Those who listened to my bearcast ( shares podcast) yesterday may have heard a bubbling in the background. That was the steaming of two Christmas puddings, an eight hour process. The pudding mixture was made the night before with everyone having a stir and making a secret wish. Sadly the BBC has not been defunded yet but not all wishes do not come true. Only kidding. My secret wish is far closer to home.
As always the recipe is based on a generic one from the interweb but with my own variations thrown in. There were no crushed almonds as I could not find any in the house. I swopped some sultanas for currants and there was a little bit less apple than recommended. Those I did use were picked here in September but wrapped in newspaper in the apple rack and were still fresh and crisp. Instead there were home grown plums which had sat in vodka for six weeks. The plum vodka now sits in bottles for our bonfire night party. The plums were stoned and thrown into the mix. Instead of butter I used beef suet. I put in more brandy than the interweb suggested.
The puddings now join all the jams and chutneys, home grown garlic and home made apple juice in the larder ready for a Christmas meal with the family, my in-laws and a guest from New York on December 25th and another meal if my older children join us for a second Christmas.