The mixture is significantly less moist than when it was first mixed. This recipe makes two puddings, a 1 and 1/2 quart size, and a second, larger, 2 and 1/2 quart size. Hi Cheryl – Please do feel free to post this article on Facebook. Mairéad. I so look forward to my Christmas Day dessert. Place approximately two-thirds of the pudding mixture in the larger bowl, and the remainder in the smaller glass steaming bowl. Here is a side view of the mixture in the glass bowl. Ruth – Most traditional pudding recipes call for suet, but when I was growing up my Mom just used butter instead. Just what I needed for my first attempt. I may try Christmas Pudding in smaller puddings to give as gifts also. Next she placed the pudding bowl into the roasting pan and filled it with boiling water to just about an inch from the top. Many slow cooker manufacturers have instructions for Christmas puddings in their handbooks and so we would suggest seeing if they have any guidelines, as cookers can vary. Now I just make it without them. This year I decided to make tamales, again! Take a deep breath and inhale the wonderful aroma of Christmas pudding wafting through the air. Best wishes, I have been steaming my Christmas pudding for 20 years, a wonderful way to save time and no need to worry about topping up the water as in the old traditional method. Before I found this forum I just guessed and the first one has been on high for 5 hours and I’ve just now turned it to low – do you think it’ll be OK? Thanks in advance if you do utilize this link for your Irish shopping. Many thank for stopping by and for checking out my recipe and cooking tutorial. I just made a Christmas Pudding – Gluten Free and did a blog post with a link back to your site…you can see it here. If the answer is yes, how long should I cook it? I have always re-heated left over Christmas pudding the next day in the microwave and it’s fine. Christmas pudding and Christmas cake are very similar due to the spices used and they form an integral part of Christmas for many. To make a lifting handle, use additional aluminum foil that is long enough to fit over the bottom and sides of the bowl, plus 8 to 10 additional inches. Place a steamer basket or rack into the pressure cooker; then lower the pudding bowl over the rack or into the basket. The weeks of storage serve to mature the flavors of the stout and spirits in the pudding, but the difference would probably only be apparent to a Christmas pudding expert. I’ve been making our family recipe for Christmas pudding for years now but this year I’m trying your version because it has so many different types of fruit and sounds yummy. Hi Emilia – I have only ever used glass bowls. Add water to the crockpot to cover three-quarters of the height of the pudding bowl. Janice – I love my crock pot for steaming puddings. This is a circle of crumpled aluminum foil that you can sit the bowl upon before adding the water. That’s when I decided to try my crockpot, and the results were fantastic. It’s always wonderful to hear from readers and to learn from their cooking experience. I came across your crock pot recipe for christmas pudding – love the idea of using a crock pot! It’s simply non-negotiable. And can I (for the sake of getting them all done) put them in a low oven in a water bath, all wrapped up as directed? Glad you found this post to help with cooking your Scottish ‘Clootie Dumpling’. I use a 7-quart crockpot to cook the larger pudding, and a 4-quart one for the smaller pudding. I want to make a traditional Scottish ‘Clootie Dumpling’ in my slow cooker and wanted to see how to steam a fruit pudding, I’ll definitely be giving it a go. I do find currants in the stores here in Indianapolis–this year I had more trouble than usual. Thanks for sharing your family recipes. glad to hear your puddings are steamed and stored, and maturing nicely for the perfect Christmas feast. Prestige: Pressure Cooker Christmas Pudding, Fine Cooking: Desserts From a Pressure Cooker, Go Presto: How to Use Your Pressure Cooker, WearEver: Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Pressure Cooker. I really appreciate when readers share my blog posts on social media. Don’t know whether to pull it out now to have a look or not. It is always wonderful to hear from readers. Mairéad, Hello Mairead! Best wishes, Steam the pudding for the amount of time appropriate for its size -- you will be steaming it first, then cooking at low pressure. Congratulations on your award: your blog is truly exceptional. Emily – Once refrigerated the mixture should be fine for 48 to 72 hours, so you can let the mixture mature for 24 hours, then cook one pudding the next day and the final one the next day. Hi Debbie – I’m delighted your first Christmas pudding was a great success. I so pleased I came across your website. Room temperature, fridge? Fill each of the bowls with pudding mixture to within one inch of the bowl rim. Cover the bowls with a large piece of parchment paper, with a fold creased into the center. Now tie another knot 5 or six inches above the knot at the center of the bowl. Set the vent to Open, or the manufacturer's setting for steam-only, no-pressure cooking. Cook the Christmas pudding at low pressure for the amount of time appropriate to its size. No need to freeze them. Sophie – Thanks for checking out my blog. All the best, At the end of cooking, lift the bowl out of the crockpot using the handle created earlier. I have used my grandmother’s recipe for the last few years, carrying on her tradition of cooking this recipe for over 70years of her life. No Victorian-style holiday season is complete without a Christmas pudding gracing the table. Grease two glass bowls by brushing them with melted butter inside. Happy 2013 and may we meet soon. Hi! I have always used her recipe which includes many of the ingredients you and your mother use; however, my recipe call for suet–which I have faithly used. Happy Holidays everyone! Thanks for letting us know your plans – the crockpot really is a versatile tool. Pour the melted butter over the fruit mixture and combine well together. Brush the inside of two glass pudding bowls, that can withstand boiling temperatures, with melted butter. Next we have to prepare the bowl for steaming. Make sure to keep exposed skin away from the steam vent. It took a little while for me to persuade the supposed dried fruit-haters of the family to try my homemade ones but one bowlful and the most staunch Christmas pudding opponents have been convinced of … The only time I go to the trouble of reheating one in my crock pot is when I want to set it alight. It truly is a wonderful cooking appliance, perfect for steaming a traditional Irish Christmas pudding. I note there is no suet in your recipe. Prepare the bowl as outlined above and res-team on high for 1½ hours in a crockpot. I will make anther one next year Now on to the Sheppard Pie! Mairéad. Mairéad. Mairéad. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe in all its intricate details! Place the bowl over the thread approximately 3 feet from the end. Thanks for the tip on crockpot steaming, I wouldn’t have thought of that but it is a lot easier. All the best, I have always used a glass pyrex bowl when making my Christmas puddings. Paddy, Hi Paddy – I think you should have no problem cooking your puddings in a crockpot using your Grandmother’s recipe. Yummy!!! Then she put two long strips of aluminum foil crosswise on top of the kitchen counter.
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