1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 eggs, beaten*
2-4 Tbsp of roast drippings
* If you double the recipe, add an extra egg to the batter.
Sift together the flour and salt in a large bowl.
Form a well in the center.
Add the milk, melted butter, and eggs and beat until the batter is completely smooth (no lumps), the consistency of whipping cream.
Let sit for an hour.
Heat oven to 450°F.
Add roast drippings to a 9×12-inch pyrex or ceramic casserole dish, coating the bottom of the dish.
Heat the dish in the oven for 10 minutes.
For a popover version you can use a popover pan or a muffin pan, putting at least a teaspoon of drippings in the bottom of each well, and place in oven for just a couple minutes.
Carefully pour the batter into the pan (or the wells of muffin/popover pans, filling just 1/3 full), once the pan is hot.
Cook for 15 minutes at 450°F, then reduce the heat to 350°F and cook for 15 to 20 more minutes, until puffy and golden brown.
Cut into squares to serve.
Iced Berry Pudding
Whip the cream in a big bowl so it is softly whipped, then stir in the custard. Put this in the freezer for about an hour and a half, until it is starting to freeze around the edges.
Meanwhile, put the sugar in a pan with 100ml/31⁄2fl oz rum. Heat slowly until the sugar has dissolved, tip in the fruits, and simmer gently for one minute to plump up the fruit. Pour everything into a wide bowl (so it cools as quickly as possible), and leave until cold (about an hour). Add the extra tablespoon of rum for a bit more kick.
Stir the cream and custard with a balloon whisk to break it all up, then stir in the cooled fruit. Pour the mixture into a 1.2 litre/ 2 pint pudding basin, cover and freeze overnight until firm (or for up to 1 month).
To serve, dip the basin quickly into boiling water to loosen the pudding, go round the sides with a round-bladed knife, then turn the pudding out onto a serving plate. Decorate with clusters of frosted bay leaves and grapes (see ‘how to make the decorations’) around the base.
To make the decorations:
Lay the grapes and bay leaves on kitchen paper on a small tray. Lightly beat 1 egg white, then brush all over the grapes and leaves. Roll or sprinkle with caster sugar to cover, then leave to dry. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Recipe Source: BBC Good Food
Ultimate Christmas Pudding
- 150 gram(s) currants
- 150 gram(s) sultanas
- 150 gram(s) prunes (scissored into pieces)
- 175 ml sherry (pedro ximenez)
- 100 gram(s) plain flour
- 125 gram(s) white breadcrumbs
- 150 gram(s) suet
- 150 gram(s) dark muscovado sugar
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- ¼ ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
- 1 lemon(s) (zest and juice)
- 3 medium egg(s)
- 1 medium cooking apple (peeled and grated)
- 2 tablespoon(s) honey
- 125 ml vodka
- Although I stipulate a capacious 1.7 litre/3 pint basin, and cannot extol the utter gloriousness of this pud too much, I know that you’re unlikely to get through most of it, even half of it, at one sitting. But I like the grand, pride instilling size of this, plus it’s wonderful on following days, microwaved in portions after or between meals, with leftover Eggnog Cream, or fried in butter and eaten with vanilla ice cream for completely off-the-chart, midnight-munchyfeasts. But it wouldn’t be out of the question – and it would certainly be in the spirit of the season – to make up the entire quantity of mixture, and share between smaller basins – a 2 pint one for you, a 1 pint one to give away. Three hours’ steaming both first and second time around should do it; just keep theone pudding for yourself, and give the other to a friend, after it’s had its first steaming, and is cool, with the steaming instructions for Christmas Day.
- Put the currants, sultanas and scissored prunes into a bowl with the Pedro Ximénez, swill the bowl a bit, then cover with clingfilm and leave to steep overnight or for up to 1 week.
- When the fruits have had their steeping time, put a large pan of water on to boil, or heat some water in a conventional steamer, and butter your heatproof plastic pudding basin (or basins), remembering to grease the lid, too.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the remaining pudding ingredients, either in the traditional manner or just any old how; your chosen method of stirring, and who does it, probably won’t affect the outcome of your wishes or your Christmas.
- Add the steeped fruits, scraping in every last drop of liquor with a rubber spatula, and mix to combine thoroughly, then fold in cola-cleaned coins or heirloom charms. If you are at all frightened about choking-induced fatalities at the table, do leave out the hardware.
- Scrape and press the mixture into the prepared pudding basin, squish it down and put on the lid. Then wrap with a layer of foil (probably not necessary, but I do it as I once had a lid-popping and water-entering experience when steaming a pudding) so that the basin is watertight, then either put the basin in the pan of boiling water (to come halfway up the basin) or in the top of a lidded steamer (this size of basin happens to fit perfectly in the top of my all-purpose pot) and steam for 5 hours, checking every now and again that the water hasn’t bubbled away.
- When it’s had its 5 hours, remove gingerly (you don’t want to burn yourself) and, when manageable, unwrap the foil, and put the pudding in its basin somewhere out of the way in the kitchen or, if you’re lucky enough, a larder, until Christmas Day.
- On the big day, rewrap the pudding (still in its basin) in foil and steam again, this time for 3 hours. Eight hours combined cooking time might seem a faff, but it’s not as if you need to do anything to it in that time.
- To serve, remove from the pan or steamer, take off the lid, put a plate on top, turn it upside down and give the plastic basin a little squeeze to help unmould the pudding. Then remove the basin – and voilà, the Massively Matriarchal Mono Mammary is revealed. (Did I forget to mention the Freudian lure of the pudding beyond its pagan and Christian heritage?)
- Put the sprig of holly on top of the dark, mutely gleaming pudding, then heat the vodka in a small pan (I use my diddy copper butter-melting pan) and the minute it’s hot, but before it boils – you don’t want the alcohol to burn off before you attempt to flambé it – turn off the heat, strike a match, stand back and light the pan of vodka, then pour the flaming vodka over the pudding and take it as fast as you safely can to your guests. If it feels less dangerous to you (I am a liability and you might well be wiser not to follow my devil-may-care instructions), pour the hot vodka over the pudding and then light the pudding. In either case, don’t worry if the holly catches alight; I have never known it to be anything but singed.
- Serve with the Eggnog Cream, which you can easily make – it’s the work of undemanding moments – while the pudding’s steaming.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Make the Christmas pudding up to 6 weeks ahead. Keep in a cool, dark place, then proceed as recipe on Christmas Day.
FREEZE AHEAD TIP: Make and freeze the Christmas pudding for up to 1 year ahead. Thaw overnight at room temperature and proceed as recipe on Christmas Day.
Recipe Source: Nigella