Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Best Traditional Christmas Pudding Ideas

This the season to be jolly, and nothing makes the whole family happier than seeing what’s for dessert after a bountiful Christmas meal! The trend in desserts over the past few years have moved away from the more modern takes on Christmas to a more traditional meal, taking in all of the rich flavours that modern recipes seem to miss out on.


When it comes to Christmas desserts, nothing says it better than the traditional Christmas pudding. This rich, dark mouth-wateringly moist delight will always go down a treat after a hearty meal. With its deep filling and velvety smooth interior, the Christmas pud has been a mainstay for many families over the Xmas period.




Delight Your Guest’s Taste Buds This Year!



Featuring dried fruits, liquors and sumptuously rich additions really bring out all of the history and cooking time involved in creating this festive treat. Traditional ingredients such as plum, cranberry and fig make for a delight on the taste buds and offer your guests something truly special to end their meal with.

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When cooking your Christmas pudding, some of the things to keep in mind are to ensure if you are using a liquor or alcohol, that you fully soak your ingredients in it for an extended period of time. This will really bring out the rich flavours in the liquor and ensure that every bite will be luxurious.




Steam For As Long As Possible



All traditional Christmas puddings should be steamed evenly to really bring out the best flavour. Steam for several hours to bring out the best in your pud, and ensure that the pan is only halfway full of water to make sure that the pud will cook all of the way through.


Many common cooking problems arise from not cooking the Christmas pud for long enough! The slower the cooking time the better is a rule of thumb for Christmas puddings, so make sure you have plenty of time to spend in the kitchen and are not out last-minute shopping for prezzies.




Undercooking Means Tough, Tasteless Pud!



Undercooking the Christmas pudding can make the pud seem very pale and taste bland. The longer cooking time allows for the sugars in the fruits to caramelise, leaving you with a luxuriously sticky treat.




Dairy and Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding



Gluten-free and dairy-free Christmas puddings have also become popular in recent years thanks to the many retailers that produce them using traditional recipes. But don’t worry, these puds do not lose any of their rich flavour, and many of your guests will not be able to tell the difference, so if you are sensitive to gluten or dairy, you won’t have to miss out!


Many traditional pudding makers have now come out with a range of modern twists, but backed with a traditional recipe. These include Pud For All Season’s Double Choc & Orange with Cointreau for those chocoholics out there, as well as a Date and Butterscotch pud that is the sweetest treat you’re likely to meet.

Why not go traditional this Christmas and enjoy one of the most memorable puddings you’re ever likely to try. Indulge in rich, velvety, boozey desserts that will bring the finale of Christmas dinner to a close in style for your friends and family this year.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Christmas Favourites That Bring In The Yuletide Appetite!


Nothing brings with it the spirit of Christmas as much as sitting down with the family to enjoy a traditional Christmas meal. A lunch with all of the trimmings, this glorious feast of a meal has evolved over the years to involve a number of special treats that can only truly be enjoyed at this time of year. 

Let’s take a look at some of the favourites that no Australian can spend Christmas without!

Christmas Lunch


The traditional roasted meat still continues to be the most popular food served at Christmas lunch, being a mainstay of many countries’ Xmas feast. Usually wrapped in foil and slow roasted, the roasted chicken, turkey or ham is often basted with an assortment of different sauces according to varying recipes.


Don’t Forget the Extras!


‘All the trimmings’ commonly refers to the food accompanying the main roasted meat on the plate and usually includes potatoes roasted in goose or duck fat, sage and onion or pork stuffing for chicken or turkey, or a modern twist of pistachio stuffing on a slow roasted ham joint. Carrots, peas and other legumes are often added, along with gravy and a collection of sauces to tantalise the pallet.

Side menu for christmas

Some families choose to create a more modern Christmas meal and include tasty recipes for seafood including king prawn, lobsters and crab and accompany them with seasonal salads and Christmas-themed dressing sauces.


