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    Iíve made Christmas puddings for years.

    British friends donít hate on me but Iíve Americanized it over years. Iíve slowly replaced raisins, sultanas and currants with dried cherries, cranberries and blueberries. Everything else about the recipe is the same.

    This yearís was excellent.

    Whatcha got?

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    Hhhhhmmmm, Ken made a Christmas pudding yesterday. It was his first time, neither one of us had ever tried it.

    We were inspired by the song, you know the one.

    He got the recipe out out of a cookbook. It was...okay! The taste was really good but the consistency and texture was a little strange our tastes. It looks right....but never having had one we don’t have anything to compare his to.

    Speaking on a zoom call with my mother today, she recalled how her mother and grandmother would make one every year. She said they used suet in making theirs. Can you even buy suet in the USA?
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    Christmas pud should be made weeks in advance and allowed to mature, then boiled again for a second time when needed.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Nick,

    How would you describe the proper consistency?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    Nick,

    How would you describe the proper consistency?
    Wen cold, like a hard cheese. When hot like a heavy fruit cake, but less crumbly and more coherent.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I do not enjoy cooked milk, so i prefer mine with brandy (or rum) butter.
    I also fry slices with my breakfast fry up. Like a richer version of clootie dumpling.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I used brandy for the flambť and Ken made a dark rum sauce to pour on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    Can you even buy suet in the USA?

    Your butcher will hook you up.

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    Our tradition is to listen to Dylan Thomas reading 'A Child's Christmas in Wales'
    I did make a trifle this year.
    Our celebration hasn't taken place yet, next weekend, most likely. Grandson got exposed on the school bus, so we have to wait.

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    Made these last year. Made five, ate one last year and one yesterday, gave one to a friend:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Christmas pud should be made weeks in advance and allowed to mature, then boiled again for a second time when needed.
    I didn’t make up mine this year until November 27. Normally I make it as close to All Saint’s Day as possible...the weekend before or after.

    Something close to a cup of Gosling’s Black Rum was added along the way.

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    My good wife made a pudding using the recipe that my mother always used. We didn't light it on fire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    Can you even buy suet in the USA?
    What Kevin said.

    But I’m a vegetarian, so I use Crisco and a variation of the BBC recipe. https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/r...aspudding_8935

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    Mum's Christmas Pudding was legendary and universally loved by all in the family.
    She kept the recipe secret, having got it from her Mum and sworn to secrecy.
    However, she passed the recipe on to to me and my sister under the same conditions.
    I haven't made it for a few years though as only I in my family wiould eat it.
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    Great grandma's English recipe is now made for 6 or7 households by my brother. Makes them in August, with a decent slug of good scotch as a preservative. One went to my nephew who lives in HoHot in Western China, and an urgent email came about how to convert Chinese custard to the sort he wanted. Mr google is not available so easily in China. But at 1.00 am our time the information went out and Xmas dinner was saved!

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    Do you put money in it over there?
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    Used to, mostly a small silver threpenny bit. That disappeared with decimal coinage and we kept them year to year. But with not many kids in thr family that faded. I think I remember small silver tokens which was the original but maybe i'm just creating that memory as we were not a flush family as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I also fry slices with my breakfast fry up.

    I tried this suggestion with my morning breakfast of pan seared ham and scrambled eggs.

    It was an excellent accompaniment, thank you Sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skip kilpatrick View Post
    i tried this suggestion with my morning breakfast of pan seared ham and scrambled eggs.

    It was an excellent accompaniment, thank you sir!
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Since building a yearround greenhouse, I always pick ripe tomatoes on Christmas.




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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Used to, mostly a small silver threpenny bit. That disappeared with decimal coinage and we kept them year to year. But with not many kids in thr family that faded. I think I remember small silver tokens which was the original but maybe i'm just creating that memory as we were not a flush family as a kid.
    I didn't mean over there in Victoria!
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    I've never had figgy puddin, but I'm 100% sure, pumpkin pie tastes better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    I've never had figgy puddin, but I'm 100% sure, pumpkin pie tastes better.


