I hope you are all a lot more prepared for Christmas than I am. I haven’t got a thing organized. I’ve got a lot of custom orders to make for other people for Christmas this year. So this year I shall be lazy and not make very much. A nice simple Christmas. I plan on going to my Sisters for lunch, she asked me what I would like for Christmas, and I said to do nothing and for her to cook everything, and guess what that’s what I’m getting. Oh she did say I have to make the gravy.
I am so flat out this year for Christmas I haven’t even made a Christmas pudding, I prepared this cake so far in advance, that I ate it last year 🙂 That makes me sound super organized, but really you all know that is not the truth. I never put this recipe up last year as we were all to full to eat it on Christmas and so eat it a few days later.
This recipe is from my all time favourite celebrity chef, the beautiful Nigella Lawson. This pudding is amazing, the cocoa powder adds a 3rd dimension, its a total knock out. I love it, its one for the recipe cards ladies and gents. I have changes a few things around and taken some things I don’t like out but mostly it has stayed true to her recipe. I am sad I don’t have time to make it, well sad I don’t get to eat it this year. Instead I have brought a Christmas pudding, how bad is that, I run a baking blog and brought a pudding.
Oh well I have lots of baking to do for others and that so much more exciting. I am also planning to take Miss Daisy (the caravan) to a music festival on New Years, so lots more cake to bake for that. Oh and I have a book signing this weekend at Collins Book store in Moonee Ponds so if your around come say hi and grab a book and some cake, or if you can’t make it, just order one online from my store and I will post it to you tomorrow, it makes a great Christmas present.
Happy baking xxx
- 100g pipped prunes chopped
- 300g dates chopped
- 300g currants
- 2 apples grated
- 200ml brandy
- 100g bread crumbs
- 100g flour
- 100g ground almonds
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 100g dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cardamon
- 2 eggs
- 150ml sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Place the prunes, dates, currents, grated apple and brandy into a large saucepan and simmer for 10mins. Remove from and heat set aside.
- Place the bread crumbs, flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon into a bowl and combine.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the saucepan and stir to combine. Stir through the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
- Butter you pudding steamer and then coat in flour, pour the mixture in and then cover in a piece of baking paper with a fold in it and place the lid on.
- Place the steamer into a huge saucepan, I normally place a small plate into bottom of the saucepan for the steamer to sit on, so it doesn't burn. Pour in some boiling water so the water covers ¾ of the steamer. Boil for 4 hours, keep checking the water level as you will need to top this up regularly.
- Remove and wait for Christmas day 🙂
- To re-heat, steamed it for 30mins then serve with some custard and cream.
- If you want to flambe it. Place some brand into a saucepan light it and pour over the pudding.