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Christmas Pud

13th December 2015

I’m sure its the same for almost everyone; but for my family Christmas is all about tradition. We follow the same rituals every year; we open our stockings on Mum & Dad’s bed, and then wait for Dad to have a cup of tea before we’re allowed into the lounge to see whats under the tree. Once present opening is out of the way and the turkey’s in the oven we head to meet the rest of our family at the pub for a pint before dinner.

I would be lying if I said that every year we have a lovely, calm, civilised Christmas Dinner – we don’t, its loud its hectic it’s cramped, but I love it! I seriously wouldn’t have it any other way; theres always arguments over who gets the last pig in blanket, people trading carrots with potatoes or slipping Nan their brussels sprouts, its great. After everything has been polished off, everyone pulls a pound from their pocket and places it in the middle of the table, buying themselves a portion of Christmas pud – bizarre I know but let me explain. My Nan or Auntie make the puds themselves, and there’s always a silver coin (threepenny bit or sixpence) hidden inside. The idea is that whoever finds the coin in their piece, gets to keep everyone else’s pudding money.

Usually you need to start making your Christmas Pud around September time, feeding it brandy or sherry right up to the big day. But if like me you didn’t have the foresight, here’s a quick and easy recipe, adapted slightly from one of Jamie’s, enjoy!

Christmas Pud

Christmas Pud

Christmas Pud

Christmas Pud

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of crystallised ginger diced into small chunks

1 handful of chopped nuts, optional

600g of dried mixed fruit, such as sultanas, raisins, cranberries, apricots & cherries

125g of vegetable suet

1 whole orange, zest and juice

140g of plain flour

125g of caster sugar

1 medium egg, beaten

Serves 8

Simply mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Now add the zest and juice of an orange, then the beaten egg and fold until the mixture is combined. Transfer to a well greased 1.5 litre pudding basin, and cover with two layers of foil, securing with a piece of string. Now place in a large saucepan with water halfway up the sides of the basin (this is called a bain-marie). Bring to the boil and simmer for 3 hours, regularly replacing the evaporated boiled water. Remove foil and turn out onto a plate, serve with thick custard or brandy butter cream.

You can make/cook this up to one month before Christmas and keep it in the freezer; defrost in the fridge and re-heat in a bain-marie for 1 hour before serving.

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply Ryan Dixon 13th December 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This is great, have to try this

    • Reply AaronGeorgeD 14th December 2015 at 3:49 pm

      definitely give it a go, its super easy and taste pretty good :)

  • Reply Anna 15th December 2015 at 3:37 am

    Here where I live we do something similar about the hidden coin, but we do hide it in a potato gnochi. It’s pretty cool too !
    I’ll give your recipe a try, it looks pretty good (:

    • Reply AaronGeorgeD 15th December 2015 at 9:42 am

      I’ve never heard of that before, where are you from? Thanks

      • Reply Anna 16th December 2015 at 2:17 am

        I’m from Brazil.
        Well, it’s not a tradition in the whole country, but definitely known as a great recipe for family’s dinner, specially for kids’ entertainment

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