I've watched with amazement the fuss about Heston Blumenthal's Christmas Pudding (the one with the orange in the middle) and the ridiculous prices they are fetching on eBay now they are sold out at Waitrose. Has anyone actually seen/tried one (I know it's early to cook one off, especially considering the value of the things)?
I've got a tried and tested Christmas Pud recipe which I've used for years, and I reckon that by poaching an orange (that you've well perforated with a skewer) in a stock syrup, with a few additional orangey/christmassey flavourings, letting it dry, and popping it into the middle of a pud mix, then steaming as usual.
The only thing that I could forsee going wrong is that the orange could collapse during the steaming: Heston is a clever bloke, and I expect his pud followed many experiments in his research kitchen.
Not sure how to post my full guess-recipe (guessipe?) on here, or if I should post a link, but it's on my blog. Would love comments, ideas, (kindly-intentioned) insults etc
I was thinking similar about how the pudding might be made- I toyed with the idea, but the potential sweetness of the orange put me off, I always put plenty or citrus peel in my pudding and loads of fruit, but no sugar, as it is sweet enough with the fruit-a big sugary orange would just be too sweet for us!
The orange would probably stay in shape if it was full of syrupy moisture- like the lemon in a Sussex pound pudding.
Thanks, Kate: like you, the idea doesn't really appeal to me, but I'd been asked by a few people if the Christmas Pudding recipe on my blog could be adapted. The Sussex Pond Pudding comparison gives me confidence that it should work, provided the orange is pierced and poached as I'd suggested. Interestingly, Heston's own recipe for SPP that I found with a quick google doesn't use whole fruit, so no clues there!
I'll be sticking to (hopefully not literally) my old-fashioned puds, and leave the experimentation to others, in this instance.
Lol. Popham Services on the A303 now pretty good, though, since the HB re-vamp - not sure I'd like to eat Christmas Dinner there...
the best services, that I have found are Tebay Services on the M6
the only problem is the number of visitors it receives, oh and the prices !!
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