I’ve never had shop bought a Christmas pudding before and now I’m married and spend Christmas with the in-laws my mother in law is the Christmas pudding maker. I’d really rather relish making one myself but I fear it would be rude to step on my the toes of a woman who has been making Christmas pudding for her family for nearly forty years. Plus her pudding is AMAZING. Seriously – be jealous.
The people at Matthew Walker sent Mr Thrifty and I a Christmas pudding to try. We treated it a bit like an unexploded bomb, put it on a table, backed away and peeked back every now and then. Neither of us in our 27 years had encountered a Christmas pudding that wasn’t on a plate with brandy butter already. How on earth does one cook a Christmas pudding? We bit the bullet, read the blurb and then wimped out and read the Matthew Walker website. On the website we discovered all manner of things you can do with the pudding.Mr Thrifty and I occasionally have our own ‘romantic’ Christmas dinner in mid December. We have lots of champagne, guinea fowl followed by a cheesecake or something, because who wants to have two Christmas puds so close together?So, we cooked the Christmas pudding (in the microwave!) and boy did the house smell of Christmas, mmm delicious.We then had Stuffed Peaches with Mascarpone Cream, the recipe for which can be found at the bottom of this page. It’s a testament to my lack of imagination to say that I’d never thought of making something a bit different with Christmas pudding, using it as an ingredient itself, but I can quickly see trying something new with a pud each year will become part of our Christmas tradition.
The pudding was jam packed full of fruits, cut beautifully with a subtle and moist flavour. If I ever get round to making a pudding (and I can’t see that any time in the future unless, God forbid, my lovely MIL croaks it) I’d be extremely happy if it tasted this good.