Before I forget, please feel free to play a bit with the ingredients, add things at the back of the cupboard that need using up even.
What is Stir-Up Sunday? Traditionally the day the pudding mix is prepared and it starts soaking in booze. It is the traditional day for everybody in the family to take a turn at stirring the pudding while making a wish. It needs to be stirred both in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction.
In fact, NOW is the moment to start soaking the fruit in booze.
Stage 2: Cook pudding ahead so that it has time to mature, feel free to have a tipple and a party, get everyone stirring in both directions, swirls are totally allowed too, above all if you have young children.
Stage 3: Warm up pudding on Christmas day, feel free to have a tipple, or two. Don’t forget the Christmas Crackers!
Can you tell I can’t really drink on my medication?
Vanessa’s notes: This is how I did it using fresh spelt breadcrumbs which I had in the freezer, luxury mixed fruit from Waitrose instead of just sultanas to which I added the other dried fruit and mixed peel plus a mixture of chopped pistachios and walnuts and also some California prunes and dried cranberries.
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Christmas Pudding
2 tbsp orange flower water
Juice and rind of one orange
Run out of time for your fruit to soak plenty? Try this tip by the brilliant Catherine Phipps, when she told me about this it was with rum but worth trying for this too (note: I’ve not tested this): put the fruit in pressure cooker, cover with the ginger wine, press Manual, programme 0 minutes and do a quick release when it finishes.
Stage 2: Stir-Up Sunday, 20th November 2016 (or whenever you have time to stir it up at least 5 weeks before Christmas so that the pudding has time to mature)
|Vanessa’s Christmas Puddings 2015: She used a three litre basin and four mini pudding basins|
On Christmas Day warm up your pudding in your Instant Pot, or on the stove like Vanessa did. Vanessa actually made one very large pudding (3 pint basin) and 4 mini ones, she tells us: I
chose to steam the large one on the stove on Christmas day for three
hours as my Instant Pot was busy doing something else. But the choice is
Let me know if you try it!
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