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#1 Mon 01 Dec 08 3:55pm

sarah2405

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Steaming christmas pudding

hi, i really want to make my own pudding this year but i am the only who eats it. al the reicpes are for 2-3 pint recipes. I don't mind following the recipes as i wil give the extra away. does anyone know how to work out the steaming time?
some of them call for 3.5 hours before and then another 3.5 hours on the day.
Any tips on cooking xmas pudd would be fab.
thanks.

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#2 Mon 01 Dec 08 5:58pm

cookinlovebird

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Re: Steaming christmas pudding

Hi sarah2405 WELCOME

Its important to follow pudding recipes to the T, so make up a batch of small ones and give the others as presents, you can half the recipe!!! my recipe for christmas pudding is on my blog page check it out!! If you simmer your pudding for 6hrs and on the day simmer for 30mins it will save time.

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#3 Mon 01 Dec 08 7:25pm

sarah2405

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Re: Steaming christmas pudding

thank you that is exactly what i wanted to hear. i am a bit of a stickler for following recipes but there is no way i coud eat a massive pudding. the recipes i have looked at are Nigella's, Nigel's and Delia's . they all say about 3.5 hours and then another 3.5 hours but your way sounds perfect. i will look at your recipe. thanks. sarah.

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#4 Mon 01 Dec 08 8:04pm

GeoffP

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Re: Steaming christmas pudding

The steaming time is the same whatever the size of the pudding, so 3 1/2 + 3 1/2 sounds right, but you can do 6 hrs, then 1/2 hr on day. You can also cheat by doing 6 hrs, then, on the day, microwave for about 8 mins.

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#5 Wed 03 Dec 08 7:04am

VENUS

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Re: Steaming christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

You need:
1kg Mixed fruit
250g dates
250 g raisins
2 cups water (500ml)
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
250 g butter
2 teaspoons bi car soda
3 eggs
2 cups plain flour
2 cups self raising flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
cup rum (60ml)

Method:
Place the fruit, roughly chopped dates, raisins, water, sugars, salt and butter in a pan.
Stir over low heat until butter has melted, simmer 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in bi carb soda.
Allow to stand until mixture is completely cold.
Lightly beat together the eggs and rum, stir into cold mixture.
Add sifted flours, mixed spice, cinnamon and mix well till the mixture is combined.

To Steam:

Fill into a well greased 4-litre pudding basin.
Steam for 6 hours, replenish with boiling water every 20 minutes.
Re steam for 2 hours on day of serving.

To Boil:

Prepare the pudding cloth by cutting a piece of calico into a 62 cm square, drop this into a pan of boiling water for 30 minutes.
Remove, wring out excess water, spread out the cloth and cover liberally with flour. (Flouring gives the pudding a better skin)
Place puffing mixture to centre of cloth, round in shape, mould into a slight peak at top.
Gather corners of cloth and sides, pull up tight to achieve an even round shape and tie top (wrapping around cloth firmly and about 10 times) with string, allowing about 2 cm overhang of cloth.
Lower pudding into large pan of boiling water, lower in pudding and place on a lid, boil for required time, ensuring it is always on the boil.
At end of cooking time, lift out pudding and tie the excess cloth at the top so they do not touch pudding, leave to hang overnight.
On day of serving, reboil for further 2 hours.
Pudding can also be removed from cloth and individual pieces heated on low heat in the microwave.
Serve with a good brandy custard or sauce anglaise and whipped sweet butter.

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#6 Wed 03 Dec 08 10:10pm

Mr Grumpy

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Re: Steaming christmas pudding

Any ideas about adjusting the steaming times for a pressure cooker, anyone?

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#7 Thu 04 Dec 08 5:59am

VENUS

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Re: Steaming christmas pudding

Christmas Pudding

4  tablespoons seedless dates chopped
4  tablespoons mixed candied fruit peels coarsely chopped
4  tablespoons raisins
4  tablespoons currants
  cup(s) walnuts chopped
1  tablespoon(s) brandy
1  tablespoon(s) rum
2  tablespoon(s) lemon juice
1  lemon rind grated
4  tablespoons plain flour
1  teaspoon(s) mixed spice powder
a pinch of salt
2  cup(s) fresh white bread crumbs
2  tablespoons butter
1  cup(s) brown sugar
2  eggs beaten
  cup(s) milk
3  cup(s) water

Combine the first nine ingredients in a bowl and keep aside.
Sift together the plain flour, mixed spice powder and the salt into a bowl.
Mix in the fresh white breadcrumbs.
Beat the butter and sugar in another bowl till light and fluffy.
Gradually add the eggs beating well after each addition.
Add the milk (only if required) to give a soft clinging mixture.
Fold in the sifted flour and the prepared fruit mixture.
Spoon this mixture into a greased mold (in the shape of a bowl) such that there is a 1" head space.
Cover tightly with a greased parchment paper and then with an aluminum foil secured with a string.
Pour the water in the cooker body.
Place a grid in the cooker and place the mold on it.
Close the cooker without the pressure regulator.
Cook on high heat till steam is seen passing through the vent.
Reduce the heat and cook on low heat for about 15  minutes ensuring a steady stream of steam from the vent.
Now place the pressure regulator in position and bring to full pressure on high heat. Reduce heat and cook on low heat for about 50  minutes.
After the cooker cools down, remove mold from the cooker.
Uncover the mold and run a knife around its edges.
Place a serving plate on the mold and invert. Tap gently to release the pudding onto the serving plate.

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#8 Thu 04 Dec 08 8:36pm

Mr Grumpy

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Re: Steaming christmas pudding

I'm experiencing a Pavlovian tendency to salivate already.  Thanks, Venus.

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