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Stir up Someday….

November 26, 2014

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!!!

Not really.
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.

This is  my version of Sarah’s version of the Super Scrimpers Christmas pud!

  • 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

It really is pretty simple-you bung the lot in a bowl and stir, ably assisted by a  Small person if there is one loitering.
Xmas pud1

Then grease a pudding bowl, slop the whole lot in (my bowl was kind of medium…!),
Xmas pud2

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.

Xmas pud3
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!

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  • Reply Heather Allen December 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Just a quick note to say thanks so much for sharing the slow cooker steaming for the Christmas puds. What a revelation! I’m so pleased to have discovered this and not had to have a day of 8 hours of steaming on the gas hob. 🙂

    • Reply Jen December 1, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      It was a revelation to me too! Just think of all the gas saved..!!

  • Reply Nora @ Home November 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    My Aunt makes all of ours on an industrial scale! She lets it all fester for 2 days in lemon juice and Guinness! Tastes sooooo good. Quite often reheat mine in the slow cooker…or just zap it for a couple of mins in the microwave! :/

    Mentioned you in my latest post…recycling old crackers and other Christmas themed paper into paper-chains….here…http://noraathome.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/a-little-bit-of-recycling.html

    I was looking to do the Superscrimpers Fish Mousse as a starter, will have to swap out the fattening stuff tho’!

    Thanks for sharing xx

    • Reply Jen November 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks for the mention!
      Your Aunt’s puds sound gooooood!

  • Reply fashionforlunch November 26, 2014 at 8:40 am

    love this!

    http://fashionforlunch.net

    • Reply Jen November 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Thankyou!

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