Another British Christmas tradition that isn't particularly favoured by North Americans is the Christmas Pudding. Most puddings are pretty heavy, especially after a big turkey dinner, so even though I like Christmas pudding I have usually found it too much. Now, since I've had to look for a good Paleo alternative, I think I've found the perfect one. (Image from telegraph.co.uk )
This Christmas pudding is a lot lighter, and even though it tastes like a steamed pudding it's a lot easier to make because you make it in the microwave. You can make this a week ahead, store it wrapped in your fridge, then just reheat it in the microwave again before serving. Quick, simple, easy ... and delicious!
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses (This gives it that traditional colour)
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- the zest of 1/2 an orange and 1/2 a lemon
- 1 small grated apple
- 2 tablespoons of rum
- 1/4 cup of almond flour
- 1/2 cup mincemeat
- Place the butter in a pudding bowl (or small mixing bowl) and melt in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
- In another mixing bowl beat the eggs with the vanilla, sugar, spices, zest and rum.
- Pour in the melted butter, using what's left in the pudding bowl to make sure it's well greased.(This bowl is what you will use to cook the pudding.) For easier removal, I recommend you also line the bottom of the bowl with a disk of parchment paper.
- Add the mincemeat to the mixture, then the apple, the almond flour and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into the greased pudding bowl. To keep the pudding from growing too high, place a piece of cheesecloth over the top of the bowl and tie it around with a piece of string. The cheesecloth will allow the air to escape, but will keep the pudding within the bowl.
- Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
- Remove the bowl carefully. It will be hot so use oven gloves.
- Allow to cool completely, then wrap in plastic and refrigerate until needed.
To remove the pudding, place a small plate on top of the pudding bowl. Invert. Remove the bowl.
To serve, reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes and serve with Rum sauce on the side. (Made basic custard and add a couple of tablespoons of rum)
If you want to serve this the traditional way, you will serve it flambe. To do this, first dim the lights in the dining room - you want everyone to get the effect!
Put your heated Christmas pudding on a heat resistant dish (such as a pyrex pie plate) then put this on a tray or large plate because the pie plate will get hot.
Heat 1/4 cup brandy until just warm. Pour over the pudding, then set alight. (The safest way is to use a barbecue lighter.) Then, VERY CAREFULLY carry it to the table and your waiting family and friends.
Image from thetimes.co.uk