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.