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« on: December 21, 2009 07:52:01 AM »

from a nigella lawson recipe "christmas puddinis"; i used ginger wine and cherry brandy instead of the liqueurs she used though, and i didnt add the golden syrup because they are sweet enough without. and mainly 'cos i used what i had in the house already and i was aiming for a super cheap but full of love xmas present for my father in law lol!!

they are so cute I decided to photograph them in the snow! (we NEVER get snow in December in Essex so this week's weatheris unheard of!!)



and the recipe she used is here

http://www.styleathome.com/food-and-entertaining/recipes/recipe-nigella-s-christmas-puddini-bonbons/a/18992

but the one i used is here
1 medium xmas pudding, broken into small chunky bits then schmooshed with  fork
1 large bar chocolate; she uses dark stuff but i used cheap milk choccy because it's what my FIL prefers
1/2 large bar white chocolate
liqueurs: i used cherry brandy and ginger wine, 1tbsp of each.
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pour the booze over the pudding schmoosh and leave to mascerate.
melt brown chocolate, pour into pudding/booze mix and mix well. roll into little balls and place in petits fours cases. mmmm "little ovens".

leave to harden slightly, melt white chocolate. decant some out into shot glasses and hand to peckish husband and child along with some spekulatius and pfeffernuss biscuit pieces to keep them quiet and away from your pudlets.

top pudets with white choc dribble, a piece of cherry and a bit of angelica as holly leaves. we could not find angelica anywhere this morning so i used what i had in; green flower paste left over from doing the holly on the xmas cakes lol!!

decorate, then hide somewhere cold, dry and away from the 31 year old child you may happen to live with so that the puds can harden.
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2009 08:33:15 AM »

oh man--I gained 5 pounds just looking at all of your lovely food posts this morning!

Your cakes are gorgeous and everything looks so scrumptious!

Not sure what pudding mix is but I love your technical terms--just up my alley--I know how to do "schmoosed"  Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2009 06:44:38 PM »

I have never heard of a pudlet, but they sure look festive and yummy!
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009 06:17:38 AM »

oh man--I gained 5 pounds just looking at all of your lovely food posts this morning!

Your cakes are gorgeous and everything looks so scrumptious!

Not sure what pudding mix is but I love your technical terms--just up my alley--I know how to do "schmoosed"  Grin Cheesy

the pudding mix is the christmas pudding, schmooshed up and with alcohol added for extra christmas boozeyness Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2009 06:24:24 AM »

I think I can make these for New Year--especially with the extra booziness!

Thanks for your post--and for livening it up with your fun presentation!  I don't like cooking much, but when it involves a bit of nipping at the ingredients (I love Nigella!) I might just try it!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2009 12:09:09 PM »

These look fantastic, I'm going to give them a try asap!

Question; I've never heard of Christmas pudding... is it called something else in the states? Or perhaps I'm just not hip  Undecided
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2009 01:57:15 AM »

here's some info on christmas pudding...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pudding

and also, instead of that you could easily use a dark, rich fruitcake and add a little extra booze.
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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2009 08:57:06 AM »

I watched St Nigella making these and have to admit my teeth started to itch Undecided I love pudding, but how are they for being cold? Like rum ball kind of things, cakey and boozey and truffly?

Am I even making sense? Embarrassed

You've also reminded me that I have a bag of spekulatius somewhere...mmmmmm...
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2009 10:00:08 AM »

yes, exactly like rum balls.... only, less rummy cos i used cherry brandy instead hahaha! nigella's looked squidgier than mine turned out because i left out the syrup (blame the brain damage)...


oh, and until i posted this thing i had no idea the uk is the only place in the world to celebrate christmas with the joy of christmas pudding! next year i'm so sending one to my sister in law's parents in texas just for the hell of it lol!
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2010 04:07:51 PM »

I shall have to give them a go this Christmas - I'd do it before but all the ultra cheap puddings have disappeared this year Sad Trouble is, I can already forsee this being an 'I wonder if butterscotch shnapps would work...' kind of experiment Tongue

It's weird, isn't it - you kind of assume Christmas pudding is everywhere! I lived in Turkey and actually used to make the things (and mincemeat and Christmas cake), I was that desperate!
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