Make, Bake & Serve Delicious Puddings This Christmas!

Christmas is a very special occasion and delicious food is a big part of it. Now, speaking of delicious food, let’s not forget about Traditional Christmas Puddings! You’re probably wondering how you can make a delicious pudding without spending most of your precious time. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The following easy steps are designed only for you to make two different types of puddings at home without any hassle:

01. Apple-cinnamon Bread and Butter Pudding:

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Ingredients:
•    Non sticky cooking oil spray
•    ¼ cup brown sugar
•    2/3 large apples, cored, gradually sliced
•    10 slices bread, crusts removed
•    3 cups skim milk
•    ¼ cup vanilla essence
•    3 large eggs
•    ¼ cup teaspoons grated lemon zest
•    2 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
•    1/4 cup white sugar

Making:
Set a frying pan, add brown sugar and 2 tea spoons of water until the sugar has dissolved. Pan must be set over medium heat. After that add apple slices and wait for 5 minutes until the apples get brown and pappy.
Broom eggs in a bowl and also add milk, vanilla, lemon zest, cinnamon, white sugar and whisk this mixture.
Cut bread slices into small pieces and arrange apple an alternate layer.

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Steaming:
Take a large bowl and cover the bowl tightly with greaseproof paper and foil. Carefully pour all the mixture and bake for 50 minutes to make this delicious pudding. You can use oven as well as gas. Remember, before baking, you should preheat the oven to 160°C or set the gas mark at 3.

02. Traditional Christmas pudding:

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•    130g whole wheat flour
•    130g fresh breadcrumbs
•    130g shredded suet
•    4 eggs
•    1 apple, carrot – peeled, gradually sliced
•    70g walnuts, candied mixed fruit chopped
•    90g dark brown soft sugar
•    80g almonds chopped
•    55g stem ginger in syrup, chopped
•    75g halved glace cherries, sultanas
•    50g dried currants
•    4 plums, chopped
•    2 teaspoons spice
•    4/5 teaspoon baking powder
•    130ml ale

Making:
Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients and start stirring. Stir it until the whole mixture blends completely. Do not forget to add lemon zest. After you are done stirring, you can add dry food of your choice.

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Steaming:
Take a bowl and pour the well-blended mixture in the bowl. Use greaseproof paper and foil to cover the bowl tightly. Take a large pot of boiling water and put your bowl in the pot standing on a trivet. Steam the pudding for 10 hours from medium to low heat. Then the pudding is ready to be served.
Preserving:
If you do not serve immediately then preserve the puddings in a refrigerator/ cool place. Be sure to change the greaseproof paper and foil before preserving. This way you can preserve it for up-to to 2 months.
Serving:
To serve it, get it out from a refrigerator and steam it for 3-4 hours. If you want to see the flame, take brandy or rum in a small pan and heat it enough just to make it warm and pour it all over the hot pudding and light it. Now serve your home made delicious pudding with brandy butter.

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Healthy traditional Christmas puddings can draw extra attention at your Christmas party. There are other ways to make Christmas pudding, just make sure you preserve them carefully. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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The Wonder that is Gourmet Pudding

Often, people that have tasted gourmet pudding end up reliving the tasty memories. Many families, in fact, have a tradition of making their own gourmet puddings; such a tradition is usually passed down from generation to generation.

However, several people have often regarded gourmet as something that is very difficult to make; they often see it as a recipe that is best left to professionals and the able hands of smiling chefs in fancy restaurants. Gourmet puddings are time consuming to make, so we have done it all for you! Just like Grandma used to.

Gourmet Pudding

Gourmet Pudding

Be they crunchy, creamy, chocolate, or fruity gourmet puddings, gourmet puddings can always turn any event, gathering, or family dinner around for better. They always have a subtle way of making everybody feel at home.

True to the saying that “the proof of the pudding is in its taste”, At very affordable prices ours include free range eggs, Australian Dried Fruits, Apples and Oranges direct from the growers and bread comes from the local baker and is crumbed by us! Our Puddings are superb not only for Christmas, but also for any other special occasion.

How to Prepare Tasty Steamed Puddings

There is hardly anyone who doesn’t like puddings, no matter whatever country’s s/he belongs to. And among them steamed pudding is very famous in Great Britain, Europe. This steamed pudding has a long and respected history, because of its YUMMY!  taste.

These steamed puddings are denser than most of the usual baked pudding. And they are being served with various sauces, including, chocolate, lemon, butterscotch, and other different kinds of sauce. Using these sauces add an extra taste to the steamed puddings flavour. These steamed puddings were originated in Great Britain, and have a base of Flour, cereal, with butter, sugar, or honey. These steamed pudding can be of different types; Savoury, Dessert.

