Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Updated post on 18-11-2016

Last two years, I have used microwave method to prepare the pudding. Today, I have decided to prepare one using the steaming method. It took me one hour to steam the pudding but the outcome are much moister than the microwave method. The only regret is the bowl apparently is too big and hence the puddings is slightly flat. 

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

INTRODUCTION

“Christmas, Christmas time is near, time for “food” and time for cheer, We’ve been good, but we can’t last……..”

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Yes, Christmas is around the corner though Thanksgiving 2014 is not over yet.. This year I will have 3-4 new Christmas recipes to add to my list of recipes last year….

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

I shall start with this simple Christmas Pudding and it is time for reader to get ready NOW and let it “mature” until the day of Christmas…By then, you will have a tasty and aromatic Christmas Pudding at your Christmas dinner table…

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Per Wikipedia:

“Christmas pudding is a type of pudding traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner. It has its origins in medieval England, and is sometimes known as plum pudding or Christmas Pudding or just “pud”, though this can also refer to other kinds of boiled pudding involving dried fruit. Despite the name “plum pudding,” the pudding contains no actual plums due to the pre-Victorian use of the word “plums” as a term for raisins. The pudding is composed of many dried fruits held together by egg and suet, sometimes moistened by treacle or molasses and flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and other spices. The pudding is aged for a month or even a year; the high alcohol content of the pudding prevents it from spoiling during this time.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pudding)

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Traditionally, preparing Christmas Pudding is no easy matter, many ingredients will need to be assembled and it was usually steamed over the stove for 4-5 hours to get cooked..Many special precautions need to be done including covering the puddings with cloth during the steaming.

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

But this recipe that I am sharing today is a fast and easy recipe…. If you are running of time, you may want to try microwave version of Christmas pudding. It took only 5 minutes to microwave the pudding …Of course if you do not have a microwave oven, you can always steamed the pudding until it is cooked…

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Traditionally, Christmas pudding usually served with sauces such as custard sauces and in recent year, some have served the pudding with ice cream. But the sauces that I have selected in this illustration is brandy sauce. I found that it blends especially well with the Christmas pudding..

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)


WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe adapted from: The perfect Christmas Pudding

Servings : About 4 

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

  • 250 grams of mixed fruits (Note a)
  • 25 grams of butter
  • 25 grams of plain flour
  • 40 grams of fresh bread crumbs or biscuit crumbs
  • 12 grams of chopped lemon peel or orange peel
  • 50 grams of castor sugar or brown sugar
  • 50 grams of cherry wine or orange juices
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of treacle or molasses
  • 1/2 tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice

Note a – You can use equal weight of sultanas, dates, raisins, cherries and currants.

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

  • 20 grams of butter
  • 20 grams of plain flour
  • 20 grams of castor sugar (not in picture)
  • 200 grams of ml of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of brandy or cognac or rum

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)


STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Lightly greased a microwaveable container of about 500 ml volume of your choice.

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

  • Melt the butter in the microwave oven or over the stove. When cooled, add the egg, molasses, golden syrup, orange juice or cherry wine. Stir until well mixed.  In another mixing bowl, put all the dry ingredients on the bowl (mixed spices, sugar, mixed fruits, orange peel, plain flour and bread crumbs or biscuit crumbs). Stir until well mixed.

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

  • Add the liquid mixture and stir the ingredients until well combined. Remember to make a wish when you make your first stir… Transfer the ingredients to the greased microwave container, cover with the container lid or loosely with some clingy wrap and cook in the microwave container for 4-5 minutes. Please do not over microwave the pudding as it will make the pudding very dry and you must position the pudding in the centre of the microwave oven to ensure even cooking. (It is considered as cooked when a skewer inserted comes out clean)

  • Leave it in the container for at least 10 minutes before dislodge from the container. You can sprinkle brandy or other preferred alcohol periodically (say once a week) to moisten the pudding and the pudding will develop a lovely flavour after a few weeks. Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before serving.

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

  • Melt the butter in a pan over the stove. Add the plain flour and stir until it form a thick paste. Gradually add the milk and use a hand whisk to whisk until it form a sticky sauce. Add the alcohol and sugar, stir until the sugar have dissolved. Pour on top of the Christmas Pudding before before serving.

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)


CONCLUSION

If you run out of time, this will be a suitable recipe for you… I have not prepared Christmas puddings in previous year because of the timing of traditional method of steaming that need special care and long hours of steaming. This simple recipe will also yield a reasonable impressive pudding. The brandy sauce is definitely delicious and feel free to add more alcohol to suit your taste bud. Remember that you can prepare the pudding now and sprinkle the pudding with alcohol once a week to let it “ mature” and become tastier.. Lastly, don’t forget to make a Christmas wish when you first stir the batter.. Ha-ha

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)


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Quick And Easy Christmas Puddings With Brandy Sauce (圣诞布丁)

  1. very thorough blog post. Glad I came to find you via the snake grass. Early on, I posted an fruit cake, just on eating. Your photos are very professional. I will repost mine on Facebook.

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