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Thipu1

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Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:40:21 AM »
In my family, a Crosse & Blackwell plum pudding was a Christmas must.  It was always served with hard sauce.  My mother steamed it before serving.

Do you have a Christmas Pudding?


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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012, 12:09:03 PM »
Mom made her own - it was a carrot based pudding, no plums involved!  And she served it with a choice of hard sauce or brown sugar sauce.

They were steamed while they baked and then she froze them.  They were steamed again before serving.

I have the recipe but I haven't made them since she died.  I found out that no one in my family cares for it, except for me.  So now we have raspberry pie for Christmas dessert, instead.
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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2012, 02:09:00 PM »
I make my own using an adapted version of my Grandmothers recipe, served flamed with brandy custard on the side, and shots of Christmas Pudding Vodka (because in Oz you cant get enough booze at Xmas).

I blogged a version of it here ---> http://aussiefoodie.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/booze-riddled-christmas-pudding.html

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2012, 02:10:44 PM »
Mine is boiling as I type. It'll steam until I go to bed tonight, and then tomorrow it gets wrapped in greaseproof paper, ready to be resteamed on Christmas Day. I've got several recipes including one I made up myself which makes about six puddings. We always had brandy butter rather than hard sauce, but DH doesn't like it so now we have cream with orange liqueur in. I even have one of those globe moulds to make it in!

Dinner tonight we ate the last one from last year, out of the freezer. Yum.

The carrots thing isn't unusual - think carrot cake - but I suspect it may also have been a left-over from war time rationing when carrots were a quick way to sweeten something. I have several Christmas pudding recipes using carrots.

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2012, 06:12:36 PM »
I've never heard of "hard sauce" , so I googled it. It sounds like what is called brandy butter here.
   

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 06:42:05 PM »
I've heard of plum pudding but never really tried to find out what it is. I'm glad you brought it up. Based on the ingredients in the recipe I read, it sounds really good.
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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2012, 03:41:21 AM »
Our hard sauce had no alcohol in it, so that was a non-starter in our household, like Shotochick's.

There was nearly a disaster last night because I forgot to turn the cooker off before I went to bed. Fortunately I couldn't sleep, and remembered at one in the morning, just before it boiled dry.

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2012, 04:15:44 AM »
I always use Marguerite Patten's recipe in fact I really ought to get cracking on it, instead of being here on E-Hell...
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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2012, 04:40:08 AM »
A good friend of my mums always makes one for us. It's delicious and flaming it is always a highlight of the Christmas lunch.

My Grandmother used to boil her massive pudding in the old copper. Which doubled as the clothes washer.

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2012, 06:12:11 AM »
We don't have a Christmas pudding (unless cherries & ice cream counts), but we do have a Christmas tipple. Margarita punch - Margarita with lemonade and lashings of crushed ice.

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2012, 06:19:34 AM »
I've heard of plum pudding but never really tried to find out what it is. I'm glad you brought it up. Based on the ingredients in the recipe I read, it sounds really good.

It can be called Christmas pudding too.
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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2012, 06:37:57 AM »
I should make my Christmas cake soon, too.

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2012, 07:44:28 AM »
Mine's in the oven as I write, but I'm out of lemons so I'll need to get some more before I can make the pudding. I'm thinking about doing them in the slow cooker this time, but I've never tried it before and will probably end up doing them in the steamer again (I'm making two)
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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2012, 08:51:08 AM »
Did the cake last week, and I've just found a supply of last year's mincemeat! I don't really like the bought stuff, it always seems to me to have far too much fat, far too much sugar, far too little spice and far far too little brandy  ;D but year old home made? Should be fabulous. (Which is not to say that there's anything wrong with the bought stuff - just that I don't like it. In an emergency I've been known to buy a jar of a decent brand and stir in some more spices and a wallop of alcohol, and just carry on.)

By the way, last year one of the celebrity chefs, can't remember which one, recommended keeping a jar of Mixed Christmas Spice Mix by the cooker: a clean jam jar and then tip in as much as you like of allspice, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, mace, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, ground coriander, whichever spices you like in whatever proportion you like, and then using it to pep up whatever you were cooking. The suggestions were for a little bit in gravy, lots in mince pies, either added to the mincemeat or mixed into the pastry, stirred into cream and heated to make sauce either sweet or savoury, added to hot milk or hot chocolate, used to mull wine or cider... I tried it, and it's on my list to do again this year.

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Re: Plum Puddings for Christmas.
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2012, 09:39:52 AM »
I'm a relatively recent allspice fan!
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