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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

A Christmas Pudding Challenge

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If you read any of the UK food blogs, you might have seen a few posts popping up featuring Matthew Walker Christmas Puddings, who kindly sent out their puddings in the hope that we would come up with some new ways to serve it.

I've never bought a Christmas pudding before as I really don't like all that dried fruit business going on in them (and anyway my mum has made my husband one for the last few years) but, I have to say, I've been converted!!! These puddings were soft, moist and quite delicious - and I can think of loads of ways to use them up, my brain is whirring with recipes which I'll gladly trade for Christmas puddings any time of the year!

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I discovered that one of the best things you can do with a Christmas pudding is to turn it into decadent chocolate truffles - after all, who doesn't like a little sweet treat after their Christmas lunch? You can either use some leftover pudding, or use it straight from the container as it's already cooked. My truffles were laced with brandy and coated with cocoa powder or melted chocolate.
I also made some Christmas waffles with the pudding, which would be perfect for a Boxing Day breakfast.

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Matthew Walker is the world’s oldest Christmas pudding maker, creating puddings in the heart of Derbyshire. The puddings contain the 13 core ingredients that were used to represent Jesus and his 12 Apostles, these being: raisins, demerara sugar, currants, glace cherries, stout, breadcrumbs, sherry, vegetarian suet, almonds, orange & lemon peel, cognac and mixed spices. The puddings come in two sizes, 454g - perfect for a family, and 100g individual size.

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I like my truffles dusted with cocoa powder

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Truffles

114g/4oz good dark chocolate
60ml/2fl oz double cream
1 x 100g/3.5oz Matthew Walker Christmas Pudding
1/2 tablespoon brandy, optional
Extra chocolate for dipping (approx 50g/2oz) or good cocoa powder

Break the chocolate into squares and place into a glass bowl along with the double cream. Put into the microwave and heat gently for 1 minute. Stir and continue heating for 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each burst in the microwave until the chocolate and cream has come together. You can also melt the chocolate and cream in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water.

Crumble in the Christmas pudding, add the brandy and stir until everything is combined, leave to cool. When cold, put into the fridge for a couple of hours until the truffle mixture has firmed up.

Remove from the fridge and scoop small amounts out with a teaspoon, shape into balls and put on a plate in the fridge.

Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of heated water, or melt in the microwave stirring every 15 seconds or so. Leave to cool slightly before dipping the truffles into the chocolate to coat. Just coat 1 or 2 truffles at a time, removing from the chocolate with a fork and place on baking parchment or a silicone sheet to harden.

If you are using cocoa powder to dust them, put a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder into a bowl and gently swirl the truffles in the powder until coated.

Keep the truffles in the fridge until ready to serve as they contain fresh cream and are best served cold. They will keep for 3-4 days. Makes about 20, depending on the size.

(Printable Recipe)

Christmas Waffles

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I also made some delicious waffles - just add some of the pudding to the waffle batter and stir thoroughly before cooking in the waffle maker according to your maker's instructions.

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chow and chatter said...

oh wow I love what you did with this i miss christmas pudding its not in the States

Lisa said...

What a lovely inspiration. Small chocolate covered bites of Christmas pudding, or fruitcake for that matter, is definitely the way to go. Thanks for a great idea and for sharing your gorgeous photos!

Unknown said...

Those waffles "take the biscuit" for me. Fabulous idea!

Maggie said...


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Bestill my heart, I love both of these ideas Nic.

grace said...

i'm unfamiliar with christmas puddings, but anything that can morph into truffles is okay in my book. meanwhile, those waffles look decadent and delightful!

Jeanne said...

OMG.... You are killing us here! I am also not a fan of Christmas pudding, but I do love the idea of the little truffles. That's about as much Christmas pudding as I want to eat at once ;-) Inspired!

hungryandfrozen said...

I love the Christmas cake truffle idea - they look so gorgeous when they're fashioned as mini puddings! I made a version like what's in your first picture years ago, might have to reinstate it this Christmas. Am also now craving chocolate :)

Anne said...

Mmm the truffles look fab Nic! Glad you are converted, I love and always loved xmas pud :)

Anonymous said...

can I come to yours for christmas? they look gorgeous and such a creative way of reusing the pudding ingredients. You deserve to win with those two fabulous recipes and your photography has really captured the festive feel of the dish even though we're only in November. N x

ps. how did you get the kaleidoscope light effect on that first picture?

Choclette said...

I'm so impressed with the creativity of all those participating in the challenge and your truffles are a great idea. I thought .... christmas pudding ... chocolate .... no idea at all!

gaga said...

Wow, beautiful. I'm really impressed!

Cristie said...

You were busy today! I loved the Christmas Pudding idea rolled in chocolate. Your pictures are stunning.

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Your 2 recipes look amazing! I don't like christmas pudding but the waffles look wonderful though!

Rico said...

These photos are too much I can't take it any more, I run the risk of drooling over my keyboard, beautiful desserts and really delicious to the eye well done love it.

Unknown said...

I love Christmas pudding but hate making it myself. Lazy me, I'd probably buy these if they were available and now that you have upped the ante and 'trufflized' them I want them even more!

Nic said...

Thanks everyone!

nipitinthebud - the effect of the lighing was accidental. There was a terrible wind-storm going on outside and the lights were flickering and the sun was reflecting on and off of the background, making that strange lighting!

Jan said...

Lovely Nic!

Katie said...

Love the idea of the christmas pudding truffles. Great to serve after a meal if you don't want a whole pudding. The waffles sound yummy too, great way of using up any leftovers.

Jamie said...

Christmas pudding must be like fruitcake and yeah not good; but made into truffles and covered in ganache looks heavenly and oh so delicious! Seriously good! And the waffles look yummy!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I don't think I could choose between the waffles and the truffles. Give me either and I would be a happy bunny :)