Two puddings for Christmas

Yay! Done! Well, they’re simmering, not quite done but the weighing, stirring and the washing up is. So, have got a Plum plum pudding from Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet, a little one:And also a big Simple Christmas pudding from same book. Unfortunately, they don’t make particularly good photos as once they’re covered, that’s it. So, here’s a photo of the big one ‘going in’:

The plum one has a fresh plum and prunes, raisins, currants, black treacle, dark brown sugar, mixed spice, pinch of cloves, butter instead of suet and a few other things. The traditional Christmas pud has everything but the kitchen sink – ale and grated carrot, breadcrumbs and all sorts of dried fruit. I’ve actually made two of those, one for an early December eating. Stupidly forgot to note down which dried fruits I’ve put into the early one – I think there were blueberries and sour cherries, possibly cranberries as well as raisins, currants, prunes. Also used black treacle and dark brown sugar. The new one has golden syrup and muscovado sugar, mostly the same dried fruits. Wander if they’ll taste any different?  Can’t wait to try.

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