Cooking With Catherine-Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter

Cooking With Catherine-Christmas Pudding and Brandy Butter

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Welcome back chefs! I can’t believe that it is the beginning of November already and the Holiday season is just around the corner. With the weather getting cooler and the meals getting heartier, it is a great time to start planning your Christmas meal. A classic British dessert and Middleton favorite that is sure to wow your guests is Christmas Pudding with brandy butter from Pippa’s book Celebrate. This dessert is similar to a fruit cake and was traditionally made with thirteen ingredients to represent Christ and the twelve apostles. A coin was also added to the ingredients and was said to bring wealth to whoever found it! With all of the time and preparation it takes to make this, I can definitely see Kate and Pippa joining forces in the kitchen while spreading a little Christmas cheer!

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Stirring the Christmas Pudding via Pippa Middleton’s Celebrate

*Please note that this pudding must be made a month in advance so that the flavors have time to develop*

Ingredients: (serves 8-10)

  • 1 1/3 pounds of chopped mixed dried fruit
  • 4 oz of candied citrus peel
  • 1 large peeled and grated cooking apple
  • 2 teaspoons each of pumpkin pie spice and ground cinnamon
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup of packed soft brown sugar
  • 5 oz of halved glace cherries
  • 1 large peeled grated carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups of ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1/3 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup of brandy or Calvados
  • 1/4 cup of stout or dark ale
  • 2 beaten eggs photo (66)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together
  2. Leave mixture for two hours or preferably overnight

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3.  Pour the mixture into a 1-quart high-sided deep bowl and cover securely with a lid or foil.

4. Put a metal trivet or rack in the bottom of a large saucepan, fill it half full of water and bring it to a simmer.

5.  Carefully lower the pudding bowl into the pan and rest it on the trivet.

6. Cover, and adjust heat to maintain a gentle boil.

7. Steam the pudding, filling the pan as necessary with more water so the bowl is partially submerged for 7 hours.

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8. Store in a cool, dry dark place until Christmas Day. To reheat, steam again for 1 to  2 hours until completely warmed through. Enjoy with brandy butter.

Brandy butter ingredients (serves 8-10)

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup of packed soft light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of brandy

Directions:

  1. Mix butter, orange zest, and brown sugar until thoroughly combined.
  2. Gradually add the brandy while mixing until you have a creamy, smooth paste. (this will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days)

 

When I first heard that I would be tackling this recipe, I was a bit intimidated to be honest. Made a month in advance? Steaming for 7 hours? This sounded very intense! While it definitely was a labor of love, I admired all of the tradition it is steeped in and look forward to perfecting my method over the years. It didn’t come out perfectly but I was pleased for my first try. The flavors are plentiful and it has a rich, warm, earthy taste. So don’t be scared to tackle this recipe, it is what Kate would do!

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Christina J.

Christina J. is the writer of Keeping Up with the Cambridges for What Would Kate Do? When she's not dreaming of Prince Harry, she can be found experimenting in the kitchen, and watching Masterpiece television. She resides in New York.
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