On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…a Christmas Pudding from Give Me Cake.
Love it or hate it, Christmas Pudding has long been a part of our Christmas tradition. But let”s be honest, many shop bought puddings can leave a lot to be desired – heavy, stodgy puds with indecipherable fruit and little in the way of warm spices. Not always the highlight we hope it will be, often laying heavy in our stomachs until the New Year.
This little beauty was everything but that. The one we sampled was packed with whole juicy fruit, plenty of toasted almonds (adding texture and flavour) and a good slug of cognac. Rich, but not laden with sugar, the sultanas, currants and raisins give this pudding the right amount of sweetness. Paired with homemade brandy sauce, it made for a very indulgent pre-Christmas mid week treat (all in the name of research, you understand).
Jo started out as a pastry chef in her native Yorkshire before moving to London to study. Ending up in academia, Jo is just finishing a PhD in Art History and has spent the the past year compiling a book about historic British food and the influence of Mediterranean culture. This interest in the history of food explains, in part, her love of heritage fruit varieties, like medlars and quince, which make their way into her Christmas puddings and cakes.
You can contact Jo directly by email or via the East Dulwich Forum.