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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2010 09:03:20 AM »

Oh, thank you!!! I am going to have to try it this Christmas - it sounds wonderful!! Brandy butter....sounds delightful!!  Grin

I'm so glad that people like them! The birds are my favourite too, I really enjoy deciding what colours and decorations to use for the next one Smiley
karaann07 : I'm flattered that you're too excited to type properly! If you have a look on my Dawanda shop (link at bottom) there's a few more pics Smiley

As for the Christmas pudding: I have had homemade ones but this is one thing that I actually think is best from a shop - if you are willing to splash out a bit! We always buy a really good quality one for Christmas Day itself, and usually a few less expensive ones for other days (you see, I love it so much... Roll Eyes) I've had a quick look on the internet and there's a few sites that sell British food abroad, there's a really good selection of Xmas puds here:
http://www.britishsupermarketworldwide.com/acatalog/Christmas_Pudding.html#ac213807 - Marks and Spencer food is always good, but I can personally recommend the Tesco Finest Ultimate ones, we usually get these...but never get an alcohol free one, it's sacriligious! And remember, always brandy butter, not brandy sauce or white sauce or any other interloper Smiley
If you can't get these or you'd rather make one, there's a recipe out today on the Guardian website - the only thing I'd say is that when they say to leave fruit soaking in brandy overnight, it should be left for far longer - like at least 2 days!
And please let me know if you like it - I feel like the ambassador for Christmas pudding  Wink I just can't imagine a Christmas without the pudding...do you have mince pies?


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« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2010 07:33:41 AM »

okay, you've got me intrigued with the idea of having a christmas pudding this year, too. however, i'm spooky about putting my info on the internet, so i only shop at a few places online. If you go to amazon.com and search for christmas pudding in the grocery & gourmet food section, there are quite a few that come up; but none of the brands you mentioned... do you suppose you could take a peek on there for me and see if there's one there you'd recommend looks best/most like what you have at home? it would be fun to try something new this year!! =)

« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2010 08:12:57 AM »

do you suppose you could take a peek on there for me and see if there's one there you'd recommend looks best/most like what you have at home?

Anything to fulfil my duties as Pudding Ambassador! Ok, I had a look, and while I haven't had any of those myself, I think that this one probably looks most like what we get: Matthew Walker Pudding No. 13 http://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Walker-Pudding-13-454g/dp/B002X9NGAW/ref=sr_1_19?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1291218817&sr=1-19
But these also look pretty good: http://www.amazon.com/Mathew-Walkers-Classic-Christmas-Pudding/dp/B001JI0HLE/ref=sr_1_4?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1291218817&sr=1-4 and http://www.amazon.com/Mathew-Walkers-Classic-Christmas-Pudding/dp/B001JI0HLE/ref=sr_1_4?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1291218817&sr=1-4. While I am fully aware that my posts on this subject make me sound like an alcoholic, I have to observe that a lot of the puddings on there don't contain alcohol, and I can say that the few times I have eaten Christmas pudding without any alcohol they have been pretty bland! (The alcohol is burned off in cooking so it is just the taste you need - the brandy butter is a different story!) So if you make sure that whatever you buy has at least got brandy in it, and preferably brandy plus rum, whisky, cider or port, it should be fairly tasty!

« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2010 06:17:01 PM »

thank you so much!  Cheesy

« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2011 08:59:35 AM »

Just curious whether any of you uninitiated Americans tried the Christmas pudding? Love to know what you thought!  Smiley

« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2011 02:08:20 PM »

i really really wanted to and totally planned to, but my plans for christmas all fell apart and i ended up having christmas about 800 miles from where i had intended, and in all the confusion and rushing about it just didn't happen... =( but it's totally on my list of things that MUST occur next year... i've actually already saved your response talking about which ones to buy on my computer for future reference.... 

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« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2011 10:41:36 AM »

Ooh, love the detail on these.

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