Monday, December 5, 2011

… making the christmas pudding


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.

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!


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

  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.

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

  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.

  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!

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

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