Even though Christmas is now (sadly!) over, I thought I would share some photos I took at the end of November when the boys and I made Christmas puddings. Yes plural, as we make one for us to eat and one for my Mum to have to share with her visitors over Christmas.
Last week I shared a recipe for my Christmas Pudding Nougat as I had some of my homemade Christmas Pudding leftover and wanted to try out some new ways of using it up. I have since made some Christmas Pudding Tiffin having been inspired by some wonderfully delectable jellybean tiffin. Playing around with that recipe and adding my own spin on it, including some brandy snaps which were also left over from Christmas, I came up with this recipe and this is how I made Christmas Pudding Tiffin.
Having made all my savoury Christmas food leftovers into several meals, by New Years day the only food left to eat up was some chocolates and some Christmas Pudding. My Christmas Pudding is delicious as it is of course, being homemade, but as I had quite a bit left I thought it would be interesting to see what I could make with it. Having made muffins last year, this year I thought I would go down the sweet treats path this time, and I have managed to make a few things the first of which is some Christmas Pudding Nougat. I have no idea how you make actual nougat, this is my own ‘cheats’ version made with some store cupboard ingredients.
Here is how I made it
I love rocky road, it has to be one of my all-time favourite non bake tray bakes. It is just so delicious and very hard to resist. This Malteser Rocky Road Xmas Pud is a little bit special as I have added Malteser chocolates to the recipe . Also, as you can see from the photon Das the name of this treat would suggest, I have shaped the rocky road to resemble a Christmas Pudding.
Making my own Christmas pudding is something I have only been doing since I was pregnant with Burton, and now it has become a tradition which I enjoy and very much look forward to each November (sometimes December like last year as we moved house at the end of November). Since Burton was two I have always had a little helper, and now since last year I now have two. Both boys love helping me to bake anyway, but they especially love being allowed to add the wrapped coins to the uncooked Christmas pudding and giving the batter a mix and making a wish.
I had no idea that there was a name given to the preparation of Christmas Puddings, and it was not until Yeo Valley contacted me and referred to Stir Up Sunday that I did some googling, and discovered that
This year, Stir Up Sunday falls on today, Sunday November 24th. Therefore, yesterday and today Burton, Jenson and I made some Christmas Puddings, one for us and one for each set of grandparents. I make mine a little differently as I do not steam it I simply bake it and I have been using the same recipe for a few years now. However, I have altered it slightly this year and have steeped the fruit in Guinness instead of brandy and I am making our one in a wreath shape – eeeeeek I hope my amendments will work! Too late now.
Now we have to wait until lunchtime on 25th December to see how the pudding turns out and how it tastes!
Do you make your own Christmas pudding?
Is it a family affair in your house too?
To read the Yeo Valley Christmas Pudding recipe and to be in with a chance of winning a beautiful Cornishware Pudding Basin (as seen above ) please check out their website