Those of you that have been a round here for a while will know that I am a massive Christmas fan.
Part of loving Christmas for me is setting traditions for our own family. We already have a Christmas Eve box for the family that contains PJ’s all round, sweeties and a festive DVD. We also decorate christmas biscuits for Santa too.
Recently we were asked to stir up our Sunday day by Natures Finest, the UK’s number 1 potted fruit brand by tackling making a Christmas Pudding! Stir Up Sunday falls on the 26th of November this year so I thought I would get some practice in for the big Stir Up Sunday!
Now I have to say from the off, I am no chef or pudding maker as I currently document my poor food journey on notthatjaimeoliver.com However in light of trying something new we decided to give it a go!
After unpacking and weighing out our ingredients I hit my first stumbling block as I discovered I had no idea what I was doing or have the correct pudding bowl so after a meltdown to my mum on the phone (your never too old for one of those) my lovely mum headed over to mine with the correct kitchen equipment and a wealth of knowledge on what I needed to do to make a pudding!
- 2 x 400g Nature’s Finest Pitted Prunes (In juice and then drained)
- Butter for greasing
- 200g mixed dried fruit
- 150mls dark rum
- 1 Finely grated large orange
- 75g vegetarian suet
- 75g dark brown sugar
- 75g plain flour
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 50g white breadcrumbs
- 50g brazil nuts
- 1 large egg
- Chop up the nuts finely
- Half the prunes, one half blend and the other half rough chop
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well
- Take a section of baking parchment and add in a 5cm fold over in the middle
- Grease pudding bowl and one side of the baking parchment
- Place pudding mix in the bowl and then place parchment over the top and pop over an elastic band to hold it and trim the edges over overhang.
- Bring pan with water to the boil
- Add pudding to the steamer (we used an over the pan steamer) and pop on the top of the pan of boiling water
- Steam for 4 hours (make sure the pan doesn’t boil dry)
- Remove and cool for an hour before sliding out the bowl.
Im not going to lie I think my Mum saved my bacon as I got confused over how to cover the pudding but with years of helping her Dad make the Christmas pudding she came and showed me how he did his and saved the day!
After steaming for 4 hours I removed the steamer pan from the pan of boiling water and let it cool and I am absolutely thrilled with my first ever attempt at a Christmas Pudding!
Now I know what I am doing I am planning on making this a new tradition for the family each year and now I know what I am doing I will be taking part in the Stir Up Sunday on the 26th November. Will you?
Thank you Nature’s Finest for challenging me and my Mum for sharing her wisdom so I can keep sharing it with my boys.