Christmas Pudding

For a great finale to Christmas dinner, try this dark, delicious and boozy Christmas pudding with creamy Armagnac custard from Frank Bordoni
By Frank Bordoni
Christmas Pudding
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  • Serves: 8
  • Cook Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes plus soaking and 2-3 weeks standing
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

  • 150 g raisins
  • 150 g sultanas
  • 220 g currants
  • 150 g mixed peel
  • 20 g pureed prunes
  • 125 ml Irish stout
  • 125 ml brandy
  • 75 ml rum
  • 150 g dark brown sugar
  • 90 g caster sugar
  • 60 g blanched flaked almonds
  • 150 g freshwhite breadcrumbs
  • 45 g plain flour
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1/2 orange, zest and juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 150 g suet

For the crème anglaise

  • 100 ml milk
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 40 g sugar
  • 25 ml armagnac

To decorate

  • icing sugar
  • small punnet redcurrants
  • mint leaves

Method

1. Put the raisins, sultanas, currants, mixed peel and prune puree into a bowl and add the stout, brandy, rum, and dark brown sugar. Cover and leave in a cool place for 5 days.

2. When you are ready to cook the puddings, place the caster sugar, almonds, breadcrumbs and flour into a large bowl. Stir in the soaked fruit.

3. Add the lemon and orange zest and juice. Stir in the eggs and the fold in the suet.

4. Spoon the mixture into a 900g pudding bowl, cover tightly with a well-fitting lid or aluminium foil secured with string, and steam for 3 hours.

5. To make the crème anglaise, bring the milk, cream and vanilla pod to the boil.

6. Beat the eggs and sugar together.

7. Add the boiled cream mixture to the eggs, a little at a time. Return the mixture to the pan and stir over a gently heat, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

8. Strain the mixture and stir in the Armagnac.

9. Turn out the Christmas pudding and dust with icing sugar. Decorate with redcurrants and mint and serve with the crème anglaise.

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