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Recipe for Christmas Pudding

Makes 3 medium-sized pudding basins. Adjust quantities accordingly
  • 225g (8oz) soft brown sugar
  • 350g (12oz) currants
  • 700g (1½ lbs) raisins
  • Grated rind and juice of an orange
  • Grated rind and juice of a lemon
  • A grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • ¼ bottle of brown ale or stout
  • 350g (12oz) suet
  • 175g (6oz) skinned almonds
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 4fl oz brandy or rum
  • 350g (12oz) white breadcrumbs

Cut almonds into bit-sized pieces. Make breadcrumbs. Mix all the dry ingredients well then add the eggs, the zest and juice of the orange and lemon, beer and lastly the brandy. This should now be quite moist. Leave overnight covered with a wet tea towel to stop the moisture evaporating. In the morning comes the ritualistic "stir-up" by every member of the family - each wishing in secret. Cut out a small circle of parchment paper and place in the bottom of the basin. Put the mixture into the pudding basin(s), leaving ¾in from the top. Cover with parchment paper then foil tied down with string. Put into a pan with boiling water to come half way up the bowl, put lid on the pan and bring back to the boil and simmer for 30 mins, then transfer to a simmering oven to slowly steam away for six hours or longer. To store until Christmas, take off the foil and greaseproof and replace with new. On Christmas Day, bring to the boil in water as before, cover and simmer for two hours. Turn out on to a large enough plate to be able to pour over previously warmed brandy. Serve with your preference - brandy butter or thick cream. If you want to put in money this must be done ONLY just before the final boil on Christmas morning. Remove the cold pudding from the bowl, well wrap the money in foil and poke into the sides and top of the pudding and return to the bowl. Only silver can be used, never copper as the acid from the fruit will be disastrous.

              

Farm Shops near London

The following farm shops in London sell ingredients used in Christmas Pudding:

Greenstead Farm Shop - Farm Shop near London

Greenstead Farm Shop

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Our farm shop offers you a fantastic array of local goods. This includes fresh, local produce, meats...


Summerhill Farm shop - Farm Shop near London

Summerhill Farm shop

Bedford, Bedfordshire

We have our own rare-breed British White beef from a small herd on the Southill Estate - the cattle ...


Farmers Markets near London

The following farmers markets in London sell ingredients used in Christmas Pudding:

Callander Farmers Market - Farmers Market near London

Callander Farmers Market

Callander, Stirling

Callander Farmers Market is conveniently placed at the Station Road Car Park, behind the Dreadnou...


Cairndow and Loch Fyne Farmers Market - Farmers Market near London

Cairndow and Loch Fyne Farmers Market

Cairndow, Argyll & Bute

Seafood lovers will warm to this farmers market as it is located right by the famous Loch Fyne Re...