OK, so i missed Stir Up Sunday.
I just kind of thought it was always the last Sunday in November, and that it was next weekend (30th), but it wasn’t, it was on the 23rd.
Christmas is ruined already!!!
I was at work all day on Sunday, and by the time I realised what day it was, and got home, and got the kids in bed, I really cow;ldn’t face making the pudding.
And I’m glad I didn’t, because on Monday morning, I got an e-mail into my inbox informing me of this post on Sarah’s great blog Everyday Life on a Shoestring, which had a great, easy peasy recipe in, AND introduced me to the concept of cooking my pud in the slow cooker (this is mind-blowing genius!).
For the past few years I have used hubby’s Nan’s recipe-which his Auntie gave to us. It is quite hard work to follow though, as it’s written out in imperial measurements, and is also in industrial quantities. So each year, I try and work out how much I need, in grams, for just one pudding, and then never fail to write it down, and have to repeat the process again the next year. It also calls for three different types of booze, so ends up being quite expensive.
- 50g breadcrumbs (this was about 1 slice)
- 50g plain flour
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 150g raisins
- 150g currants
- 50g flaked almonds
- 2 grated apples
- rind and juice of one lemon and one orange
- 100g butter (I melted this, not sure if that was right or not!)
- 100g brown sugar (I used light brown soft as that was what we had to hand)
- 2 eggs
- 150ml brandy
- 2 tbsp treacle
cover with a disc of greaseproof, cover the whole lot with foil, and tie it tight with string (no idea if this is strictly necessary, but it looks much more authentic…)
And then, this is the really awesome bit, I put in the slow cooker (thankyou thankyou thankyou Sarah-what a fab idea for a low energy pud!). I put mine in, poured boiling water to about half way up the outside of the bowl, and then left it on high for a couple of hours, before turning it down to low for another 4-6hrs.
I am not brave enough to peek in and check, but it smelt pretty good while it was cooking..!
I checked the water level a couple of times during cooking and very little seemed to be evaporating, so it didn’t need topping up.
Hurray for Sarah, and Super-Scrimpers and Slow Cookers!