Mary’s Grandmother’s Plum Pudding
Well anything with pudding, brandy and butter in it is going to be bad for you, but the holidays just aren’t the same without some wonderful delicious traditional desserts! My grandmother loved to bake and was great at it. She had 11 children and every Christmas she would make 11 Plum puddings, as gifts to her children. Only my dad, my sister Helen, and I liked plum pudding, so we were able to have it stretch out for days! Yum yum!!! The bad part about Granny making it every year was that I never learned to make it till till years after she passed away. I had to endure a few years of store bought puddings, before I thought to ask my aunts for grandma’s recipe. I have been making it for years now and it always signifies the start of Christmas for me. I send my dad one, every Christmas, since my mum hates plum puddings and never makes it! Christmas cake is her speciality….. I’ll have to post that recipe next time!
8 oz ( 2 cup approx) Self-Rising Flour
1/2 cup Guinness ( of course!!!- don’t forget to drink the rest)
2 Tbs Mixed Spice (equal parts allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg & ginger)
2Tbs Black Treacle* see photo
1 tsp Salt
16 oz Butter
8 oz Bread Crumbs
16 oz Brown Sugar,
16 oz Raisins
16 oz Sultanas (golden raisins)
16 oz Currants
4 oz Mixed Candied Peel
4 oz Glace Cherries
2 med Grated Carrots
6 Beaten Eggs
Zest of lemon/ orange
Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Store overnight in cool place. Place in one large pyrex bowl, or divide mixture between smaller pyrex bowls. Place parchment paper on top of pudding and wrap whole bowl in plenty of tin foil. You don’t want water getting into the pudding during steaming. Steam** for 6 hours to cook. After steaming wrap the cooled bowls in more tin foil and store for 3-4 weeks in cool place such as your cellar or garage (do not refrigerate). This allows the pudding to age and all the flavors to fully develop.
Powdered (Icing ) Sugar
With a mixer blend equal parts butter and powdered sugar. Add brandy to taste! I usually start with 1-2 capfuls depending on how much I’m making. Add it slowly and taste frequently. You should be able to taste the brandy, without feeling like you will get drunk on one spoonful! Store in fridge but allow to sit at room temperature for 60 minutes before serving.
To Serve the Plum Pudding, reheat it by steaming it for about an hour or so. When ready to serve, pour whisky over it generously and light with a flame! Cut pudding and serve with delicious brandy butter!
* Black treacle- An Irish cupboard (press) staple!
** This is the pot I used to Steam my pudding in .
Lindsay’s Easy & Yummy 4 Ingredient Ice-Cream
I LOVE the holidays, I allow myself free- time to bake, cook, and eat . I LOVE to bake and when I was traveling for work, I was a baking machine, it was my stress relief!! Now that I am running a business from home I do not bake as much as I once did, so the holidays give me the perfect excuse.
My Mom and I get together every year for the past 15 years, and bake different types of cookies, brownies and bars. We have become more efficient through the years, we have learned to pre-bake the cookies ahead of time, and spend the day decorating instead of cooking. I was going to share a wonderful cookie recipe with you but I was stopped dead in my tracks this week when my neighbor, Ruby, made me homemade ice cream. Ruby grew up in Pakistan, and made my Mom’s workout group a wonderful Pakistan lunch. This was the first time I had ever tried food from this region. The food was amazing but the ice cream was unbelievable. It was a dessert her family often made, it is so simple to make, and can be tailored to your individual taste. So I had to share!!!!!
4 INGREDIENT ICE CREAM!
1 small can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Regular Size Can Evaporated Milk
1 Pint Size Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Slices of any type of bread
Using a blender:, I placed the four ingredients into the blender and turned it on. My kids have been loving the peppermint frozen yogurt flavor at our local shop, so I added a 1/2 box of candy canes into the blender. I blended until it was all incorporated and poured it into a 9X13 pan.
FREEZE: Freeze about two hours and cut into squares, then allow to fully freeze.
You can tailor the taste to your needs, Ruby served the ice cream plain, with a few pistachios mixed inside. You could add fruit, chocolate candy, syrups, sprinkles, or any flavor. Super simple and the kids loved it!
Kellie’s Famous Salsa
6&6 has struggled with whether to post our pre-scheduled
holiday recipes this week. Our hearts are so heavy for the victims in Connecticut…our prayers go out to them. We’ve decided to carry on, giving our readers inspiration to change their health, workouts or relationships for the better.
I am not a baker. I’m learning. Mary and Lindsay buy organic wheat flour, baking powder and cooking utensils for me while encouraging me to try recipes. I’ve made huge strides and now bake Paleo-type cookie bars, homemade pancakes, and organic banana bread. For the Christmas season though, I refuse to bake cookies!!! I make salsa! I have to brag and say it truly is amazing! It is made with organic canned tomatoes, organic peppers and lots of love. This is a great neighbor give away too…everyone gets tired of sugary, fatty cookies. I put the salsa into cute little mason jars with a bow, a festive Ziploc bag of quality, tortilla chips from a local company and a Christmas card. My neighbors really look forward to it and have come to ask me when it will be delivered. Here is the recipe:
Kellie’s Famous Salsa
4 yellow peppers
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch organic cilantro
1 bunch organic green onions
1 large can organic whole tomatoes
1 small can Ortega chopped chiles (mild)
Boil the peppers and garlic for 8-10 minutes until soft. Add to food processor or blender until it is paste-like. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse for chunky salsa. Turn on for several minutes for smooth evenly blended salsa.
So this Christmas season, find a recipe that you like to make and that is amazing. Enjoy the process! Giving a gift should be a joy for you, and for the recipient. If making cookies or another sweet dessert is a chore that you dread…skip it! I tried making cookies for years and years. After burning dozens of cookies, yelling at my kids and spending dreaded hours making them perfect, I am much happier now! Have a wonderful, stress-free salsa holiday!