Christmas Pudding Day 2015
Today is the day... 4 extra large Christmas Puddings need to be made.
They need to be put on to boil as early as possible... the biggest of the 4 will take 7 hours today and another 2 hours on Christmas Day.
My sweet (& fave) Aunt has kept the family tradition of Christmas Pudding going since she inherited this task several years ago.
My grandmother, whom I helped with the Pud for many years during my childhood, had her own recipe. She also had a 'secret' recipe for the accompanying infamous Brandy Butter.
When my Aunt went through the recipe books not one of them seemed to be what she recalled as THE CHRISTMAS PUD her Mum used to make.
It took her 3 years to perfect the recipes found - my grandmother was notorious for not writing down any modifications made to any recipes, with many many recipes simply stored in her head. Some, like the infamous Brandy Butter, were never recorded, were kept very secret until such time as she knew she would need to share them if the tradition was to have a hope of continuing.
That Brandy Butter recipe source remains a mystery to this day. The only recipe found that comes close does not come close in taste nor specialness.
For the past 3 years running I have assisted my Aunt in the making of the Christmas Puds, each year we have increased the amount of puddings or the size of the puddings.
This year our biggest amount and sizes yet - 4 very large ones.
Almost 5 kilos of dried fruit, 13.5 cups of breadcrumbs, a dozen eggs the crazy proportion of ingredients goes on.
We begin just after 9 and we are done and have the first on to cook at 10.30! My cousin helped this year so that definitely sped up the process of measuring ingredients, peeling grating and juicing also.
The all important part of tying off each pudding basin after covering with pleated greaseproof and then topped with foil, secured with string ready to hit the boiling water waiting for it atop the stove.
Last year I drew a quick diagram of my Aunts stovetop, I did the same this year... a tradition in and of itself now!
Last years diagram:
Then of course came the washing up... we use huge mixing bowls to get this job done! Once cleaned up it is simply a matter of checking on the big pots holding the puddings, ideally water half way up the basins is best, you do not want them boiling dry!
I have yet to edit these photos, add the meaningful journaling and print ready for my December Daily album.
I fear that because this day and the next are difficult days to document (due to my Aunts health and diagnosis) I will not continue with documenting December 2015. I know that my future self will regret that deeply so blogging the day will avoid that regret.
I urge you do document the good, the bad and the downright sad and not just in December, all stories make up the whole person.
PS I have not forgotten Day 5, the time to document it and share here just hasn't happened.