Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas pudding

Probably because we are missing Christmas at home I decided to attempt my mother-in-law's traditional Christmas pudding this year. It is part of the day that we always look forward to.

First time making it and I attempt it in Tanzania!!

110 gms plain flour
110 gms fresh breadcrumbs
225 gms butter
225 gms brown sugar
pinch of salt
5 eggs
700 gms dried fruit,  ie. sultanas, currants, raisins and some peel (quantities can vary, as long as the total is the same)
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon carb soda
a good slosh of brandy - I used the whole bottle Sylvia
Soak fruit in brandy (for quite a long time--can be days).

* Have large pot of water boiling on the stove.
 * Cream butter and sugar.
   Beat in eggs, one at a time.
   Stir in the fruit and brandy.
   Add all other ingredients.
   Mix well with wooden spoon.

*  Prepare white cotton cloth---dust with some flour which will coat the mixture as it cooks. - note to self: use a white cloth next time
*  Place the mixture in centre of cloth and tie up tightly with string.

* Boil 6 hours   Never allow the water to go off the boil. This is the part when you need to be near the stove to top up the pot with a supply of boiling water as quite a lot may evaporate during cooking. (Don't top up with water that is less than boiling.)
*  Hang pudding up to dry in airy spot until  Christmas Day.

*  On Christmas Day boil a further 3 hours as before serving.

It smells really good. We are looking forward to trying it tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. That Christmas pudding looks REALLY good. Awesome....... And a whole bottle of brandy!!!!! I know, I know, it was just a small bottle!!

    Photos in the earlier blog are terrific!

    May you all have a blessed and joyful Christmas

    With Love from Mike and Nowell.