Friday, February 1, 2013

Plum or Christmas Pudding

A tasty recipe for one of my favorites - Christmas, or Plum Pudding, aka Plum Duff. This comes from the BBC and they included the method of steaming a pudding, which I included.

Plum pudding (plum duff)

                                                    Also known as Christmas Pudding

    110g/4oz self-rising flour
    110g/4oz currants
    110g/4oz golden raisins
    110g/4oz breadcrumbs
    110g/4oz dark brown sugar
    110g/4oz shredded suet
    ½ tsp mixed spice powder
    ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    pinch freshly grated nutmeg
    250g/9oz plums, stones removed, chopped
    ½ large apple, core removed, peeled and chopped
    orange, juice and zest only
    4 tablespoons dark rum
    2 free-range (or large) eggs
    225ml/8fl oz milk 

For the sauce
    1 free-range egg (or one regular large egg)
    300g/10½oz icing sugar
    150g/5oz butter, melted
    1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out (2 tsp vanilla extract)
    200ml/7 fl oz whipping cream, whipped until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed

Preparation method

  1. Butter a 1 litre/2 pint pudding basin.
  2. Mix the flour, currants, raisins, breadcrumbs, sugar, suet, mixed spice, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the plums and apple pieces.
  4. Add the orange zest and juice, the rum and the eggs and mix well.

  5. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until the mixture will drop from the spoon when pulled from the bowl (dropping consistency).
  6. Place the plum mixture into the pudding basin and cover with greaseproof paper or a pudding cloth. Secure the paper or cloth with kitchen string.
  7. Using a pan with a lid large enough to comfortably contain the pudding basin, half-fill the pan with boiling water. Add the pudding basin and cover with the lid. Steam the pudding for three hours. Replenish the water level if necessary. How to Steam A Pudding

  8. Remove the basin from the pan and allow to cool slightly.
  9. For the sauce, whisk the egg for five minutes until light and foaming.
  10. Add the sugar, butter and vanilla seeds and whisk well.
  11. Carefully fold in the whipped cream until well combined.

  12. To serve, spoon out the plum pudding onto plates and spoon the sauce alongside

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