It’s that time of the year again, when thoughts turn to Christmas pudding. Some prefer to make one themselves, others turn to the supermarket shelves. Traditionally, the pudding is made four to five weeks before Christmas, so at this point in the calendar, the latter is probably the best option.
The custom of eating Christmas pudding has been carried to many parts of the world by Brits, however, it is not generally as popular and common a dish outside of Britain.
Mention “pudding” to most Canadians, and they wouldn’t have the foggiest what you were talking about. Even at this time of year, few people really conjure visions of a traditional British Christmas pudding.
Step forward Michele Chandler, who is working to change all that. Michele is making efforts to revive the Christmas pudding, which has almost disappeared in not just Canada, but North America as a whole. Years of research and fond memories of Christmas meals from her own childhood with a British mother fuelled the culinary entrepreneur’s quest for the perfect pud, and led to the creation of the King George, a traditional steamed pudding tweaked for modern times to end a Christmas dinner in style.
Legend has it that King George I was served plum pudding in 1714, during his first Christmas dinner as a monarch. The curious dish (plums were raisins) led to his nickname, The Pudding King.
These delicious handmade puddings are now available throughout the GTA, so get yourself one whilst stocks last! You can also order online.
If you are “new” to Christmas pudding and are intrigued by it, then why not try before you buy…there will be pudding tastings this weekend at the following locations:
Saturday morning (5th December 2015) at Evergreen Brick Works (Toronto);
Saturday afternoon (5th December 2015) Denningers (Oakville);
Sunday morning (6th December 2015) Creme Fraiche (Toronto).
For information on The King George Christmas Pudding, go to http://theartofpudding.com/.
Ingredients: Sultanas, Brown Sugar, Egg, Apples, Palm & Modified Palm Shortening, Wheat Flour, Currants, Raisins, Dried Figs, Orange Juice Concentrate, Breadcrumbs, Candied Citrus Peel, Dried Apricots, Ginger, Glace Cherries, Brandy, Dried Mango, Dried Pear, Dried citrus peel, Cane Syrup, Baking Powder, Salt, Spices
Contains eggs and wheat. Made in a factory where dairy, sesame seeds, nuts and eggs may be present.
Ps. Don’t forget the brandy…