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Plum Pudding (My version)

29 Dec

Recently, I accompanied my mom to a lunch with her friends. I realise that all of us are actually big time foodies. There must be about 12-13 ladies plus me ( I include myself as a girl 😉 ) , the only conversation I heard was about food, food and food. Trust me, for all those women eating or cooking, whatever it maybe it’s a passion. I really had an amazing time sharing their kitchen and food experiences in the restaurant.

While all of us were chating, one of mom’s friend asked me to prepare a plum pudding. Since then I thought to prepare plum pudding for this Christmas. This requires a special ingredient ‘suet’, which is unfortunately not available in India. I went to the best stores in town but couldn’t find one. So you can say this is somewhat my version of preparing this Plum Pudding.

It is as simple as a cake. This requires soaking of the raisins, currents, glazed cherries and prunes a little ahead of time. This tastes like a fruity cake with some mixed spice. Use of brown sugar is important in this cake as it gives the colour and unique taste to this cake. If you have ever tasted a plum pudding and liked it, you wont be dissapointed with this one as the substitutes for this recipe are just right.

So lets get started!

This needs to be started atleast a week in advance. Soak the raisins, glazed cherries, prunes, lemon rind and currents in Brandy/Rum. Cover it and Keep aside. After 2-3 days add a little more of Rum if you like the taste of it.

Beat the butter, brown sugar and vanilla essence. Add the eggs one by one!!

Mix the flour, nutmeg powder, mixed spice, baking podwer and cinnamon powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar batter.  Add the raisins, currents, cherries and prunes.

Pour the mixture over a greased baking tray. I made small cakes but a round tin 9” would also be ideal. Cover it with foil. Use a big baking dish and pour water over it and keep the cake tin in the water bath. Bake it for 1 hour @ 150 degree celcius.

Bring it hot from the oven and dust some icing sugar over the cake. And serve it in the most festive style!!

Pretty Christmas!! Enjoy the fruity flavor!

Makes: 20 small cakes/ 1 round cake 9”

Preparation Time: 1 week for soaking and 20 minutes

Baking Time: 1 hour

For this I used:

  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup glazed cherries
  • 3/4 cup prunes, scissored into pieces
  • 175ml Rum/Brandy
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup butter

Method:

  1. Put the currants, sultanas and scissored prunes into a bowl with the Rum/ Brandy, swill the bowl a bit, then cover with clingfilm and leave to steepovernight or for up to 1 week.
  2. Grease the baking tin and prepare water bath. (Water Bath: Take a bigger baking dish which can accomodate your actual baking tin). Pre-heat the oven at 150 degree celcius.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients such as flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, mixed spice and baking powder.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla essence and eggs one by one.
  5. Mix in all the dry ingredients. And ask for your Christmas wish.
  6. Add the steeped fruits, scraping in every last drop of liquor with a rubber spatula, and mix to combine thoroughly.
  7. Pour the mixture into a prepared baking dish. Cover it with a foil. Put in the oven for 1 hour.
  8. When it’s had its 1 hour, remove gingerly (you don’t want to burn yourself) and, when manageable, unwrap the foil.
  9. To serve, unmold the pudding and dust the icing sugar over it.
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Three Cheese & Sour Cream French Toast

23 Dec

Looking out for Christmas breakfast…u needn’t go any further. This recipes which I have got is relatively simple but needs to be prepared a night in advance. This a different version of a french toast or you could also call it a savoury bread pudding. Whatever you wanna call it, but the flavors in this toast are divine. Its got the most tempting ingredients such as sour cream and delicious flavors of three cheeses i.e Cheddar, Gouda and Parmesan. Somehow I feel each one of us, since childhood become addicted to cheese, cheese and cheese. This addiction hasn’t left till now.

This bread sort of melts into your mouth. It tastes somewhat like the filling in quiche. Its soft, gooey and eggy bread. Its serves as a complete morning breakfast or an evening snack.

Pop in chopped spring onions and a garlic clove into a blender.

Throw in the eggs!!

Add the gooey Cheese Chedar, Pasmesan and Gouda!!

Add the dollops of sour cream. Make it into a sauce. If its thick add some milk.

Layer the bread into a baking dish.

Pour the sauce over it!!

Cover it and keep it in the refrigerator overnight for the flavours to soak in!

In the morning bring it out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature.

Bake it in  the oven for 180 degree celcius for 30 minutes.

Preparation Time: 15 mins + overnight refrigeration;   Cooking Time: 30 mins  Serves: 2-3

Ingredients used:

4 slices of Wheat Bread

150 gm sour cream

1 spring onion

3 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1/2 cup gouda cheese

Preparation:

Firstly, chop the spring onion and place it in a food processor along with the eggs. Add all the cheese, sour cream and salt. Blend it well till it becomes a thick sauce.

Then, Place the bread in a baking dish.

Now, Pour the sauce over the bread. Regrigerate overnight.

Lastly, bring it out of the fridge. Let the dish come to normal room temperation, then put it in Pre-heated oven at 180 degree celcius for 30 minutes.

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