Christmas pudding Photo Credit www.crushmag-online.com

Christmas pudding
Photo Credit www.crushmag-online.com

Our pastry chef Craig did this recipe a year ago for Crush, there is still enough time to pull this off.

Traditional Christmas pudding with cherries and brandy butter sauce
Yields 1 medium size Christmas pudding
Servings 5-8 people

Easy (Just time consuming)

Christmas pudding

Ingredients
½ cup Currants
1 cup Sultanas
1 cup Raisins
2 Tbls mixed orange peel
8 each Prunes
2 Gannysmith apple (grated)
2 tsp Chopped stem ginger
2 oranges segmented
2 each lemon zest grated
2 each orange zest grated
10 Tblsp Grand Marnier or any orange  liqueur
10 Tblsp Brandy
10 Tblsp Dry sherry
10 Tblsp Dark rum
10 Tblsp Madeira or any sweet wine
10 Tblsp Guinness
10 Tblsp Ale
1 cup Dark brown sugar (Demerara)
3 Tblsp mixed spice
4 Tblsp ground almonds
4 tsp Suet or Veg suet if preferred
4 tsp bread crumbs
1 cup flour
6 eggs

Method
Soak the fruit, grated apple, mixed peel, ginger, orange segments and the zest with all the alcohol for 5 days. Turning the fruit once a day so the alcohol can soak evenly through the fruit.
Place the fruit in the mixer and add the rest of the ingredients, mix well
Line a mould, I used a small normal mixing bowl for this shoot, but any mould that fits the mix will do. Fill the mould and cover with silicon paper, then with tin foil. Steam the pudding for 3.5 to 4 hours

Brandy sauce
Yields 550ml
Serves 5 to 8

1 cup Milk
1 cup Cream
4 Tblsp Sugar
4 tsp brandy (or be naughty and add a few more)
1tsp butter
1Tblsp corn flour

Method
Boil the 50ml milk, cream and butter together. Add the remaining milk to the cornflour and bring it to the mix thickens. Then add the sugar and the brandy and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Take off the heat and cover plastic wrap to stop a skin from forming.

Drunken Cherries
Serves 5 to 8
1 ½ cups pitted fresh cherries
1 cup brandy
½ cup sugar
1 orange zest
½ cup juice
1 vanilla pod
1 cinnamon stick

Method
Place the ½ the brandy with the orange juice, zest, sugar, split vanilla pod and cinnamon in small pot and dissolve the sugar .Once the sugar has dissolved add the cherries and cook for 3 min. Take off the heat and add the remaining brandy. Let cool. Place in a air tight container or jar and use when needed.

Photo Credit www.crushmag-online.com

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