Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Pudding with Chocolate Orange

This recipe for Christmas pudding includes the popular flavour combination of chocolate orange.  Not only are Christmas puddings a traditional and tasty dessert to enjoy on Christmas day, they're also incredibly easy to make along with the fun of making a wish!   

Homemade Christmas Pudding flavoured with Chocolate Orange.

As I'm sure you know, this Sunday coming (26th November), being the last Sunday before Advent, is Stir-up Sunday where we traditionally prepare our Christmas puddings ready for the forthcoming festivities.  So with that in mind, today I am sharing with you a delicious Christmas Pudding recipe which is packed with fruits and lots of seasonal flavour including chocolate-orange!

Of course, there are loads of different Christmas puddings that you can pick up from the local shop for just a few pounds, but if you're anything like me you may struggle to find one which ticks all of your requirements.  And let's not forget, other than being able to customise your Christmas Pudding to produce the flavours you enjoy, by making your own you and your family are able to have fun making a wish whilst stirring the mixture!

How to make a Homemade Christmas Pudding flavoured with Chocolate Orange.

Our Christmas Pudding recipe is super easy to make, is alcohol free, and carries a delicious chocolate orange flavour.  After all chocolate orange is always a popular combination!


In this easy Christmas recipe the fruits are soaked in orange juice overnight allowing them to become beautifully plump and juicy as well as enabling them to pick up that wonderful orange flavour.  Added to the fruits is orange zest, a generous quantity of chopped semi dark chocolate and let's not forget about the choc chips in the brioche used for the breadcrumbs!

Christmas Pudding recipe with chocolate and orange

Traditionally Christmas Pudding, once cooked, is cooled and then wrapped up and stored somewhere dark for a few weeks.  That time allows for the flavours to meld together, mature and develop making for a wonder close to the Christmas meal.  But this recipe could be made right up to the day itself.  The pudding you see in the images here was thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family just a few hours after it was made.  Even Mr E, who always declines a portion of this traditional Christmas dessert because he claims he doesn't enjoy it, cleared his bowl!  I'm anticipating the additional pudding we made, which is all snug in its wrapping, will have some amazing flavours when we serve it on Christmas Day.

Christmas Pudding recipe with chocolate and orange



So, here's how to make a Christmas Pudding with a Chocolate Orange flavour combination.




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Christmas Pudding With Chocolate & Orange
This recipe for Christmas pudding includes the popular flavour combination of chocolate orange.  Not only are Christmas puddings a traditional and tasty dessert to enjoy on Christmas day, they're also incredibly easy to make along with the fun of making a wish!  


Details
Hand on time: Cook time:     Yield: 1 pudding, serves 6 people

Specific Equipment
   Large pan with lid
   Steaming Bowl, we used a Pyrex bowl which hold 600ml when completely full
   Trivet (ie small tea plate / saucer or lid from a jar)

Ingredients
  • 250g Mixed Fruit
  • 100ml Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange, zest of
  • 50g Butter, unsalted & softened, plus extra for preparing the bowl
  • 80g dark Muscovado Sugar
  • 2 Medium Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 50g Glace Cherries, quartered
  • 50g Chocolate, we used 52% cocoa solids, finely chopped
  • 1/4 Eating Apple, finely diced
  • 50g Chocolate Chip Brioche
  • 50g SR Flour
  • 15g Ground Almonds

