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:
• 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
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.
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:
• 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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