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How long should one steam a two pint Christmas pudding?

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twelveyeargap Wed 12-Aug-09 14:09:59

My mum gave me a recipe, but only gave pressure cooker (1.5hrs) and bain-marie (3.5hrs) cooking times.

I've used plastic pudding basins and don't have a pressure cooker, so I need to steam in a pot of water. Any ideas on times? Does it really need 8 hours as I've read on the net?

I have 13 pints (I'm not sure how that happend - puds as presents this year me thinks) of pudding in various pudding basin sizes. Presume the 1/2 pint puds would need considerably less time than the 2 pints?


PlasticWoman Wed 12-Aug-09 14:20:15

I tend to use a Delia Smith recipe for my Christmas puds, and she definitely says to do 8 hours for a 2 pinter. Her 1 pint puds I think are only 4 hours. It's a long, steamy process..

PuppyLoves Wed 12-Aug-09 14:22:25

Are you making Christmas puddings now? Should I start making mine now if I want one for christmas?

twelveyeargap Wed 12-Aug-09 14:41:30

I think November is the traditional time for making them. I haven't made them before so mum made up the mixture here with me a couple of days ago when she was visiting. I just added some Guinness and am doing the nasty steamy bin on my own!

Thanks for the time guides. Thankfully only have 2 large ones... So does it work that you halve the time if you halve the mixture? eg
2 pints = 8 hours
1.5 pint = 6 hours
1 pint = 4 hours
0.5 pint = 2 hours

PlasticWoman Wed 12-Aug-09 16:02:13

It doesn't quite work out like that with timings - there seems to be a minimum for Delia's recipe of three hours whatever the size. In her traditional Christmas pudding recipe, she says the quantity makes one 2 pinter, or eight 6oz (175g) mini puds, but that the small ones still need 3 hours.

However, I've seen other recipes where they steam for less; myself, I've only ever made this one (for the last 15 years or so) because I like it so much!

twelveyeargap Wed 12-Aug-09 16:06:57

OK great. Will do all the little 'uns for 3 hours. Thanks again.

Colonelcupcake Thu 13-Aug-09 23:37:13

I do 3 hrs now and 2 on the day for the 1.5 ones I have made mine now yummy

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