Alternative Christmas Pudding

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Thursday, 31 December 2015


December's sampler for you. Comprising of phone photos previously posted on instagram.
Top row~ a speckled yellowing quince leaf, the sun setting over the River Severn, a beautiful door hinge on the Tything in Worcester.
Middle row ~ Father Christmas on my christmas tree, alternative Christmas pudding, windfall apples
Bottom row ~ part of Worcester Cathedral, footpath along the river, pollarded chestnuts by the river.

You want to know about the pudding don't you?
It's from a little book published for Sainsbury's in 1978. It's called Cooking For Christmas by Josceline Dimbleby. I am indebted to Niki for telling me about both the book and the pudding. It was a doddle to make and made a delightful alternative to the traditional Christmas pud which a lot of people dislike. It is essentially a chocolate biscuit cake in pudding form. Here is the recipe.

Chocolate Crunch Christmas Pudding
from Cooking For Christmas by Josceline Dimbleby

6oz (150g) butter
3 tablespoons golden syrup
8oz (200g) plain chocolate
6oz (150g) crushed ginger biscuits
6oz (150g) crushed plain sweet biscuits (I used digestives)
1oz (25g) currants (I used chopped crystallised ginger)
3oz (75g) raisins
2oz (50g) glacé cherries, roughly chopped (I used dried cranberries)
1oz (25g) candied peel
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons rum or brandy

Icing
3oz (75g) plain chocolate
1 tablespoon water
1oz (25g) butter
2-3 halved glacé cherries
sprig of holly

Grease a 2 pint (1.2l) pudding basin

Melt butter, syrup and chocolate together in a saucepan.
Stir in all the other ingredients and pack the mixture into the basin. Refrigerate.
When the pudding has set completely dip it briefly in hot water to loosen and turn out onto a plate.
To make the icing melt the chocolate with the water and stir in the butter. Stir until smooth and allow to cool slightly before pouring over the pudding. Decorate with the cherries and holly. Keep the pudding in the fridge.

It would make a great celebratory dessert for New Year's Day or indeed any special day. You could simply press the mixture into a square cake tin and spread the icing over if you don't want the Christmas look.

Happy New Year to you all!








Christmas Decorations

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Saturday, 19 December 2015









The tree is up and the mantelpiece is decorated with candles and little glass baubles in little glass tumblers. I scored a fabulous bunch of many-berried holly from the farmshop for £1.50.  Its leaves are the prickle-less kind so I supplemented it with some more traditional prickly holly from my garden plus some branches of bay. I think it looks wonderful in my cream jug underneath my new picture. The picture is Train Landscape by Eric Ravilious and was a birthday present from my parents. Thank you for all the 50th birthday wishes, it was a good one.


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