How To Make Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding is a traditional dessert served during the holiday season. It’s a rich, fruity and aromatic pudding that is usually steamed or boiled. Making Christmas pudding at home is a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday celebrations. Here’s a guide on how to make Christmas pudding from scratch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, sultanas)
  • 4 oz. candied peel
  • 4 oz. suet (vegetable or beef)
  • 4 oz. breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz. plain flour
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup stout or dark beer
  • 1/2 cup brandy or rum
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mixed dried fruit, candied peel, suet, breadcrumbs, flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and brown sugar.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, stout or dark beer, brandy or rum, and lemon and orange zest and juice.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well until everything is combined.
  4. Grease a 2-quart pudding basin with butter and pour the mixture into the basin.
  5. Cover the basin with a double layer of buttered greaseproof paper and a layer of foil, then secure the edges with string.
  6. Place the basin in a large pot or steamer and add enough water to come halfway up the sides of the basin.
  7. Cover the pot or steamer with a lid and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the pudding steam for 6-8 hours, checking occasionally and adding more water if needed.
  8. Once the pudding is cooked, remove it from the pot or steamer and let it cool completely. Store it in a cool, dry place until Christmas Day.
  9. To serve, reheat the pudding by steaming it for 2-3 hours, then invert it onto a plate and decorate it with holly or other festive decorations.

Once your Christmas pudding is ready, let it cool and store it in a cool, dry place until Christmas day. On the day, you can reheat it by steaming it again for about two hours. Serve with brandy butter or a dollop of whipped cream for a deliciously festive dessert that everyone will love. Don’t forget to make a wish before you start eating – it’s a Christmas tradition!

Making your own Christmas pudding is a wonderful way to create a festive atmosphere in your home. It may seem like a lot of work, but the end result is well worth it. Follow these steps and enjoy a delicious and satisfying Christmas pudding with your family and friends.

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