In the UK, Christmas pudding is a unique dessert that’s traditionally served over the festive period.
Its origins date all the way back to the 14th century when Christmas pudding or ‘frumenty’ was eaten as a savory dish with beef and mutton.
Today, it’s a sweet dish filled with dried fruit, aromatic spices, and rich brandy or beer.
Use this traditional Christmas pudding recipe to make a festive dessert that’s bursting with deep, hearty flavors. Take note: this dish is prepared and cooked over two days.
- 200g (7oz.) currants
- 200g (7oz.) sultanas
- 200g (7oz.) raisins (chopped)
- 100g (3½ oz.) mixed peel (candied orange and lemon rind)
- 200g (7oz.) breadcrumbs
- 200g (7oz.) demerara sugar
- 200g (7oz.) shredded suet
- 1 lemon (rind and juice only)
- 100g (3½ oz.) almonds
- 200g (7oz.) plain flour
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of dried nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of dried cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
- 3 eggs
- 27ml (1/2 pint) of flat beer or stout
- In a large bowl, combine the currants, raisins, sultanas and mixed peel.
- Add the shredded suet, grated lemon rind (without juice), and sugar. Stir until thoroughly mixed together.
- Remove the skin from the almonds by blanching. Pour boiling water directly on top of the almonds and set aside for 2-3 mins. After, the skins should slip off easily. Chop and add to the fruit mixture.
- In a separate bowl, combine the nutmeg, cinnamon, mixed spice and flour. Beat the eggs and add them to the bowl. Add the lemon juice and flat beer.
- Combine the flour-egg mixture with the fruits and other ingredients in the other bowl. Set aside. Leave overnight.
- Grease a 1.4 liter (2½ pint) pudding tin or basin with butter. Spoon in the pudding mixture but only until three-quarters full.
- Place a piece of grease-proof paper over the open side of the basin. Using string, tie the paper onto the basin, making sure to seal the sides. Create a tight seal but leave some room underneath for the pudding to rise into. If you struggle, add a piece of tinfoil to create a tighter seal.
- Boil a large pan of water. As it starts to warm, place an upturned, heatproof saucer on the bottom. This will prevent your pudding basin from cracking while cooking.
- Place the basin in the pan, taking care to balance it on the saucer. The water should reach halfway up the sides of the basin. It should not reach high enough to wet the paper lid.
- If you’re making one large pudding, steam on a low heat for up to 8 hours. If making two smaller puddings, steam for up to 6 hours.
- During the first 30 mins, do not open the basin lid. This can cause the pudding to collapse. After this, check the pudding periodically by inserting a knife. If it comes out clean, the pudding is ready. Don’t forget to top up the water as the pudding steams.
- When cooked, set aside to cool.
- Store in a cool, dry area until ready to eat. Place back in a makeshift steamer (follow the same cooking process) and reheat for up to two hours.
- Serve with brandy butter for an authentic Christmas experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Christmas Pudding
- When should you make a Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding should be made two or three days prior to Christmas Day. This will ensure that the pudding is complete and get the flavors and texture to be enjoyed on the main day of Christmas.
- What does Christmas pudding taste like?
Christmas pudding is exotic in taste. It is a mixture of dry fruits along with butter and spices. The mixture is baked to the right point which gives the softness to the bread.
- How long does Christmas pudding last?
Is Christmas pudding is stored in a cool place and is deep-frozen, then it can be stored to A period of 2 years. During the time of use, the pudding can be heated in an oven for a period of 2 hours and then consumed.
- Can you overcook Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding should not be over overcooked as it loses its texture and taste. Also, there are chances that the pudding becomes hard enjoying so it will be difficult for the people to consume.
- What is the difference between a fruit cake and Christmas pudding?
The major difference which is found in the fruit cake and the pudding is because of the way in which it is being prepared by the people or the chef. Xmas pudding is a steamed suet pudding while on the other hand a fruit cake is made by baking a mixture of dry fruits and butter along with other spices in oven.
- How many times can I reheat Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding can be reheated Only Twice but the maximum case can be heated only thrice. This is because reheating results in the deterioration of food quality.
Christmas pudding is an all-time favorite for Xmas celebrations. I have shared the authentic recipe which I use every year.
In fact, my family like this pudding at any time. I have given all the steps in full details and if you still have any issues in cooking this, then you can ask me in the comments section.
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