina.com Thank you! If the ceramic mixing bowl is oven proof then I’d say yes. I am 78 and was raised in Canada. Once the pudding has cooled re-wrap it with a double layer of foil and freeze for up to 1 year. I should make mine, too. That would be more difficult to keep it from drying out, though. Well thank you so much for the speedy reply (making it tomorrow)! Most people won't think twice about serving basic cornbread when is on the table. Do let me know how it turns out. :), You have to try Clootie Dumpling, it’s to die for . Luckstar. Another option is to have trifle for dessert. I have no idea what Christmas pudding you are referring to, I’m sorry! […] Best Traditional Christmas Desserts from Traditional British Christmas Pudding a Make Ahead Fruit. :) Very similar, but baked. I love your amazing description of this iconic British dessert and anything Brandy-filled is fine by me ;). Probably not the best thing to do in hindsight. I feel I can smell this pudding from all the way over here in Atlanta, GA! What – no silver charms or silver threepenny pieces! Then, I will have to try making my own using your recipe. One of the best parts of Christmas in England was the lighting of the Christmas pudding! I just posted a boozy Scottish trifle, but also have English trifle on my site. CC. Can’t imagine how to better it – I am a long term lover of Christmas puddings so a bit of an expert. I can remember it blazing from the brandy and how wonderful it was to eat. Sounds like a good idea, Diana. © Copyright 2020, 20 Things to Cook This Month That Have Nothing to Do With Thanksgiving, 15 Vegan Muffin Recipes for Easy Breakfasts, 15 Comfort Food Dinners That Start With Creamy Alfredo Sauce, 2-Ingredient Snacks That Are Too Easy Not to Make, Use Your Stale Bread in These Savory Bread Puddings, 13 Spiked Apple Cider Cocktails to Celebrate the Season, 15 Comfort Food Casseroles Inspired by World Cuisines, 12 Recipes to Turn Extra Chicken into Healthy Main Dish Salads, 15 Ground Beef Soup Recipes for Easy Weeknight Dinners, Ground Turkey Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals, 11 Top Chicken Casseroles That Lean to the Healthy Side, 12 Classic Italian Recipes Made Easy in the Instant Pot, this one from the British-owned brand, Mason Cash, 18 Traditional Christmas Desserts We Could Make Every Year. The dessert we've come to know as Christmas pudding (also known as plum pudding and figgy pudding) has roots dating back to English medieval times. SOOO GOOD. Then add the flour, eggs, and spices until mixed. He also would put a few dimes in the pudding and as kids we would sift through it hoping to find one. It’s October 31st and I started my first Christmas pudding! p.s. I can remember every Christmas someone sent her a pudding like this from England, complete with hard sauce. That’s the main difference. Thanks! It wasn’t in the recipe. So excited to see how it turns out. So happy to hear you loved it so much and your adaptations sound fabulous! Thank you! best. Place on a heatproof serving dish and douse with brandy. I’ve never had it before so it was fascinating to read about how to make it! :). Supposedly it is kept in the fridge and “topped up” with brandy over and over. I personally wouldn’t use one if it’s made in China due to the high lead content of most of their products. :). My question is what temperature do I cook it on? Oh my, This has evoked sweet memories for me. You really just need to make sure you’re at home to check on it. Combine sugar, butter, milk, dates, raisins, currants, mixed fruit peel, and orange zest in a large saucepan. I make one every year and your recipe looks perfect. At some point in my life, I have to make this. This sounds a lot like fruit cake. :) I haven’t done it in the microwave, my mother would shoot me! Eventually dried or candied fruits were added, giving it the name plum pudding, since "plum" was used as a generic term for dried fruit. Thanks a lot. Add comma separated list of ingredients to exclude from recipe. Add comma separated list of ingredients to include in recipe. Making the plum pudding using your recipe today; bought a Mrs Anderson’s pudding mold ( used to use a coffee can as my Welsh mum did). Place the pudding in a steamer set over a saucepan filled with simmering water. I have not had this before but am curious to try the vegetarian version. Christmas pud is usually made in the in the middle of November. Thanks again! OMG, of course it’s a trifle! WHEN THE PUDDINGS ARE COOKED I POUR BRANDY OR RUM OVER THEM THEN WRAP THEM IN CHEESE CLOTH AND TIN FOIL THEY LAST FOR YEARS. Yours looks terrific! I know the longer the better, but will it be edible if I make the pudding on the 20th to eat on the 25th? Is there anything else I should try? What type of sauce is it pictured with? Oh my! Old Scottish recipe but you can do it in the microwave now. I keep seeing so many people on the recipe and wondered why, but apparently people ARE still making it! Actually, a six … I am unable to get the official Mason Cash pudding bowl. :). Carefully light the pudding (please do this in a safe area), then when the flame extinguishes, cut and serve with brandy sauce or butter (recipes coming! Firstly your house looks gorgeous in that shot at Christmas – very welcoming, as is that Christmas pudding, Christina. Also, yes, cranberries work, but the flavor will be different than a traditional pudding. It’s too late for this year, as we leave for Europe soon, but next year for sure! :) I think you’d love it. Good luck and let me know what you do. Holding the butter in its wrapper, grate a quarter of it into the bowl, then stir everything together. It sounds good except for the alcohol. Only needed 4.5hrs steaming then did one more hour before serving (gas hob). Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. My whole family is so excited to try this out, thank you for sharing it! Thank you for sharing. Yum As soon as we were old enough to like the taste of Hard Sauce, we could have it, none of this worrying about getting your children drunk – lol! It’s 4.25 am here and probably too early for fried clootie ! Tesco Christmas puddings, that I store for a year before the Big Day ! The recipe is quite different from yours. Thanks for sharing this Christmas pudding. I also have a pic of them standing in front of their confectionery store, prob taken in the 1880’s. Christina, CHRISTINE , I SOAK MY FRUIT IN BRANDY AD RUM FOR ABOUT A WEEK I ALSO ADD THE SUET AND SPICES TO THE MIXTURE PLUS ALWAYS ADD CHERRIES BOTH RED AND GREEN IT REALLY ADDS TO THE PUDDING . Those are holly, poisonous, by the way, but a traditional topping to a Christmas pudding. If I remember right she made it in a coffee can and wrapped it in cheesecloth as she made it a couple of months before Christmas. How about a metal mixing bowl? I’ll have a nap later ? (PS – I imagine we will get a decent pudding somewhere in th UK! My mother made them and I have made them in the past, but here in the hot and sunny California Central Valley, hard suet became quite hard to find a number of years ago and butter doesn’t quite do it!
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