Officially this is written in my old recipe book as “Rich Plum Pudding” but I have always known it as Mum Phipps Christmas Pudding. This one takes a few days preparation but is worth the effort and makes two large puddings – larger than the large supermarket ones – this is a seriously big pudding mix for a big family. I recall one of the puddings feeding 10 or more on Christmas day in Tokoroa and the other being eaten at a later date – maybe New Years. You will need 2 or 3 large bowls that each fit into a pot with a lid for cooking this – borrow from neighbours if you need to. It does look like a lot of ingredients and effort but I can assure you that this pudding is well worth the effort.
Start 4 days before you plan on cooking this.
- 500 grams raisins
- 250 grams currants
- 1 Cup mexed chopped peel
- 500 grams Sultanas
- 1 Cup chopped Crystalized Fruit (apricot, pineapple, ginger etc)
- 500 grams Ground Suet
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Cloves
- ¼ teaspoon Allspice
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- 1 ¼ Cups Brandy
- Mix all except for Brandy in a large sealable bowl.
- Add ¼ Cup of the Brandy.
- Cover and place in the fridge.
- Each day add ¼ Cup of the Brandy mix and return to fridge.
- 1 Cup scalded milk (heated just to the boil (but not boiled)
- 625 grams breadcrumbs
- 1 Cup sherry or Port
- 12 eggs Beaten (yes 12)
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Soak breadcrumbs in milk for 5 minutes in a BIG bowl.
- Add sherry, Eggs, Sugar and Salt. Mix well.
- Stir in prepared fruit mix and combine well.
- Fill pudding basins 2/3 full, cover and tie down.
- Steam for 6 – 7 hours keeping an eye on the water level in the pots.
- Uncover the puddings and place in a slow oven (140°C) for 30 minutes.
Reboil for two hours before serving with custard and cream.
I remember having Christmas pudding at Nana and Grandpas in Timaru when I was a girl and we all got a five-cent coin in our serve of pudding – I could never work out how Nana knew where to cut so we all got one and nobody got two – more of my Nanas magic. I asked dad aboutit and he recalls being a lad and getting a thrippence in his pudding, as did all of the family. Every year there was a riot when Pop Smith (my great Grandfather) pulled a ha’penny from his mouth.
We were discussing this with Daryl the other night and in his family sometimes it was magic and everyone got a coin – other years the coins were mixed into the pudding and it was a lucky dip. His family still use the same set of coins they have used every Christmas how cool is that.