I made the Christmas Pudding about a month ago. I use a Marguerite Patten recipe from the December 1986/January 1987 edition of BBC Good Food Magazine.
The recipe has evolved over the years, but I us the recipe because I wanted to make a round Christmas Pudding like in all the pictures on Christmas cards and in films, and the quantities and texture is just right. I got the mould from Boots in 1986 and I’ve been using it ever since.
Recipe for Christmas Pudding
100g/4oz soft breadcrumbs
50g/2oz plain flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground allspice
50g/2oz butter melted
100g/4oz moist brown sugar
75g/3oz grated cooking apple
50g/2oz carrot, finely grated
75g/3oz dried apricots finely chopped
50g/2oz dried prunes finely chopped
100g/4oz mixed crystallised peel, finely chopped
100g/4oz almonds finely chopped
75g/3oz glace cherries, quartered
1 teaspoon each finely grated lemon and orange zest
½ tablespoon each of lemon and orange juice
1 level tablespoon black treacle
1 tablespoon brandy
2 large eggs
150ml/¼ pint ale or stout (if you want a firmer pudding or are making a round one use 75ml)
I recently made a Tardis cake for my son’s birthday. This is a guide on how I did it, what went wrong and what I think I should have done to make it right. If I am ever tempted to do it again, I will be more prepared!
I made lots of 8 inch square cakes. This was the first mistake, I should have made less, smaller, thicker cakes, but we live and learn. Then I did some research to see how other people had made Tardis cakes. There is a lot of variety out there, from the barely recognisable blue blobs (cute but messy!) to the amazingly professional looking ones with lights! There was also the option of the 2D flat cake, but I wanted a proper 3D standing up one.
The observant among you will notice that I did the research after making the cakes, another slight error!
It’s been a year since my last post. I obviously don’t have much to say!
This is my first post. Not sure how often I will blog. Maybe when something interesting happens that I want to share!