So many people love a traditional Christmas pudding and I must admit I am one, however, if you are having friends over during the festivities a lighter Christmas Pudding somewhere in this festive time is a good thing - You can offer a choice - knowing my friends they would have a bit of both!
This Nigella recipe is taken from the Christmas Special of her programme Nigella Bites.
These recipes are simple and stress-free.
As Nigella Says:
"Christmas food is the best sort of food because it's about proper,
unpretentious home cooking. Feasting isn't about formality: it's about providing
friends and family with good things to eat."
Ingredients * 500g cranberries (fresh or frozen) * 50g unsalted butter * 3 tablespoons sugar (for the batter) * 175g self-raising flour * half teaspoon baking powder * 120g unsalted butter, melted * 175g caster sugar * 2 eggs beaten * few drops orange oil * 30g flaked almonds * a sprinkling of Demerara sugar
Method: How to cook cranberry and orange pudding
1.Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3/325F.
2.Melt the 50g of butter in a wide saucepan and add the 3 tablespoons of sugar and the cranberries. Cook over a fairly high heat until they begin to pop a bit.
3.Take the pan off the heat while you make the batter.
4.Combine the flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl and add the eggs, melted butter and orange oil.
5.Mix to a smooth batter and line the bottom of a 2 pint round pie dish and then cover with the cranberries, dot with the remaining half of the mixture not worrying too much if the cranberries are not covered completely.
6.Sprinkle over the flaked almonds and Demerara sugar and bake in the oven for about 45 mins to an hour, by which time the top will be golden brown and set.
This would go lovely with Ice Cream and Cream. Why Not Add a drop of Liqueur to the cream!