It Is Not Christmas Without The Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding Christmas pudding is traditionally served at the end of Christmas dinner.  It is a steamed brown pudding containing raisins, cherries, and nuts.  The pudding is traditionally covered in brandy and then lit as it is being brought to...

Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding is traditionally served at the end of Christmas dinner.  It is a steamed brown pudding containing raisins, cherries, and nuts.  The pudding is traditionally covered in brandy and then lit as it is being brought to the table.  It is normally served with a custard or brandy sauce.

The Christmas pudding is rich in history. The Sunday before Advent is traditionally the day to make the Christmas pudding. When making the Christmas pudding, it is important to stir the pudding from east to west in honor of the Wise Men’s journey to find the Christ child. Also, each family member us to take a turn at stirring and as they do, they are to make a Christmas wish. Some families, even hide a silver coin to be found on Christmas.

The long list of ingredients may seem to be overwhelming, but this recipe from About.com breaks it down into easy to follow steps. Remember to make the Christmas pudding well in advance because the flavors need time to develop. Most puddings are put into a cupboard or basement and forgot about until Christmas.

Brandy sauce is traditionally served with the Christmas pudding. Dark rum can be used as a substitute if desired. A custard sauce is also traditionally used to top the Christmas pudding. Even though it is not traditional, a vanilla bean ice cream would make a lovely addition to the Christmas pudding.

If you are looking for something to serve with the Christmas pudding or you cannot get enough of the pudding taste, try a taste of Christmas pudding gin. All the ingredients that go into making the pudding are steeped in gin. Once the steeping time is over, the gin is re-distilled resulting in a spicy flavored gin.

Christmas is a time for traditions and most of these traditions begin with the food that we serve. If you are looking for a traditional recipe for Christmas, we will be glad to help. Please feel free to contact us and tell us about your favorite traditional Christmas recipes.