Thursday, December 20, 2012

Baked Christmas Pudding

Though i was in idea to prepare traditional christmas plum cake, my Gemini mind as usual took a left turn and here you see is Christmas pudding. This is such a easy recipe and the mixing part takes less than 15 minutes. you can even prepare this pudding without soaking the dry fruits in rum or brandy.

christmas pudding

You know that the traditional pudding calls for steaming, i did not have enough patience to steam. it was  impossible for me to steam for 3 or 5 hours by constantly checking! easier way is to bake them for an hour and half. i made this pudding in two batches, one for steaming and the other for baking. thats when i discovered baking takes less time and effort.

christmas pudding

serves: 6
baking time: 90 minutes
preparation time: less than 20 minutes
200 gms = 1 cup
recipe adapted from here.


To Prepare fruit mix:

Candied peels mix - 100 gms
Candied peel of a citrus fruit - 50 gms
Dried Fig - 7
Dry grapes / kishmish - 50 gms
Dates - 7
Apricots - 5
Dry Black grapes / Sultana's - 50 gms
Glazed cherries - 50 gms
Tutti fruitti - 1/4 cup
Zest of 1 orange- 1 tbsp
Orange juice - 1/2 cup


Finely chop the candied peels into small chunks. chop all the other dry fruits, fig, kishmish, dates, apricots, sultana's, cherries and mix with the tutti fruitti and the zest of orange in a pan.

Mix orange juice with the dried fruits and place the pan in medium flame. keep stirring till the orange juice is completely absorbed. it may take uto 3-5 minutes. remove the pan from flame.

If you wish add 40 ml. of  Rum or Brandy, when the mix gets cooled down.

Ingredients for Pudding:

 Fruit mix - 400 gms / 2 cup's
 All purpose flour / Maida  - 200 gms / 1 cup
 Baking soda - 1 tsp
 Baking powder - 1 tsp
 Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
 Nutmeg powder - a small pinch
 Dry Ginger powder - 1 tsp
 Brown sugar - 100 gms / 1/2 cup
 Butter - 100 gms
 Eggs - 2 small


Brush some melted butter in small aluminum bowl's in which the pudding is to be baked. line the bottom of the bowl's with butter paper and set aside.

Pre-heat the oven at 180C / 350F for about 10 mins.

Sieve the all purpose flour with baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg and dry ginger powder. sieve atleast twice so that all get mixed up evenly.

In a small pan, melt the brown sugar with a tbsp of water. need not caramelise. just the sugar crystals has to get dissolved. in another seperate pan, melt the butter and set aside.

In a wide bowl, put the 2 cup's of fruit mix and add flour to it. mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula, next add dissolved brown sugar and melted butter. mix well. finally break in egg's one at a time and mix well. 

Once the pudding mix is ready, divide and transfer to the small individual greased aluminium bowls. fill the bowl's 3/4th so that there is enough space for the pudding to rise while baking.

Finally grease a aluminum foil sheet with butter and place the greased side facing the pudding and cover the pudding bowls. With a thread tie over the neck of the bowl so that the aluminium foil is tightly tied to the neck of the bowl.

Now bake the pudding at 180C for about 90 minutes, till a tooth pick inserted to the centre of the pudding comes out clean. if you are placing a large bowl of pudding, time may differ.

christmas pudding

In case if you are interested in steaming the pudding the traditional way, you can steam in a large pan of boiling water or in a wide pressure cooker filled with boiling water. place a small bowl turned upside down in the pressure cooker and pour 6 cup's of boiling water and place the pudding bowl(with aluminium foil tied) carefully over the bowl turned upside down. close the pressure cooker and do not put the weight/whistle. steam the pudding for about 3-4 hours in medium flame. every 1 hour check the water level and keep adding boiling water so that half of the pudding bowl is in boiling water always. steam till the pudding is done. check by inserting a toothpick to the centre of the pudding comes out clean.


Once the pudding is baked, remove the pudding from oven and place on a wet towel, so that it easily comes out of the bowl when pudding get cooled down.

This pudding keeps well for a week after baking, if you want to mature the pudding, keep adding 1/2 tsp of rum or brandy over the pudding  once in 2 days.

This pudding is served along with custard, so you can try serving that way too.

This is such a easy pudding recipe and it turns out perfect. just follow the ingredients. the ratio is 2 cups of dry fruits : 1 cup flour : 1/2 cup sugar : 1/2 cup butter.

slice of christmas pudding

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chocolate muffins with whipped cream frosting

First i need to scream and tell you, that i am doing a work continously, it is - i am blogging here for the past five years!! Sounds Great right? Things that keeps me hooked in blogging is, mails from my readers who write up after trying recipes from here. it's like drinking some enegy drink when you read your readers mail. i wanted to share a comment which i could never forget and makes me smile, whenever i think about it.

For curd Rice - " hey lavi...m pregnant n was tempting 2 hve curd rice...i made ur recipe its delicious...........thnk you....... m happieeeeeeeee n my stomch tooooo"
Thank You Anonymous!!!! 

Did i tell you, that i was contacted by my neighbour to bake cupcakes for their get together party. and i delivered about 30 of these cupcakes. the host of the party said, everyone liked & told me, many enquired, whether i would take orders from them too!! i also made kaju katli's for my other neighbour and Eggless dates cake for a birthday party! seems everyone liked my bakes and it makes me happy!! 

so this cupcake recipe is tried by me for more than 5 times in a row for this year alone!

makes - 18 muffins
baking time - 20 mins


1 and 1/4 cup of All purpose flour / maida
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
a tiny pinch of salt
2 Egg's
2 tbsp of milk
1/2 cup of sugar (powdered)
1/2 cup of butter (Butter at room temperature)
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/3 cup chocolate chips

for whipped cream frosting:

Whipped cream powder - 50 gm / 1 pack (i used blue bird whipped cream)
Cold ice water - 90 ml


Pre-heat the oven/OTG to 200C. Line your muffin tray with cup cake liners.

Sieve the flour,baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder together for atleast two times so that the flour, mixes well with b.soda and b.powder.

In a large glass bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar until pale and fluffy. i used my electric mixer and it always takes about 2-3 minutes at medium speed to cream the butter pale and fluffy. Break in the egg's one by one and beating well after adding each egg.

Start adding flour to the bowl in three intervals and use your wooden spoon or spatula to fold in the flour. add milk and chocolate chips and mix everything together. Divide the batter to the lined muffin tray.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted to the centre of the muffin comes out clean. once the muffins are done, cool them for about 10 minutes.

To make the whipped cream frosting, In a seperate mixing bowl, beat together the whipped cream powder and the ice cold water(90ml.) for about 3 minutes in high speed with your electric mixer. once the cream is whipped, put the whipped cream in freezer for about 10 minutes before frosting the muffins.

Just spread a spoon of frosting over each muffins sprinkle few chocolate chips on top. it is better to to do frosting just before serving, as the frosting falls/melts down in few minutes for indian climate. or after frosting, refrigerate the muffins till you serve.

Thanks to all by blogger friends, my blog readers and commenters for all your support and love!!!

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