Sunday, December 04, 2011

How to make a Xmas pudding

We went and helped my father-in-law make the annual Xmas puddings today.  He makes 2 each year - one to eat at our family Xmas lunch, and the other to divide between the families.  This was our 1st time at helping him.

He has two gigantic bowls that are the traditional pudding mixing bowls.

Cream butter and brown sugar, add eggs, brandy, breadcrumbs & mixed fruit.  Try really hard to stir it but hand over to Mum because its getting pretty stiff.

Add flour, bicarb soda and mixed spice.

Line a bowl with the boiled pudding cloth, and cling wrap.  Spoon in the mixture.

Tie tightly.

Boil in the copper for 6 - 7 hrs, turning every hour.  Then hang for a few more hours to drain.
While waiting, clean up the cooking utensils :)


Suji said...

LOL, that last step is my favorite one. And like B, not with soap and water!

Libby said...

What a great experience for you and Billy. I learnt to make my Granny's shortbread many years ago now and am now the family maker.

jugglingpaynes said...

That's pretty neat, I've never seen pudding made before. Thank you for sharing the process!

Our family tradition is Christmas cookies. I haven't even started yet, this year has been so busy!

Peace and Laughter!

Kez said...

Cristina - I'm very excited - I got an email yesterday to say that your book has been shipped to me! Can't wait until it arrives!!