We developed this classic Christmas pudding that's served with a caramel brandy sauce. Packed with fruits, nuts and spices, it's rich and delicious.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Featured In: 24 Christmas Puddings for the Holiday Season
- 2-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
- 1-1/2 cups raisins
- 2/3 cup chopped dates
- 1 medium apple, shredded
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/3 cup dried currants
- 1/3 cup maraschino cherries
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup red candied cherries
- 1/4 cup green candied cherries
- 2 tablespoons chopped candied citron
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon brandy
- In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture alternately with orange and cherry juices, beating well after each addition. Stir in the fruit mixture.
- Pour into two well-greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Cover with foil. Place on a rack in each of two stockpots. Add 2 in. of boiling water to each stockpot; cover and boil gently for 2-1/4 to 2-3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, adding water as needed. Let stand for 5 minutes before unmolding.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, egg yolk, half-and-half and salt. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Cool to room temperature.
- In a large bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream and brandy into brown sugar mixture. Serve with pudding. Yield: 10 servings (1-1/4 cups sauce).
Originally published as Christmas Pudding in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p11
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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012
"CiCiB -- The serving in the photo might be a triangle wedge of the loaf."