Today it is my turn to post as part of the 2010 Virtual Advent Tour. This is a tour that I co host with Kelly from The Written World, where the participants share some aspect of their holiday celebrations!
Today other stops on the tour include Ana @ things mean a lot, Chris @ Stuff as Dreams are Made on and Boof @ The Book Whisperer. To find links to some of the other amazing posts we have had so far during the tour, then click here to visit the Virtual Advent Tour blog.
I was struggling a little bit to think of something to post about this year. I've talked about so many things over the five years that we have been running the tour! And then it came to me, I would share my sister's recipe for Christmas Pudding.
My sister started making these puddings years ago, and they are a real hit with everyone who gets one! Part of the reason why I thought about posting about them is that today was the last day for kids who attend government schools here in Victoria for this school year. For the past few years, I have been giving these to each of my son's teachers as the end of year gift, and to the people who worked in his before and after school care program. When he changed school at the beginning of Term 4 this year, when the carers in the program were saying goodbye to us, one of them commented "Does this mean we won't get a Christmas pudding this year?", they looked forward to them so much each year!
On Christmas Day itself, she will make a big pudding that we will share together, served warm with ice cream, custard and cream! Yum!
Oh and in case you are wondering, yes, she does know that I am sharing her recipe! She has made so many of these now (it wouldn't be surprising if she made 100 or more each year) that she was able to tell me the instructions without even referring to her recipe book!
Christmas Puddings (makes 12 small puddings)
750g mixed fruit
200g macadamia nuts
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
150g self raising flour
125g chopped apricot pieces
3 large eggs
Bottle of stout
Cup of brandy (optional)
Tspn ground nutmeg
Combine dry ingredients (mixed fruit, nuts, lemon zest, apricot pieces, breadcrumbs) in a large mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs, and then add the stout and mix to combine.
Add egg and stout mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to combine thoroughly. Then add brandy, mix and then leave to stand overnight.
Grease 12 ramekins and then fill with pudding mixture to just under the lip of the ramekin.
Cut circles of baking paper so that they cover the top of the pudding on the inside of the ramekin, and then cover the top of the ramekin with a larger piece of foil and tie off with string.
Place the filled ramekins in a large deep sided baking tray, and fill the tray with water until it is approximated three quarters of the way up the side of the ramekins. On your lowest heat setting on your cooktop, simmer for 5 hours, continually topping up the water to the same level.
Remove from the heat. Once cooled, tip puddings onto a wire cooling try. Wrap in cling film, and then wrap in calico with a Christmassy ribbon tied around and hand out as gifts to lucky recipients!
In order to reheat, place in microwave for just over 1 minute!