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 Post subject: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:56 pm 
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I'd really like to give a Christmas/Plum pudding a go for my holiday meal, and all the readymade ones here have stupid whey powder in them! Does anyone make their own or have a favourite readymade that I can order somewhere? I've never had one before but for some reason I have a real inkling to try it.

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I know I've found vegan xmas pudding in Canada - maybe Whole Foods? That said, I'd love to make one too, so I'll be watching this thread!

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:37 am 
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I have made Christmas pudding in the past although as there are only two of us this year, I'll just stick with mince pies as they are my favourite. I don't remember what recipes I used and it was in pregan days so probably wouldn't help anyway, but making a Christmas pudding is really, really easy - you basically mix everything together in a bowl, put in a pudding basin and steam. The steaming is the only involved bit as it takes hours. Today is Stir Up Sunday, so the perfect time to do it!

I would vote for finding a vegan recipe and making your own, it will taste much better than anything you can buy.


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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
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Most brits (like 90%) would probably go for Delia Smiths recipe but its not vegan (the only non vegan ingredients being Suet and Eggs which can be subbed easily with Veg Suet and egg replacer). Its probably cheaper to buy one that make one, but if you want a link to Delia's recipe I can provide one.

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
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Also Nakd Xmas Puds are really really like Christmas Pudding but without the hassle or telephone number calorie content

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I'm fairly sure that 90% of the ones in supermarkets here are vegan, but that doesn't help you.

My mother tried making them commercially for a local pub, but they take a lot of time as they're cooked by steaming or boiling for hours, so she gave up and advised people to just go to the supermarket.

Take sultanas, raisins, candied orange peel and currants, soak them in brandy overnight. Strain off the excess brandy and drink it because otherwise it is wasteful and that's bad. Mix with nuts and almonds. Pour yourself a little glass of wine. Add plain flour, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, whisky, nutmeg, more brandy, fat, salt and some muscavado sugar and bake in a bowl with a sealed lid on it so it steams itself. Take out when you think it's probably cooked.

Cook weeks, if not years in advance (seriously, they last for a decade if kept well). Keep it moist but feeding it brandy or whiskey. I've know people to use hypodermic syringes for this, but a spoon will do.

Measure nothing. Taste everything. Pour yourself another glass of wine.

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
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Abel & Cole have them - http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/christmas- ... -free-200g

it is gluten free but when I searched asking for only vegan results it appeared ...

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:27 am 
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I'm fairly sure that 90% of the ones in supermarkets here are vegan, but that doesn't help you.

My mother tried making them commercially for a local pub, but they take a lot of time as they're cooked by steaming or boiling for hours, so she gave up and advised people to just go to the supermarket.

Take sultanas, raisins, candied orange peel and currants, soak them in brandy overnight. Strain off the excess brandy and drink it because otherwise it is wasteful and that's bad. Mix with nuts and almonds. Pour yourself a little glass of wine. Add plain flour, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, whisky, nutmeg, more brandy, fat, salt and some muscavado sugar and bake in a bowl with a sealed lid on it so it steams itself. Take out when you think it's probably cooked.

Cook weeks, if not years in advance (seriously, they last for a decade if kept well). Keep it moist but feeding it brandy or whiskey. I've know people to use hypodermic syringes for this, but a spoon will do.

Measure nothing. Taste everything. Pour yourself another glass of wine.


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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
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I am now testing the recipe. I'm going to pressure cook it because I'm stickin it to da man.

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
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And to be really authentic, you need to hide trinkets in it (traditionally stuff like sixpences and threepenny bits, along with mini charms like thimbles and bells). It's good luck to find them when you bite down on your piece of pud (not so much when you break your teeth on them).

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
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Gulliver, I love you.

I'm going to go out to Costco and see if I can find a readymade one there (closest WF is in Toronto), if not, I'm making my own! I have no idea what I'll use for the mould though. Christmas Pudding is happening no matter what, dammit!

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 Post subject: Re: Christmas Pudding: recipe or readymade?
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paprikapapaya wrote:
I have no idea what I'll use for the mould though. Christmas Pudding is happening no matter what, dammit!


Usually we use a glass pyrex dish or something similar.
Let us know how it goes :-)

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You can order ceramic pudding bowls on amazon. I think that's what I'll do.

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