Monday, December 5, 2011

… making the christmas pudding

pudding-mold

i got it together today to finally make the christmas pudding. this is definitely a happy day.

pudding-fruit

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!)

pudding-mise-en-place

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!).

pudding-stirring

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.

pudding-ready

i don't hide coins in the pudding, as one should traditionally, because… well, that's kind of gross.

pudding-steam

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.

22 weeks

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!

7 comments:

  1. I so enjoy reading your advent calender. Thank you so much for sharing! Love the little hand stirring:)

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  2. I'm sure my mom wishes you were her daughter! None of her actual daughters like Christmas pudding, which is her favorite :)

    Ingrid is so darling.

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  3. You have one of the cutest babies I have ever seen! She is adorable!

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  4. Must be the time
    I made mine on Sunday. Good to know I am not the only crafter who blog about making Chistmas puddings.

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  5. You have to wrap the coins in greaseproof paper, or as you say in N America, wax paper, and then it's not kind of gross at all!

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  6. I'm lovin those thighs! Way too cute.

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  7. I love Christmas pudding, hubby's gran always sends us one, cannot wait!

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