The Queen's Christmas Pudding
Even if you don't like dried fruit, you'll agree this Christmas pudding is special and delicious. There's no sugar added, and no spices, either—it's perfect as is! Serve with vanilla ice cream, heavy cream, or crème anglaise.
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A Truly Regal Holiday Dessert
I'm not British, so I didn't grow up eating Christmas pudding, but as a young boy signing in the school chorus, I did participate in a Madrigal Concert every year at Christmas. It was a basically a holiday-themed buffet dinner with us students providing the free entertainment. We literally had to sing for our supper. And yes, I still know all the words to "Scarborough Fair."
The highlight of the evening was a procession through the dinning hall, where a rather large Christmas pudding was paraded around while we sang some song I can't remember. After which, the pudding was cut and served, and everybody hated it. Or, at least us kids did, and we couldn't figure out why the adults seemed to be enjoying it so much. Eventually, we figured out it was probably all that wassail they drank.
Anyway, despite not being a fan at a young age, I do love The Great British Baking Show, and I'm huge fans of both Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. And after seeing them present versions of this impressive steamed fruitcake over the years, I decided to give it a go, and I was very happy with the results. So happy in fact, I deemed it "fit for a Queen," as the name would indicate. This has a great texture, a lovely taste, and contains no added sugar, and I really do hope you give it a try soon. Enjoy!
When chopping your dried fruit, grease the sides of your knife with a little vegetable oil so the fruit doesn't stick as much.
You can use a clementine or a couple of tangerines for the orange, regular milk plus the juice of ½ medium lemon for the buttermilk, and any nut of choice for the pecans.
Pudding can be cooked immediately if need be, but better if left to rest.
You can use chopsticks instead of rosemary sprigs, and golden syrup instead of maple syrup.