Traditional Damper


Damper has made a trendy return to many Christmas table each year as it is seen as an original Australian tradition, by modern standards. Damper consists of simple soda bread that was eaten in the bush for many decades and has turned into an iconic dish for good reason.

Australian Traditaional Damper
Often eaten with honey, jam, syrup or a simple serving of butter, why not break bread at the Christmas table this year using a home-grown loaf of Damper.

For those with a sweet tooth, you cannot overlook the traditional deserts and puddings at Christmas time to truly delight your guests. You can choose from the traditional Christmas pudding that is velvety smooth with a rich taste (alcoholic or non-) and offers the perfect way to round off any Xmas mega-luncheon.


Find the Winning Recipe for Christmas!


Mince pies and trifle go down a treat in just about every household, with traditional recipes found in every family. If you really wanted to be on Santa’s naughty list this Christmas, you could take advantage of some of the boutique pudding specialists that offer hand-made, gourmet puddings and cakes delivered to your door in time for Christmas day.

Traditional Christmas Pudding

Treat yourself to a little bit extra and enjoy the gift of decadence with one of the traditional cooked-to-order after-dinner delicacies from Pud for All Seasons. Make this year that little extra special and your family with thank you a million times over.

Hunt down some of the best roast recipes and you will be able to spend the remainder of 2016 with a very satisfied appetite!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Treat Your Guests To A Sumptuous Home-Baked Traditional Plum Pudding

Traditional pudding by Pud
When it comes to desserts, nothing delights guests more than enjoying a delicious home baked traditional plum pudding to end an enchanting meal. Fancy afters and culinary experiments can take a back seat when it comes to savoury treats, because with tradition comes heritage and with plum pudding comes smiles all round.


To start off on your quest to bake the most sumptuous traditional plum pudding you are going to need the very best ingredients you can find. A good pudding is as much about the baking as it is the tasting, so take note of what you will need and do your best to find each item.


You Will Need:


    plum pudding ingredients
  • 85g of self-raising flour
  • 85g fresh breadcrumbs from white bread
  • 140g of muscovado sugar
  • ¾ of a tablespoon of mixed spice
  • 140g of shredded suet
  • 140g of raisins
  • 140g of sultanas
  • 140g of currants
  • 25g of varied candy peel
  • 25g of glacé cherries
  • 1 small grated carrot
  • 2 tablespoons of black treacle
  • 2 tablespoons of your favourite sweet stout
  • Very finely grates orange and lemon zest
  • And finally a rich brandy to pour over after baking


First up, stir the flour, suet, mixed spice, sugar, and breadcrumbs into a bowl and begin mixing. After the mixture has evened out, add the grated carrot, the glacé cherries, the peel and the fruit and stir well to mix these ingredients together.

After this has been stirred for a minute or two, you can add the rest of the ingredients to the mix and continue to stir until the mixture comes together nicely in the bowl. Continue to beat the mixture with alternate folding to allow the air to be mixed out and for the ingredients to combine well together.


Prepare The Bowl for Steaming


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Gather a large pudding bowl of roughly 1.2 to 1.5L in capacity and butter the bowl well. Further butter a sheet of greaseproof paper and line the bowl accordingly. Empty the mixture into the bowl, ensuring that you pat the mixture down well enough that it produces a rich deep texture, as well as allowing for the pudding to rise a little during cooking.

Add on another buttered sheet of greaseproof paper on top of the mixture and secure the pudding in place with the aid of pudding cloth (if you have some) or just a regular breathable heavy cloth that isn’t likely to catch fire whilst in the oven. A small teacloth will suffice, so long as you tie it down with string over the top of the bowl.


Bring out the Moistness with a Long Cooking Time


Stand the bowl in a saucer and fill with boiling water and then cover again to start the cooking process. Puddings are steamed to give it a velvety, rich and moist texture that baking cannot compete with. The traditional puddings are steamed for a long period of time, the more steam the better, but in this instance, 8 hours is a reasonable cooking time to provide a delicious pudding with a delicious texture.