    You'd be wrong.Though we both have nostalgia on our side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    I've never had figgy puddin, but I'm 100% sure, pumpkin pie tastes better.
    You cannot be serious.
    Figgy Puddin’ by Hourglass Brewing
    Imperial Porter with vanilla, lactose, figs, cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, nutmeg. Great!!!
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    ^ I like porter and I like Christmas pudding.

    Separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    I've never had figgy puddin, but I'm 100% sure, pumpkin pie tastes better.
    I've had both this Xmas, prefer the pud, but then I like dried fruit as a snack all year round. My tastes indoctrinated in my scouting and XC skiing days as a part of scroggin.

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    Years ago we had New year's Eve at an englishman's house. We had a plum pudding. After we ate it his wife mentioned how hard it was to get the proper suet. my vegetarian brothers looked at each other. "It was sinfully delicious."
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    I’ve made Christmas puddings for years.

    British friends don’t hate on me but I’ve Americanized it over years. I’ve slowly replaced raisins, sultanas and currants with dried cherries, cranberries and blueberries. Everything else about the recipe is the same.

    This year’s was excellent.

    Whatcha got?

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    My Dear chap.
    Whatever you choose to put in your pudding is entirely your affair, you are the one eating it. However your mangling of the English language, is unforgivable, "hate on me" what is that supposed to mean? My primary school English teacher would have give you a good caning for that.
    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    You had a primary school English teacher? We had a primary school teacher.
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    Maybe that some confusion is creeping in? Figgy pudding has figs in it and no suet. Christmas pud has no figs. Figgy pudding can be either baked or steamed.
    Ingredients

    https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/...istmas-pudding
    or alternatively https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/229863/figgy-pudding/
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    When I was about twelve years old, at home without adult supervision, during summer vacation, I decided to make a treat for dinner, and used Mom's ancient Betty Crocker cookbook to look up something and found steamed pudding. I had no idea what it really was or supposed to be like; I just wanted pudding for dessert, and my only experience with that was the Jello brand that comes in dry in box to mix with milk and refrigerate. The same stuff you get in the hospital in a little plastic cup after having your tonsils out. So I followed the recipe exactly and what I got was a big round tacky, moist dark brown mass in the pot on the stove. 'But it was 'wrong' and no one, brothers or friends over, wanted any. The adults still weren't back home, so I pigged on it a bit, right out of the warm pan, and tossed the rest.

    It's been half a century, maybe I should give it another try...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    You had a primary school English teacher? We had a primary school teacher.
    Each year had a class teacher, plus the headmistress. The headmistress took English and one of the others was semi specialist in maths / arithmetic. The specialist may take their subject while the displaced teacher or the headmistress took over the year class. Not including the first couple of years which just used class teachers..
    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    Every year SWMBO makes Christmas Cake - basically a fruitcake with rum-soaked fruit, candied peel and other such ingredients - always wrapped with marzipan and royal icing with marzipan decorations - usually holly leaves and berries.

    SWMBO Jr. has gotten into making a Buche de Noel. This year’s was particularly good. Chocolate sponge with whipped cream containing Godiva chocolate liqueur, and a ganache with Kahlua. Decorated with meringue mushrooms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Q View Post
    My Dear chap.
    Whatever you choose to put in your pudding is entirely your affair, you are the one eating it. However your mangling of the English language, is unforgivable, "hate on me" what is that supposed to mean? My primary school English teacher would have give you a good caning for that.
    Ah, you caught it! ďHate onĒ is a truly American phrase that comes from 1990s hip-hop but has entered general usage. https://english.stackexchange.com/qu...n-of-hating-on

    As we are two nations separated by a common language it seemed right to choose a cloying American phrase to ask British friends about a British tradition.

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    Another tradition is the Yule Log.

    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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