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Easy Christmas pudding…

November 4th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

Christmas pudding is one of the key elements of a traditional Christmas feast. However it hasn’t always been made using fruit, originally in the 14th Century it would have been made using beef, mutton, raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices, and served as a soup. However in the 16th Century it evolved into the dome sweet pudding we know today.
 
Although it’s possible to buy a tasty Christmas pudding, it can also be really enjoyable to make one yourself. So we have found this easy to make Christmas Pudding recipe on the Good Housekeeping website that we thought would be good to share:

  • 500 g (1lb 2oz) each sultanas and raisins
  • 250 g (9oz) Agen prunes, roughly chopped
  • 100 g bag dried sour cherries
  • 150 ml (¼ pint) Armagnac, plus extra to drizzle
  • Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 100 g (3½oz) molasses sugar
  • 150 g (5oz) dark brown sugar
  • 250 g pack unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 250 g (9oz) plain flour
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ginger

For the method please follow this link: http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/food/recipes/easiest-ever-christmas-cake
 
There are also 27 different types of recipes on the BBC Good Food website, http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/christmas-pudding including Christmas pudding with Citrus and Spice http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8370/christmas-pudding-with-citrus-and-spice, Christmas Pudding Ice cream http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/78600/christmas-pudding-ice-cream and Classic Christmas pudding http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1159/classic-christmas-pudding, some of these need to be made in advance and others not, so check this out well in advance.