Hey everyone! This week for Sunday Supper the theme is holiday music and movie inspired dishes. I love the feeling of being with friends and family during the holidays, and I enjoy showing my love for them through the food we cook and eat together.
Growing up I loved watching the Muppets (enough so that I got way to excited a few years ago when the Muppets made a comeback). I always loved watching a Muppet Christmas Carol, which inspired me to do a traditional British dessert, plum pudding. I know that it may sound a bit odd, but what plum pudding truly is gets lost in translation a bit. Plum pudding has more of a cake rather than pudding consistency, and in Britain plum means any type of raisin-like fruit. Traditionally the cake is steamed by using equipment to steam the cake in a pot containing steamy water. I don’t have the equipment myself to do this, so I like to bake mine in the oven in a water bath. A water bath is a method of baking where a cake pan or ramekin are placed into a larger deep pan that contains water. The concept is the water bakes the cake more consistently and provides some steam in the oven.
So please check out my recipe below, and be sure to check out everyone else’s recipes in the list below. Be sure to join us on Twitter this evening at 7pm EST for a #SundaySupper twitter chat!
Party Appetizers & Snacks: Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song “Christmas in the Trenches”– Shockingly DeliciousRoasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song” – Food Lust People LoveA Popcorn Trio Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” – Hot Momma’s Kitchen ChaosChai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cupcakes & Kale ChipsRaisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd Inspired by the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” – In The Kitchen With Audrey and MaureneIcicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow” – Treats & TrinketsA Christmas Carol Plum Pudding Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol” – No One Likes Crumbley CookiesYukon Mashed Potato Cakes Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” – Cookin’ MimiChristmas Pudding Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” – A Kitchen Hoor Pumpkin Pudding Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” – Basic N Delicious Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams” Inspired by the movie “Elf” – MarocMamaSugarplums Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker” – Happy Baking DaysChai Spiced Roasted Nuts Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” – Take A Bite Out of Boca
Baked Plum Pudding
Prep Time – 1 hour
Bake Time – 40 minutes
1 1/2 lb raisins, diced
1 lb currants, diced
1 cup thinly sliced orange
1 cup candied lemon or orange peel
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 lb suet, chopped
1 cup, 2 tbsp brandy
1/2 lb walnuts, chopped
1 1/4 lb ground Udi’s white bread
1 cup scaled milk
1 cup port
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine the raisins, currants, orange, peel, spices, suet, and brandy in a medium bowl and cover. Let sit for 40 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the bread, milk, and port. Set aside. Beat the fruit mixture, adding in the sugar and eggs, one egg at a time. Pour the bread mixture into the fruit mixture and blend until well combined.
Transfer the pudding to a bundt pan. Place the bundt pan into a larger, 3-4 inch deep pan, and fill the deep pan halfway with water.
Place into a 350F oven and bake for 40 minutes. Store in an airtight container in a cool place.