So, all of a sudden, it was the last few days of November and, yet again, I had failed to make a Christmas Pudding. I refused to live in that world and ran to the internet to find a suitable recipe.
Despite my general all-round humbuggy nature, I enjoy Christmas and, particularly all the baking and food preparation. I never used to bake the ‘traditional’ Christmas stuff but after making Nigella’s Chocolate Christmas Cake , I was all about Christmas baking. HOLY MACKEREL THAT IS AN EXCELLENT FRUIT CAKE. I believe, last year, I ended up making two because the first got eaten so quickly. I have all the ingredients sitting, waiting for this year’s one but I am torn about optimum cake baking time. Sooooooon, my pretty.
I looked at Nigella’s pudding in Feast but, I must admit, the addition of blueberries freaked me out a bit. And then I thought about a woman whose baking I need to pay more attention to: Margaret Fulton.
Ultimately, the recipe I chose wasn’t a straight Margaret Fulton one but was bastardised from hers. I chose this pudding recipe from Melbourne Food Files.
And now, the pudding waits for Christmas Day. I will report back on its deliciousness. I think it will be swell though. It smelt amazing when it was steaming.
Do you bake for Christmas? Are you a traditionalist or are you all about the plum pudding ice-cream?