Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding

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A Proper British Christmas Pudding

This delicious British steamed Christmas pudding of persimmon, almond meal, warm spices and eggs gets soaked in Brandy and lit on fire when served. Don’t forget to put a coin in for next year’s good luck!

Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
British Christmas Poppers

Christmas Pudding

Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol, I believe was the first and only time I had encountered The Christmas Pudding. Now, married to a British Gentleman, I accepted the challenge to – Recreate The Christmas Pudding.

Dickens
Dickens A Christmas Carol

Traditions are like that. Particularly at holiday time, we reach deep into our memories to bring to life the flavors, smells, and tastes we remember as a child. And so, I wanted to see if I might possibly do this for my husband. 

Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
British Christmas Pudding

Persimmon Pudding

This persimmon, nuts and spice custard, simmers in a bath tucked deep inside the oven, filling the house with aromas that bring a sparkle to the eye, and a lick to the lips. 

Although a variety of dried fruits can be used, Persimmon is the fruit I used to steam this pudding. Apples also make a delicious alternative. 

The hub lived thirty-years of his life in Hong Kong while serving the queen doing James Bond type work. Shhhhh! 

Persimmons are the national fruit of Japan, which are also easily found throughout many parts  of Asia and the husband grew to love them while living in Asia. 

Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
Persimmon

Steamed Pudding

Here in America, we don’t often find popularity in steamed puddings. It seams we often bake or boil desserts. 

A steamed pudding is really just a slow and low technique of cooking a dense, moist cake-like dessert. 

The batter is placed in baking dishes, which are then set in a pan half filled with water. The steaming water bath keeps the pudding very moist, while oven baking can often dry out cake-type desserts. 

British Christmas Dessert

While a traditional British pudding is just as much savory as it is sweet, I have only had the sweet version served at Christmas time. 

I’m sure Dickens and our passion for the storytelling in A Christmas Carol, is what introduced Christmas pudding to us Americans. 

The technique used by Mrs. Cratchit, in the story, was a little different from our more elaborate kitchen facilities. 

Beautiful earthenware baking dishes that will be set in a water bath in the oven, is what we might use today. 

Mrs. Cratchit, who was with little means (as the story goes), probably used a small copper wash pan (for lack of varied cooking utensils), to steam the pudding in while setting it in an iron pot of water and hung it over the fire for hours to steam. 

Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
Steamed Pudding

Ingredients Needed

  • Persimmon or Apples
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Eggs
  • Brown sugar
  • Whipping cream
  • Almond meal
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace
  • Confection sugar
  • Brandy or Rum
Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Baking dishes
  • Roasting pan
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Matches
  • A coin

Making A Proper British Christmas Pudding

Fruits, either dried or fresh, or both together, are the first ingredient that gets decided on, when making our Christmas pudding. 

Since persimmons or apples are the dominant fruits we have access to in December, where I live, either makes for a delicious steamed pudding. 

Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
Peeled Persimmon

Figs, hence the name ‘Figgy Pudding,’ or any other dried fruit can be used alone or with a fresh fruit. 

Too bad fig season is over by December, otherwise I would have made this pudding with fresh figs from my yard. 

The batter is mostly eggs, milk or cream, a variety of warm spices, chopped nuts and the fruit. The smell that fills the house while this pudding is steaming is absolutely Christmas!

This recipe that I have created is fast and easy to assemble. Cooking time is the only timely aspect, but then who doesn’t long for something warm in the oven on a cold winter day!

Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
Pour Brandy Ignite Serve

Ingredients Needed

  • Whole milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Eggs
  • Brown sugar
  • Whipping cream
  • Almond meal
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace
  • Brandy
  • Confection sugar

Equipment Needed

  • Medium bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Basting brush
  • Baking dish
  • Baking pan – to set the dish in for a water bath
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spatula
  • Oven
  • Matches

Steamed Persimmon British Christmas Pudding

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Dessert, HolidaysCuisine: British
Servings

4

servings

This delicious British pudding of persimmon, almond meal, warm spices and eggs all steamed in a bath, soaked in Brandy and lit on fire when served. 

Ingredients

  • Persimmons – 4 ripe, peeled and pureed (apples can be used as an alternative

  • Whole Milk – 1 ½ cup

  • Lemon juice – from one whole lemon

  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon

  • Eggs – 3

  • Brown sugar – 1 ½ cups

  • Whipping Cream – ¼ cup

  • Almond meal – 1/4 cup crushed almonds

  • Butter – ½ stick – melted

  • Flour – 1 ½ cups

  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

  • Salt – ½ teaspoon

  • Cinnamon – 1 heaping teaspoon

  • Nutmeg – 1 teaspoon

  • Mace – ½ teaspoon

  • Glazing syrup – 1/8 cup of Brandy and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Directions

  • Add lemon juice and baking soda to the milk. Stir and let set to foam and thicken while you begin to mix the other ingredients.
  • In a large bowl, add eggs, sugar, almonds and cream. Mix.
  • Brush a little of the melted butter all around the inside of your baking dish.
  • Add the remaining melted butter to the egg batter. Mix.
  • Add the dry ingredients. Stir. Pour the foam from the milk to the egg batter and stir. Gently pour the remaining milk into the batter and mix.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. This dish will be placed into a larger baking dish, but first pour a little water in the larger baking dish to create a steam bath. Set the bowl of batter into the baking bath and cover with foil to create a loose tent.
  • Bake at 325 for about an hour, or until the pudding looks firm and no longer jiggles.
  • Glazing syrup
  •  Mix the brandy and sugar together.
  • Place a serving plate on top of the warm pudding and flip it over to invert the warm pudding onto the plate. Drizzle the syrup on top of the pudding and immediately light with a match. The blaze will die down and the pudding is ready to indulge all of you Christmas memories! Don’t forget to put a coin in it!
Steamed Persimmon Christmas Pudding
Brandy Ignited Pudding
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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