After the steaming process is finished, remove the pudding cloth, dishcloth or teacloth that you have used to cover the pudding and cover with a fresh and clean cloth to allow for storage. Store the pudding in a cool and dry place to ensure no outside interference messes with your pud!


A Loving Spoonful

 


Pour over a few tablespoons of brandy every once in a while to allow it to absorb the full richness of the flavour. Pour on a few extra spoonfuls just before serving and stead again for a further 2 hours to bring the pudding to its maximum deliciousness.

A traditional pudding requires a tasty meal to be enjoyed beforehand, as it is the perfect accompaniment to any rich meal. Traditionally, Christmas time was the best time to enjoy this festive highlight, but with so many different ways of cooking a traditional pud, this may be the time to pass on the tradition and create your very own family favourite recipe.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tips for Choosing a Dessert for a Formal Dinner

Choosing a menu to serve your guests for a formal dinner can feel like a nightmare when it comes to planning. You must choose something that caters for all tastes, isn’t too filling and finished a well-rounded meal to serve as the piéce de la resistance of an evening. Depending on the mood and occasion of your dinner, choosing a staple classic with a luxury twist is always a great way to end your dining experience with smiles all around.


One of the best desserts for your dining experience has to be something light that can both cleanse the palette as well as end the meal on a light note to round off a great meal, and not to forget, looks equally delicious! Rich foods tend to be too filling for many meals, so a small piece of heaven on a plate is the way to go no matter what the occasion.



Choose a Light Dessert to Match Your Menu


Pudding as a dessert may seem like something too heavy to finish a meal on, but if you choose the right pudding it will go down like it was intended: a real treat. There are many fine dining dessert puddings available to choose from, such as traditional plum or date pudding. You will often find that gourmet puddings aim for a traditional recipe with a modern twist of ingredients to give you a light, contemporary feel to round a meal off.


Whilst traditional puddings may feel heavy, modern twists such as chocolate orange Cointreau puddings coming in a deliciously delicate serving size may offer your guests something to talk about on the way home. Not only are puddings a great way to remind your guests of their grandmothers home cooking, but you will be able to turn them on to delightful desserts with a modern twist.



Savour the Blend of Gourmet Tradition

 


T
raditional cakes have often overtaken fancy ice cream and desserts that are often too sweet and sugary for many people. Leaving a fine dining experience on a lighter note is always best for your guests’ trip home, as well as their comfortable dining experience if there is a round of drinks afterwards.

Pre-made desserts are a great way to ensure the quality of your meal if you are in a bind for time. Whilst many store bought desserts might be reasonable for a regular meal, you can find many gourmet dessert shops that offer home-made traditional gourmet food to order to your door in perfect condition ready for your dinner date.

Take time to choose your dessert wisely and match it up with the menu that you will be going to cook for your special evening. Choose something that is a popular treat for all of your guests and you will receiving high marks for your culinary tastes. Go gluten free and gourmet and treat yourself to one of the finest restaurant-quality meals pre-prepared to enjoy in the comfort of your own home with a traditional pudding made with the love it as intended to be enjoyed with.


Monday, June 16, 2014

How to Keep Your Christmas Cheer


As we all know, Christmas is a joyful time filled with good food, good drink and showing love or friends and family with gifts. Generally, everybody’s in good spirits as they’re on holiday and this can add to how special an occasion it is. Part of the magic of Christmas time is in the fact that it only comes around once a year, and for some of us who are working around the clock to make it happen, once a year is plenty!


But that doesn’t mean that we can’t take some of the magic of Christmas and enjoy it during other parts of the year. The food is one thing that is very traditional; the quintessential Christmas day lunch includes everything from pork, ham and turkey or even seafood, which is enjoyed in many Australian homes as an entrée and is suitable due to the warm weather. 

Dessert is a must on Christmas day and more often than not it includes Christmas pudding. The great thing is that you don’t need an excuse to indulge in these kinds of foods. Even when Christmas is gone, you can create that same environment and feeling with just the right ingredients.



