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Our Family's Plum Pudding 1992, II/II

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Our Family's Plum Pudding 1992, II/II
Categories: British, Christmas, Desserts, Fruits, Harned 1994
Yield: 1 batch

See below

To steam the puddings: Place each pudding in its own steaming
container on a rack placed over gently boiling water (see note).
Cover each kettle with a tight-fitting lid and steam puddings - 7
hours for pudding in a 2-quart mold (6" tall, 7" across the top)
filled 2/3 full; 6 hours for the smaller one. Check the water level
every hour or so, replenishing with boiling water as needed.

When the pudding has finished steaming, uncover it and let it cool.
Remove the pudding from the mold, if it is metal, and sprinkle 2 tb.
or so of brandy, sherry, rum or fruit juice over the pudding. Wrap
it in clean, unbleached muslin, then wrap it in foil and store it in
the refrigerator to ripen for at least three weeks. Open from time
to time and sprinkle judiciously with more liquor - or add it to the
pudding cloth.

When ready to serve, return to the pudding mold and steam as before
for 1 1/2 hours.

To serve: Place hot pudding on a warmed platter. Place a sprig of
holly in the center and decorate sparingly with candied fruit or
angelica. Carefully warm several tablespoons of brandy, and pour a
bit at the rim of the platter. Ignite brandy with a long-stemmed
match and carry flaming to the table. Serve with hard sauce and/or
brandy-flavored whipped cream.

Yield: Each pudding serves 10 or more. Makes 5 pounds of pudding or
more.

Note: The bottom of the pudding mold should be above the gently
boiling water at all times so that the pudding is cooked by steam. It
may take some ingenuity to find a way to raise the pudding above the
water.

Kluger wrote: "I steamed one pudding in a vegetable blancher, placing
my canning funnel upside down in the perforated basket and placing the
pudding mold on top of that. The second 'steamer' was contrived by
placing a flat-bottomed colander upside down in the bottom of a
hot-water-bath kettle. This made a nice platform for the pudding to
stand on - about 2" above the bottom of the pan. Allow ample space
between the pudding and the sides of the kettle so the steam can
circulate."

Note: If you want to freeze one of the puddings, cool it after
steaming. Wrap in moisture-vapor-proof freezer wrap and store at 0 F.
for up to 1 year. When ready to eat, unwrap and thaw loosely covered
in the refrigerator. Then return to the pudding mold and steam as
directed above for serving.

To make hard sauce: Using the small bowl of an electric mixer, beat
the butter until creamy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually, beating
until mixture is creamy, about 5 minutes. Add the brandy.

Press hard sauce through a pastry bag to form decorative shapes and
decorate them with candied red cherry halves and green fruit peels.
(If the mixture is too soft, place in refrigerator to stiffen.)

From Special Writer Marilyn Kluger's 11/25/92 "A Dickens of a Delight:
Christmas Plum Pudding is a Holiday Treat Straight from Merry Olde
England" article in "The (Louisville, KY) Courier-Journal." Pg. C7.
Typed for you by Cathy Harned.

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