WOW, the festive season is well and truly here! I have been asked for a Christmas Pudding recipe from a few people so I thought I would share this fantastic recipe which is this month’s recipe in the Thermomix Food Lovers’ Calendar 2011. For those that don’t know, the Thermomix Food Lovers’ Calendar 2012 is out now and available for purchase via your consultant. It has recipes each month and fantastic hints and tips along the way.
Traditional Steamed Christmas Pudding
130 g each dried cherries, currants, blueberries, red plumbs, Australian apricots
130 g Brandy
130 g toasted almonds
1 vanilla bean
½ cinnamon stick
½ tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice
Zest 1 lemon
70 g butter
130 g brown sugar
20 g treacle
70 g cornflour
70 g flour
Place dried fruit into non-reactive bowl and drizzle with brandy. Cover and set aside at room temperature for up to a week. Stir occasionally.
Place almonds, vanilla, spices and zest into TM bowl and mill for 10 seconds on Speed 10.
Add remaining ingredients except fruit and mix for 10 seconds on Speed 6.
Add soaked fruit and stir for 6 seconds on Reverse and Speed 6.
Line basket with a double layer of Chux or pudding cloth (e.g. muslin, calico).
Pour mixture into cloth and wrap tightly at the neck, twisting the cloth. Secure with a rubber band.
Rinse TM bowl and add approximately 700 g water. Insert basket and steam for 60 minutes at 100°C on Speed 2. *** Remove pudding and either serve warm or allow to cool completely before hanging in dark dry conditions to keep until Christmas. To reheat, insert pudding back into basket and add water to TM bowl as directed above. Steam for 30 minutes at 100°C on Speed 2.
Best served warm, with whipped cream and Brandy Cream Sauce.
*** Caroline from the facebook site ThermoBlitz has advised that I have missed a (very!!) critical step in my recipe and has advised that the pudding needs an extra hour of cooking. She has provided the following link:
http://www.facebook.com/l/DAQFCxKxfAQHKTzDREMjE1JwAr43JpxrD2MOlCvt6ak_MZQ/www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=8048.0 Unfortunately I can’t find the original calendar just to double check prior to amending the body of the document but in the meantime please be aware that the pudding looks as if it needs another hour (lucky with the Thermomix that hour doesn’t mean you have to sit and watch it!).
However Caroline has also advised that she has since made the pudding and it did crumble when she unwrapped it. She covered the pudding in double wrapping of muslin rather than calico so it is possible this had a bearing on the outcome but just wanted to share. Thanks ThermoBlitz for letting me know. You can find ThermoBlitz’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/ThermoBlitz?fref=ts
Would love to hear from you have made this recipe before x
Recipe from Thermomix Food Lovers Calendar 2001 – December 2011