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Christmas pudding - urgent!!

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TellMeStraight Fri 21-Oct-16 18:42:32

About to soak the fruit.

Brandy, or Port? Or both?

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Fri 21-Oct-16 18:44:04

Brandy

DonkeyOaty Fri 21-Oct-16 18:44:55

Brandy

MothersGrim Sun 23-Oct-16 14:19:11

Does anyone have a nice recipe for me?

LoveAfternoonTea Sun 23-Oct-16 14:21:04

Delia Smith. Make hers every year with great success.

OdinsLoveChild Sun 23-Oct-16 14:27:34

Brandy definitely and feed it with cherry brandy over the next few weeks.

mothersgrimm try this very old recipe. It's had very good reviews over the years and I'm making it this year for the first time after making nigellas before.
grow-our-own.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Eliza-Actons-Christmas-pudding-from-1845-27-11-12.pdf

OdinsLoveChild Sun 23-Oct-16 15:25:27

Sorry I meant feed your cake not puddings with cherry brandy over the next few weeks unless you like them really boozy. blush

roseteapot101 Sun 23-Oct-16 15:48:20

huh fascinating i wonder why my mother always used dark rum then lol

Northernlurker Sun 23-Oct-16 15:59:54

I use a family recipe which involves stout rather than brandy.

LaChatte Sun 23-Oct-16 18:00:52

I use Delia's every other year (replace suet with butter though, still keeps for over a year). I improvise with dry fruit, a handful of cranberries is quite nice.

reallybadidea Sun 23-Oct-16 18:03:50

I use stout, rum and barley wine as in the Delia recipe. Always comes out really nicely. Can also recommend using the slow cooker to steam it, much easier than on the stove.

Stitchosaurus Sun 23-Oct-16 19:01:08

Another vote for the Delia recipe!

Paddington68 Sun 23-Oct-16 19:22:03

St Delia of the not great cook, every time.

LaChatte Sun 23-Oct-16 19:22:03

Oh and I use champagne (well, sparking white wine anyway) in place of the stout.

MothersGrim Sun 23-Oct-16 20:18:47

Is now the right time to make it or am I already too late?!

reallybadidea Sun 23-Oct-16 20:26:48

Not too late! Stir up Sunday in November is traditional, although I do mine when I'm off work with the kids in the summer holidays smile

LaChatte Mon 24-Oct-16 08:33:20

I've always made mine around Halloween time. I think you need at least three weeks for it to mature.

IssyStark Mon 24-Oct-16 21:48:08

After having an accident when steaming and running the puddings and the pan, I now steam my puddings in the oven: 160degC, basins in roasting tin half full with hot water and covered in tinfoil.

Emus Mon 24-Oct-16 22:00:26

I make the Delia pudding and cook in the slow cooker exactly like Reallybadidea. Really quite easy. I've made two in the past week which is super organised for me!

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