Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas part 2: More pudding

The last post I wrote had the Asda & Leith's recipe for their Extra Special Christmas pudding. This post is Mark's mums recipe. Which is just as good. We made it together last year - which was actually when I wrote and scheduled this post initially. However, technology and I having the somewhat strained relationship that we do, it vanished. Yes, vanished. From my scheduler. And then in August it turned up again. No, I have no idea either. 

So Christmas pudding - actually there's a lot of similarity between this and the Asda recipe, this one is done in old money, and has a shorter initial steam. But this post is all about the pictures

 Christmas Pudding

4oz flour
2oz breadcrumbs
1tsp sweet mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
4oz suet
4ox brown sugar
4oz grated apple
1 small grated carrot
4oz cherries
2 eggs
4ox currants
4oz sultanas
8oz raisins
2oz of prunes or dates
4oz ground almonds
Grated zest half lemon
Grated zest half orange
Juice half lemon
1tbsp golden syrup
1tbsp black treackle
1/4 pint brandy

Cream together the butter and sugar, add the egg and syrup & treacle
Fold in the flour, spices, suet, apple, carrot and breadcrumbs
Add the fruit, ground almonds and brandy
Leave to stand overnight

In the morning:

Stir - wishing hard
Spoon the mixture into greased 1 pint pudding basins
Cover the top with a layer of greaseproof paper
Top that with a flour and water lid
Cover with a double layer of foil, and a layer of greaseproof paper that you've greased. 
Pleat these together and tie around the pudding with string

Steam in a large pan (put the basin on an upturned saucer) for 6-8 hours - top up the water as necessary

Remove the pudding and leave to cool
Remove the wet covers and re-cover with new, dry covers. 

Store in a cool dry place
Re-steam for 2-3 hours on Christmas morning

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