RECIPE :: christmas pudding
(makes 4 small puddings)
There is nothing light and fluffy about this monster of a dessert. It is a very deep, rich and fruity dessert that is best served hot with thick brandy cream and a glass warmed brandy.
1 quince (peeled and grated),
50g / 2oz of dried figs (finely chopped),
50g / 2oz of un-sulphured dried apricots (finely chopped),
50g / 2oz of dried prunes (finely chopped),
50g / 2oz of fresh dates (finely chopped),
50g / 2oz of candied cherries (finely chopped),
25g / 1oz of candied stem ginger (finely chopped),
100g / 3½oz of raisins,
100g / 3½oz of sultanas,
50g / 2oz of currants,
50g / 2oz of mixed peel,
200g / 7oz of suet,
100g / 3½oz of ground almonds,
1tbsp of molasses,
200g / 7oz of dark muscovado sugar,
100g / 3½oz plain flour,
2tsp of ginger syrup (or the syrup the candied ginger is stored in),
½ tsp of cinnamon,
1½ tsp of mixed spice,
50g / 2oz of potato flour and
210ml of brandy.
||Grate the zest of the orange and lemon. Finely chop their flesh and place into a bowl.
||Combine all the ingredients (except the potato flour and brandy) with the orange and lemons.
||Combine the potato flour with the brandy and then mix it into the bowl.
||Make sure all the ingredients are mixed very thoroughly, then cover and leave overnight.
||Put the mixture into a pudding bowl, place a sheet of baking paper over the top of the bowl and attach it by tying it on with string to ensure a good seal. Wrap a dish cloth over the bowl and put into a saucepan of boiling water.
||Steam for 7 hours, topping up the water if needed.
Christmas pudding is best served with brandy cream so here is a quick brandy cream recipe.
100ml soya cream,
½ tsp of vanilla extract,
1tbsp of brandy and
fresh lemon juice.
||Combine the cream with the vanilla essence and brandy.
||Some creams thicken when lemon juice is added to them so slowly add the lemon juice a few drops at a time until it thickens like double cream. Make sure to stop before it becomes to acidic in flavour. If its to acidic go and buy a different brand of cream then try again.