Steamed Pudding

Steamed Pudding

The most famous steamed pudding is the English Christmas pudding. This steamed pudding is made with flour and bread crumbs, several eggs, and sugar. Later some candid fruits like raisins, plumbs, or cherries are used to increase the taste. And one can add different kinds of nuts, to make it tastier. Chocolate pudding is another favourite pudding of all time. This steamed pudding is quiet easy to make. All you need is chocolate, butter, flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, egg, caster sugar, milk with added vanilla essence. You just need 1 hour 30 minutes to cook this chocolate steamed pudding.

There is one kind of Savoury pudding that most of the people is familiar with, whether they have prepared it or not, is steak and kidney pie, a favourite lunch in Great Britain. This pudding is made by putting together diced steak and beef, and lamb’s or pig’s kidney pieces in gravy pastry. This type of pudding most of the time contains mushrooms in addition with other kind of herbs.

Another type of steamed pudding is sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce. For you to try this Yummy! Steamed pudding at home, the ingredients and preparation method to serve 10 people is shared:

Ingredients:

For the Pudding:

·         250g pitted dates

·         300ml water

·         1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

·         60g butter

·         2/3 cup caster sugar

·         3 large eggs

·         1 1/4 cups (185g) self-raising flour

For the Butterscotch Sauce:

·         1 cup (220g) brown sugar

·         125g butter

·         375ml thickened cream

·         1 tsp vanilla essence

 

Preparation method

Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes

For the Pudding:

1. Combine the dates and water in a medium saucepan; bring it to the boil. Stir in the soda. Remove from the heat.

2. Cream the butter and sugar in a food processor; add eggs, one at a time. Add the date mixture and process for 10 seconds. Add the flour; process for 20 seconds or until just combined.

3. Grease a 1.5 litre (6-cup) pudding basin. Pour the mixture into the basin. Cover the pudding with a greased piece of wax paper or foil and then the lid.

4. Put the bowl inside a covered steamer with boiling water coming halfway up the sides of the basin. Boil for 1.25 to 1.5 hours.

For the Butterscotch Sauce:

5. Combine the sugar, butter, cream and essence in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until smooth.

6. Serve the pudding drizzled with the sauce.

You should definitely try making all these yummy steamed puddings at your home. But do use the best quality ingredients, always. And you can always get different kind of pudding sauces at some well known, reliable pudding stores.

How to Make Your Christmas Meal One to Remember

Christmas is one of the most celebrated times of the year. People are generally excited and make grandiose plans that often prevent them from remembering the simple and most important details of the season. Christmas cooking is one of the most important activities that people are involved in, and yet despite its importance, many approach the task with fear and trepidation, unsure how to impress their visitors and families. It is understandable as this time of year we may be cooking for over ten people and this logistical nightmare is one that we may not encounter at any other time of the year.

The truth about Christmas is that more often than not, families and friends will prefer lighter foods and desserts during Christmas. This is because the general state of excitement forces a natural inclination towards lighter instead of heavier foods.

In order to avoid embarrassments, and also save your declining energy as the day goes by, it is important that you stick to simplicity when it comes to the display of your culinary skills. Your families and friends will then be able to truly enjoy your meal and will no doubt compliment your accomplishments.

One top tip is to prepare what you can the night before. The Christmas stuffing can be prepared, the Turkey could even go in overnight. Any preparation that can be done should be done. This will dramatically relieve the stress and pressure on the day.

If you have ever heard the saying “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”-then you should have no excuse not to know what it means for your Christmas. Homemade or locally made puddings are one of the best ways of finishing the meal with real panache. Serving a well made chocolateor a traditional plum pudding, can be an exciting experience. You could even use brandy and bring the pudding in flaming to the awe of your family and guests. Dining is all about the experience. Anything exciting or different will enhance the mood and atmosphere.

Other Christmas additions that can add flavor and increase smiles are devilled eggs, seasoned mashed potatoes, apple pie, and mince pies. Don’t forget to have plenty of custard and to whip the cream yourself.

The whole essence of Christmas is to bring together families and friends, whether it is just the nuclear family or also the extended ones that live far and wide – Christmas is to bring great memories for everybody, and the food that is served can go a long way in forcing or inspiring those memories. In the spirit of the day it can be a good idea to ask guests in advance if there is any particular food they enjoy. This can help you to ensure that everyone is catered for to their tastes.

The next time Christmas arrives make sure you make it a memorable one for your family. If you have less time and culinary skills, just keep it simple and buy good ingredients; and don’t forget the plum pudding.