Calling up your friends or family over to your place and enjoying some delicious traditional Christmas pudding can bring back the holiday feeling. But they’re a great companion on lonely nights in front of the fire too! Being originally intended to be enjoyed in the winter months, Christmas puddings might be described as a big hug and are sure to warm you up.  To fully enjoy the pudding, you’ll want to mix it up with some quality sauce to stir up the flavor a little.
But by no means should you make yourself a one-pudding man/woman! 


Pud For All Seasons has much more to offer in addition to the classic Christmas pudding. Check out our full range, which includes cranberry and white chocolate pudding, double chocolate & orange with cointreau and another classic Date and Butterscotch pudding!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Treat Your Guests with a Mouth-Watering Gourmet Pudding

Mouth-Watering Gourmet Puddings from Pud For All Seasons


Nothing makes or breaks a memorable dinner event more than the choice of dessert you serve to your guests. From simple sundaes to crème brulée and everything in between, serving a delectable dessert will go a long way in winning the hearts of your guests for many years to come. Choosing the right kind of dessert is not only important in finding out what your guests like, but also to balance your overall menu, so aiming high and choosing a popular dessert with a special twist is sure to get the taste buds flowing.

Gourmet and gluten free puddings have made their way onto the tables of many homes across the nation thanks to the new ways in which they can be bought. Whilst making gourmet foods and desserts at home takes a certain amount of skill in the kitchen, that won’t stop you from being able to serve your guests fine foods of restaurant quality.




Gourmet Pudding Delivery



Many gourmet food delivery services have popped up to offer you the chance to serve your guests the best possible desserts at great prices. In many cases, these desserts are created by some of the best chefs around, and offer a chance for you to taste traditional recipes that may have otherwise been lost to history.


Gourmet dessert delivery is made possible thanks to the many artisan bakers and chefs that have created delicious twists on old recipes as well as crafted their own special variety of treats for the world to enjoy. Pud For All Seasons is one of those artisan companies that creates some of the most sumptuous desserts your taste buds can imagine.

Working from recipes that have been handed down to many generations, these family secrets are evident in every single bite. Make sure that every dinner evening goes down perfectly, by choosing from some of the finest puddings and desserts created with your dinner in mind. With all the love and care that goes into home cooking, these delicious desserts will have your guests asking for a second helping.




Traditional Recipes with Modern Twists



Most popular desserts from Pud For All Seasons


Some of the most popular desserts include the traditional plum pudding that has been created with a special family recipe. This traditional plum pudding offers the perfect choice for any Christmas lunch, as well as being available all year round. Perfect for any occasion; treat your guests to a rich flavour that is also surprisingly light.




Indulge in The Rich Flavours



Alternatives to the traditional Christmas pudding include the extra special cranberry and white chocolate pudding. Decadent in its flavour this rich pudding serves a creamy addition of white chocolate whilst providing a saucy bite of the cranberry with every mouthful. In addition to these two favourites, the double chocolate and orange pud offers chocoholics a velvety smooth dessert with a zesty punch.


Whatever pudding you go for, you are in for a real treat. With combinations of carefully selected ingredients to match your cravings, every mouthful offers you a slice of deliciousness never found before in the home. With delivery direct to your door all year round, choosing the right dessert for your dinner date has never been easier. Treat yourself to decadence; treat yourself to a gourmet pudding for your next special occasion.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Some of the Great Benefits of Eating Gluten Free Puddings

We all love to finish a meal and see what the latest, tastiest treats are coming our way in the form of dessert. The tastiest treats always seem to come with the extra sugar, the chocolate and the other ingredients we know are devilishly bad for us in the long run. But what if you could find deliciously delectable desserts that were gluten free as well as tasty desserts for the whole family?

delecious deserts

Gluten-free foods are great for a number of reasons. Not to mention the numerous tasty recipes and off-the shelf products that can be easily bought online through outlets like Pud For All Seasons, but their natural-based ingredients that aim to help with a number of health issues make gluten-free foods and puddings hard to beat.



