Monday, December 5, 2011
i got it together today to finally make the christmas pudding. this is definitely a happy day.
with my dried fruit completely brandy-soaked, it was time to get down to business. (there's raisins, currants, figs, apricots, tart cherries and candied lemon peel in there… yum!)
i am a fan of mise en place. it makes cooking and baking so much easier. and i know one is supposed to use suet when making a traditional plum pudding, but i don't believe in suet. so i use butter (the horror!).
everyone in the house is supposed to give the pudding a stir, but c was at work so the task fell to ingrid and me. ingrid is a surprisingly good stirrer.
i don't hide coins in the pudding, as one should traditionally, because… well, that's kind of gross.
so, the pudding spent the evening steaming away while it made the house smell delicious, and now it's been put away to rest in a cool place until christmas, when we will re-steam it for several hours, top it with a sprig of holly, flame it with brandy and enjoy the heck out of it.
fabric: lizzie house peeps towers in dusk (from the 1001 peeps collection)
and bonus christmas love! it's my 22-week-old baby. in other words, she turned five months yesterday. wow!