Can’t believe it’s this time of the year again!!! Trying not to focus on the inevitable but if you have the inclination to make a Christmas pud now is the time to focus. This is my mum’s recipe. I am unsure of its exact origin. I’m pretty sure it’s been tweaked over the years. but one fact I can testify to is that it’s probably one of he best Christmas puddings you will ever taste! It has been tried and tested for at least….
….well, maybe I shouldn’t disclose the exact timeline but suffice to say it has proved itself.
This recipe is as it appears in mums notes.
Clodagh’s Christmas pud.
- Half pound of butter
- Half pound of brown sugar
- Half pound of raisins
- Half pound of sultanas 4oz.
- Mixed peel 4ozs. Cherries
- Half teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
- Juice and grated rind of one orange
- 3.ozs. Breadcrumbs
- One and half oz. Flour
- 2ozs. Chopped almonds
- 1 Apple peeled and chopped
- 4 tablespoons rum or brandy
Grease a 2lb and a 1lb pudding bowl. Mix together the prepared fruit. Cream the butter and sugar until white and fluffy. Mix the orange and lemon juice and rum or brandy with the beaten egg. And add gradually to the creamed mixture beating well. Fold in the breadcrumbs, the sieved flour, salt and mixed spice. Stir in the fruit mixture, cover and leave overnight. Stir the mixture before turning it into the prepared pudding bowls. Cover with greaseproof paper. And tinfoil. Steam as follows; 1lb -4 hours 2lb.-7 hours
When cold recover with fresh greaseproof and store in a dry place.
Just reading that recipe makes me tired… If you really want to follow it and you love Christmas pudding it’s fabulous! Note: You can substitute gluten free breadcrumbs and flour without changing the end result in terms of flavour.
If you have the time and the inclination this is the recipe for you. (if not, and you’re a Galwegian, I believe McCambridges do a mean substitute). Yvonne will verify that!
If anything is unclear please don’t hesitate to ask… I will consult mum and get back to you.