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Who else still makes Christmas puddings?

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Witzend Tue 01-Oct-19 14:54:49

So many people seem to make the cakes, but not the puds.
I love making ours - it's an old GH recipe and not so dense, dark and heavy as the average shop one. Even people who don't usually like Chr. pud usually like this version.

I don't usually make them until December - they're always fine - and will have carols playing while I'm at it. The smell while mixing up is lovely and Christmassy - a combination of lemon and orange zest, spices, and brown ale.
We always have it with brandy butter - also from an old GH recipe. But I do,provide cream for those who want it.

M0nica Tue 01-Oct-19 18:37:24

I cook my Christmas puddings in the microwave.

SueDonim Tue 01-Oct-19 20:08:43

Yes, I do. I use Delia's recipe, although I mix and match with different ingredients.

I also make the cake, using my MIL's recipe. The paper she wrote it on for me back in the 70's is very stained and very fragile now.

moggie Tue 01-Oct-19 20:34:18

I make guinness christmas puddings, really nice and moist. I use a pressure cooker but will look at using slow cooker DanniRae

AllotmentLil Tue 01-Oct-19 22:11:47

I would except I’m the only one who likes it sad. Which is strange as they love mince pies and Christmas cake - I make the former, including the mincemeat, but the latter comes from M&S is “fed” regularly and decorated by DD and DGD.

Chewbacca Tue 01-Oct-19 22:20:08

I was given a Christmas pudding as a gift 5 or 6 years ago. Do you think it's still edible?

aggie Tue 01-Oct-19 22:20:50

Christmas pud is done in the pressure cooker , but that sounds like a good idea , so I will try the slow cooker this year

Sarahmob Tue 01-Oct-19 22:22:51

I make puddings for me and a friend. Don’t bother with Xmas cake as it doesn’t get eaten.

Evangeline Tue 01-Oct-19 22:42:10

My dear late mother frequently reminded me of the £7 it cost her for marzipan when I made the Christmas cake , oh, 45 years ago when I was 16.Don’t think I ever made one again!

Lovetopaint037 Tue 01-Oct-19 23:07:15

DanniRae. How long does it take in a slow cooker? I have never thought of doing puddings of any kind in it. I presume you stand them in water and cover them in the usual way. Really interested.

gmelon Tue 01-Oct-19 23:12:19

I'm making puddings on Stir up Sunday. Ive always used the same recipe. The recipe from a forty plus year old Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

gmelon Tue 01-Oct-19 23:12:41


eazybee Wed 02-Oct-19 08:08:53

I have never made a Christmas pudding; it is all the boiling and the fear of them running dry that puts me off. Plus, no one in my family likes them.

Maggiemaybe Wed 02-Oct-19 08:34:22

I’m the only one in the family that likes proper Christmas pudding, so I just make a few of Delia’s last minute soufflé puds in individual ramekins for those who’ll try them. They’re very light, with no steaming involved, which is a bonus. I do miss the ritual of setting the pudding alight though!

I always use Delia’s creole cake recipe, which is delicious and adapts well to whatever booze you have available.

Maggiemaybe Wed 02-Oct-19 08:36:56

Chewbacca, I tried a 3 year old pudding once and it was really dry and stale. I suppose it depends what’s in it?

DanniRae Wed 02-Oct-19 08:40:33

Please note: It was Calendargirl who suggested cooking Christmas puddings in a slow cooker not me! I don't even possess a slow cooker but might think about getting one now grin

Hetty58 Wed 02-Oct-19 08:41:16

It's one of the very few things that I really dislike - so no!

Teetime Wed 02-Oct-19 09:12:16

DH will be making ours this weekend - we like it dark and well laced!

LondonGranny Wed 02-Oct-19 09:34:09

I too have eaten a years-old Christmas pud, one that my mum made before she died and it took a while before I felt OK eating it rather than sobbing into it. I kept regularly 'feeding' it with brandy. It was really lovely. A lot evaporates (I think what evaporates is called the angel's share) and it was a boozy pud but so very delicious.

Maggiemaybe Wed 02-Oct-19 10:04:14

That must have been a bitter sweet moment, LondonGranny. flowers

I think you had the right idea with the regular feeding.

Davida1968 Wed 02-Oct-19 10:06:43

DH still makes Christmas puddings, using the recipe from the "Cranks" puddings book. (He adds extra nuts though.) Always uses the "lighter" vegetable suet - and the resulting puds are delicious.

LondonGranny Wed 02-Oct-19 10:29:34

We 'toasted' her at the Christmas dinner table with our bowls of pud raised. Even those who aren't keen on christmas pud had a little biit with ice-cream. It was a happy day

henetha Wed 02-Oct-19 10:31:51

After many years of doing so it's quite nice not to have to any more.... so I don't.

Greyjoy1953 Wed 02-Oct-19 11:19:42

I too cook mine in the slow cooker and reheat them on Xmas day in slow cooker too, saves a lot of steam and watching the water disappear. Always cook my Xmas cake and Puddings at beginning to end of Oct/Nov love it, makes me feel full of Xmas cheer. Always save the pudding mix for grandchildren to stir too before cooking. Roll on end of month.

Apricity Wed 02-Oct-19 12:10:36

It is one of the few traditional Anglo things that I still do. Allegedly the recipe I use is my great grandmothers recipe but who really knows. My mother wrote out the recipe for me when I married nearly 50 years ago and I have slightly adapted it but I still make the 3 puddings in basins every year, usually in October, and they are great family favourites. My Scandinavian dil caused much laughter with her pronounciation of 'pudd-ings' and the pudding with custard is a great favourite with my half Italian grandson.

Among the more traditional ingredients it has grated carrots which seemed quite exotic in the 1950s when I stirred the mixture for my mother long before people made things like carrot cakes - at least in 1950s Australia.

These days I don't bother with the boiled silver coins or trinkets as they no longer have any meaning but the wonderful brandy infused flavours linger. I keep them in the frig and we have eaten them, reboiled, two years later and they are still absolutely delicious.

Witzend Wed 02-Oct-19 12:31:41

In our family, the pudding is more,popular than the cake. I do usually still make a cake - covered with nuts, not icing, which was so often left - but TBH quite a bit of it often ends up going into the garden for the birds. (Still, as long as it's not actually wasted...).

I still make mince pies, the trad. little ones with thin pastry and lots of filling - too much pastry in the shop ones for me. However I have a friend who really likes the pastry - as long as it's in the M&S mini ones! Each to her own.

First batch of mince pies usually made on 1st Dec - again with carols on, and probably a glass or 2 of mulled wine, too.