Hi there, whats your best recipe for an authentic pudding? I'm looking for the quantities needed for a 4 pint pudding basin. I dont mind if theres a slight twist in the recipe - I just want ultimate taste as this is the first year I'm making one and want to make it a good one!!!
yes, thats the recipe Ive been looking at SoupDragon, I have a couple of her books and her recipes have always turned out well when Ive attempted them. The figs and blueberries recipe? Is it very figgy and sweet? I know that sounds strange but my DH is fussy and was more into a traditional recipe idea which is why I asked. He was worried he wouldnt like it.
It is delicious. Less heavy than a traditional pudding. Even the people who didn't like christmas pudding said this was nice.
I made a few amendment. Off the top of my head I couldn't tell you what though! Extra fruit probably and I used brandy instead of (I think) coffee liqueur as this seemed more traditional and my mum doesn't like coffee flavoured things.
i need to make a christmas pud this year as my dd loves it but has citrus allergy and all shop ones have citrus in. i need ot find a recipe which either doesnt have citrus fruits in, or leave them out of a recipe and hope it comes out ok.
I have made my pud already, we always make it on the weekend of DS's birthday (which was last week) i use a book handed down to me thorugh the family, its by Margurite Patten its uber old but the recipes are sound, i do add a 'special' ingredient though. (top secret) i will now put a tbsp of Rum over it every 2 weeks untill xmas when DP will set it on fire.
I have also done my Mincemeat and will do my Chrimbo Cake in a couple of weeks time.
NonconformistChristmaspudding NOTE: THIS SERVES twelve so adjust as necessary.
300g dried figs 175g dried blueberries 225g currants (I use blueberries, cranberries and sultanas, totalling a little more than the blueberries + currants) 150ml coffee liqueur (I use brandy though) 175g unsalted butter 100g breadcrumbs 100g ground almonds 50g cocoa 100g plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 150g soft dark brown sugar 2 decent sized eating apples 3 large eggs 1 x 142ml pot sour cream 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I am heavy handed with this!) 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg ) I am heavy handed with the spices 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ) particularly the cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional - I've never put it in) coins or charms
Butter a 2.5l or 3l heatproof plastic pudding basin and lid (I use ceramic though and seal it with foil!)
Chop the figs in a food processor and put into a bowl with the other dried fruit and the liqueur/brandy. Leave to soak overnight.
Put the breadcrumbs, ground almonds, cocoa, flour, baking powder, bicarb and sugar into another bowl and mix.
Peel, core and quarter the apples and bung them in the unwashed figgy food processor. and chop them. Tip them into the dry ingredients with the dried fruit. I tip the brandy from the dried fruit into the food processor and then add the softened butter, eggs, sour cream, vanilla and spices and blitz them together. Pour this into the other bowl, scraping it all off the sides of the processor bowl.
Add your clean coins (soak them in cola overnight!), stir it all together and make a wish
Pour into the prepared bow, cover and steam for 4 hours (in a steamer or in a large saucepan of boiling water with a lid on top. check water levels regularly)
Take the pudding out of the pan carefully and leave to cool and set. Leave to mellow and mature (and I tip a bit more brandy on to feed it a few weeks before Christmas!).
ON Christmas day, put it on to steam for at least 1.5 hours although the longer you steam it, the denser and stickier it gets.
Unmould it (I've never got it out without leaving the very top in the bottom of the bowl!) and stick some holly on top. Warm 125ml vodka and pour over the pud at the table before setting light to it. Vodka burn better than brandy apparently.
I microwave it, although I can't for the life of me remember for how long and Nigella doesn't say. Long enough for it to be warm and giving off fumes (this is what ignites) but not so long it explodes in the microwave