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Which christmas pudding recipe do you 'swear' by

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GoldenSunset Fri 11-Sep-09 13:09:23

I have just ordered my pudding bowls from Lakeland so all I need is a traditonal yummy recipe and I will be able to make my first ever christmas pudding - yay!

Share your recipes!

GoldenSunset Fri 11-Sep-09 17:21:33

Someone must have one they love

Spookster Tue 15-Sep-09 18:41:34

Bumping as I am desperte for a recipe as well

oopsacoconut Tue 15-Sep-09 18:43:16

I use my dad's variation of Mrs Beetons christmas pud - the fruit soaks in Amaretto liquor for 10 days. mmmmmmm

Will dig it out if you like.

Spookster Tue 15-Sep-09 18:52:27

Sounds lovely opps, I would love it please!

oopsacoconut Tue 15-Sep-09 20:38:31

Here you go!

I get 2 or 3 medium sized puddings out of it.

Papa’s Christmas pudding
8 oz chopped suet
8 oz breadcrumbs
2 oz of plain flour
8 oz raisins
8 oz sultanas
4 oz currants
4 oz candied peel - Cut your own or use ready cut
half a grated nutmeg
half an ounce of mixed spice
half an ounce of ground cinnamon
1 gill of milk (about a quarter pint of milk)
1 wineglassful of AMARETTO (optional)
2 oz desiccated coconut or shredded almonds
Rind of 1 lemon plus juice
4 eggs
pinch of salt

Cover dried fruit in amaretto and leave to soak in a covered bowl for 10 days.
Finely shred the mixed peel; peel and chop the lemon rind.
Put all the dry ingredients (including drained soaked fruit) in a basin and mix well Add the milk, stir in the eggs one at a time, add the amaretto and the strained juice of a lemon.
Work the whole thoroughly for some minutes, so that the ingredients are all well blended.
Put the mixture in a well greased or floured pudding cloth.
Boil the plum pudding for 4 hours or steam for at least 5 hours. Sufficient for 8 or 9 persons

It is delicious and we have last years sitting waiting for us - I pour a little amaretto onto the puds post steaming and leave them to mature for 4-6 week before eating. Althoug the longer you can leave them the better.

oopsacoconut Tue 15-Sep-09 20:39:31

it should say covered bowl in the fridge - or the ferment!

Spookster Tue 15-Sep-09 21:31:20

Thanks oops, sounds great - can't wait to make it. How long do you steam it for on the day you eat it?

BuildABurger Tue 15-Sep-09 21:40:45

I madethis Rachel Allen recipe last year (from Delicious magazine) and it was fabulous - even if I say so myself! I don't usually eat Christmas pud as I don't like the heaviness, but this was lovely, and got compliments from all that tried it smile.

oopsacoconut Tue 15-Sep-09 21:42:13

Steaming depends on the pudding size - about an hourand a half for a meduim one. Dad is a heathen and microwaves his for 5 mins shock

Spookster Wed 16-Sep-09 17:59:22

shock at microwaving it after al that effort with making it!

Thanks for the recipe buildaburger, looks very tasty!

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