The Side-effects of a Gluten-heavy Diet


Too much gluten in your diet, like everything, can cause numerous health issues throughout your life. Many people find that gluten tends to have negative effects on digestion and can cause fatigue. Gluten is also a bad ingredient for the way it makes one feel bloated and can cause more serious side effects such as irritable bowel syndrome. Even in people who are not sensitive to gluten-containing foods, gluten often plays a negative role in dietary health.


People with celiac disease suffer greatly from foods that contain gluten, which is why it is important to cut gluten from their diet. Even with people who are not suffering from celiac disease can show improvements in digestive health and can revitalise healthier digestive transit. Many people without gluten intolerance choose to go gluten free due toits health benefits, but also for the great tasting food available to them.

Pud For All Seasons is a great place to find the latest gluten free foods that are in demand, and have a large range of specialist gluten free puddings that will make you rethink your opinions on gluten free desserts. Some of the more popular desserts at Pud For All Seasons include the gourmet range of Christmas puddings, as well as featuring many offer desserts that are available as a gluten-free option.




Gourmet Puddings to Treat Your Guests


These handmade delights have to be tasted to believe, and with a simple online ordering process you can have your pud and eat it! This artisanal pudding specialist also supplies a range of dairy-free desserts and puddings that are bound to delight your guests at even the most sophisticated dinner soirees.


In conclusion, the range of gluten free products available to order online is getting wider every day. Whilst many people may not suffer from celiac disease or have a full gluten intolerance studies have shown that everyone can benefit from cutting down their gluten intake. A gluten-free diet can help alleviate intestinal and dietary issues and help you and your entire family feels healthier with even the tastiest of puds.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Where Grandma’s Cooking Meets Gourmet Deliciousness

It seems that no matter what grandma cooks it is always the tastiest, heartiest meals you always remember be it for the love and care that she puts into every meal or the fresh ingredients she may have hand-picked from her garden, there is a certain je ne sais quoi about her cooking that always brings with it a feeling of home. Always the tastiest meals for all of the seasons, let’s take a look down memory road at just why grandma’s cooking makes us feel warm and cosy inside.


The anticipation of making the next trip to grandma’s house is always filled with excitement every time we visit. We never quite know what grandma has in store for us, but we do know one thing; it’ll be the tastiest treat we’ve had all week! It always seems like grandma deserves a three-star Michelin rating as a chef, but when you realise that grandma was brought up in a time where little to no preservatives were used in cooking, and that all of the meals were literally made from scratch, that unprecedented cooking ability came from trial and error, which is paying off when using fresh ingredients. 


Freshly Sourced Ingredients


Pud For All Seasons makes sure that all the ingredients used in their recipes come from the freshest stock and of the ripest bunch. Making sure that all the love and care afforded to a meal can be contained in a single recipe that was created with love and attention. Desserts always taste best at grandma’s house, so with many recipes being sourced from traditional beginnings, modern twists added to add a little variety, Pud For All Seasons manages to cook it like grandma knows best.


Pud For All Seasons was created by an inspirational stay-at-home mum, Karen, who had the passion for baking and cooking and the opportunity to exercise her talent in the kitchen in a part of the country which is renowned for its quality produce: Central Victoria. With a keen goal to create the most deliciously homely puddings that will remind everyone of traditional desserts, Karen quickly saw success in making her recipes come to life.




Great Any Time of the Year


With a range of all year round gourmet puddings that can satisfy every dessert connoisseur out there, Pud For All Seasons adds a tasty range of delicious dessert sauces to its famous puddings. From Brandied Butterscotch, which is the perfect addition to a traditional Plum Pud to the modern twist of spiced up vanilla which is perfect atop the tantalisingly tasty Peach Pud, there is a huge range of choice no matter the time of year. With the addition of a range of products that are both dairy and gluten free, Pud For All Seasons creates gourmet quality puddings like grandma used to make that are suitable for the whole family, big or small.