Method
1. Soak the fruit. Place the mixed fruit and orange zest into a bowl. Pour over the orange juice. Mix. Cover and set aside to soak overnight. 2. Set up your steamer. Place a tea plate / saucer or an upturned lid from a jar (to act as a trivet) in the base of a large pan. Sit your pudding bowl on the trivet and ensure your pan lid fits. 3. Prepare the bowl. Grease the inside of the bowl. Cut out a disc of greaseproof paper, the size of the base of the bowl. Place it in the bottom of the bowl.4. Make the pudding batter. Cream the butter and sugar together either with a wooden spoon or an electric beater. You're aiming for it to become light and fluffy. Add the beaten egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the soaked fruits (including any orange juice remaining in the bowl), glace cherries, chopped apple and finely chopped chocolate. Use a wooden spoon and mix well. Grate in the brioche. Mix again. Sift in the flour and ground almonds and mix to combine. 5. Make a wish. Remember to allow everybody to make a wish whilst mixing!6. Fill the pudding bowl. Spoon the pudding batter into the prepared bowl, packing it down well. Avoid over filling it, leave a little space (about 1-2cm) for it to expand during cooking. You may have a little batter left over.7. Cover the bowl. Cut a double sheet of greaseproof paper and a piece of tinfoil large enough to comfortably cover the bowl. Place the tin foil on top of the greaseproof and fold the three layers to create a pleat down the centre of the papers. This will allow the pudding to expand as it cooks. Cover the bowl with the pleated papers (tin foil outermost). Tie string tightly around the bowl so that no steam can escape. Create a handle with another length of string to help you remove the bowl from the pan. NOTE: Fastening the string tightly is a little fiddly, you may need somebody to help you at this stage.8. Steam. Sit the bowl in the pan on top of the trivet. Pour water down the side of the bowl into the pan so that it comes half way up the sides of the bowl. Place the lid on. Bring the water to the boil and then reduce it to a simmer. Allow the pudding to steam for 2.5 hours.  Check the water level regularly.  Top it up with hot water as necessary. 9. Cool & store. Carefully remove the bowl from the pan using the makeshift string handle. Cut away the string. Remove the foil and greaseproof paper. Loosely cover with a clean tea towel. Once the pudding is completely cold re-wrap with fresh greaseproof paper and tin foil. Secure tightly with string again. Store the pudding bowl somewhere dark to allow it to mature until required.10. Re-heat. Steam the pudding as before for 1 - 1.5 hour. 11. Enjoy with your chosen sauce.




 

 

 

 

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14 comments:

  1. I love a good home made christmas pudding - and definitely would choose one with chocolate and orange flavours - looks delicious

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    1. Thankyou Johanna, you can't beat chocolate orange flavours - it's definitely one of my favourites.
      Angela x

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  2. This sounds delicious and as it has chocolate in I might even be able to get my family to eat it. That would be fantastic as I love Christmas puddings! Unfortunately they are not big fans of Christmas pudding so it's not usually worth me making one. Maybe I'll test them out with this one. THanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

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    1. Haha, chocolate always helps doesn't it ;-) Hubby isn't a fan of Christmas Pudding either, he always passes on it and has another dessert over the festive season, but he reluctantly tried a portion of this - he enjoyed it so much that he quickly cleared the bowl! Fingers crossed your family will respond the same and enjoy it if you decide to give it a go :-)
      Angela x

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  3. Genius idea to combine two Christmas favourites in one!! And must be good if Mr E polished his portion off. Gorgeous photos too!! Eb x

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    1. I know I was so happy when he cleared his bowl Eb - plus he had a regular portion rather than an itsy bitsy piece - so very happy! Aw thankyou, just wish FoodGawker had shared your opinion!
      Angela x

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  4. They look delicious, I love the chocolate orange touch and the photos are gorgeous!

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  5. I like the idea of chocolate and orange in the Christmas pudding although I am going to confess that this year Im not making a pudding as I still have one left over from last year, otherwise I would be tempted. Thank you for linking this to #CookBlogShare

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    1. Thankyou Jacqui :-) We're in that position with our Christmas cake because we still have an undecorated one from last yr! I'm so looking forward to peeling the layers of tinfol away and trying it once its been decorated - Christmas puddings and cakes become even more delicious the longer you leave them :-)
      Angela x

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  6. There are so many flavours you can use in Christmas pudding and I really like your choice of chocolate and orange, I've actually never made Christmas pudding before, by the time I start thinking about it I run out of time, and look it's late already, but maybe I'll still try...

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    1. I'm a huge fan of chocolate orange (infact I have another choc orange recipe on going at the moment!), so when I realised it would work in a Christmas Pudding there was no stopping me giving it a try :-)
      Ooh it's definitely not too late to make on Monika, after all Stir up Sunday (when they're traditionally made) was only yesterday. I completely agree that a pudding tastes better the longer it's left to mature, but it would still be good if you made it just a few days before :-)
      Angela x

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  7. I have never made a steamed pudding before! This looks perfect for Christmas time! It doesn't even involve soaking of fruits for a month! And the best part is chocolate and orange!

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    1. Wow, you'd have some seriously plump fruit if you soaked them for a month Deepika ;-) If you've never tried it, it's a great dessert for this time of year - packed with fruits and yumminess! So easy to make too :-)
      Angela x

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