Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas pudding – that spoonful of dark, sticky, alcohol-soaked goodness which marks the grand finale of Christmas Day. As beer lovers and a leading beer distributor in Malta, we at Birra Biss love to incorporate beer and ale to give traditional recipes an interesting twist.
Any Christmas pudding should be crammed with fruit, which serves as the pudding’s whole skeleton. There is no strict rule for which fruit you should add – feel free to make up the weight with whatever you happen to have in your pantry. Add grated carrot with the apple, juicy prunes, or sweet and crunchy fig. Mixed peel is also a must for many.
Christmas puddings are as much about texture as flavour – they should be just the right amount of dense, without being solid. The secret is in letting the chopped pieces of apples, mixed with the raising, currants and sultanas soak overnight in the citrus juice and ale of choice. Not sure what type of ale to use? If a full-flavoured, golden ale with a distinctive fruity flavour is what your life is lacking, then Black Sheep’s Holy Grail might be the answer. Either way, you’re bound to find something to your taste among our wide variety of Black Sheep Ales.
Cinnamon and cloves are what give the pudding its distinct taste, and grated orange and lemon its citrussy freshness. Some cooks even like to add a few cardamom and coriander seeds – it all boils down to personal taste.
Steaming & Storing
If you have the time, we suggest resting the mixture for up to a week before steaming, which will no doubt help the flavours develop even further. More importantly, give it a long initial steam to caramelise the sugars – four hours should be sufficient to cook them through. On Christmas day, cover with pleated greaseproof paper and foil and steam for two hours to warm it up.
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We at Birra Biss solemnly swear that no matter how full you are after Christmas lunch, you will manage to make space for a serving (or two) of this yummy pudding. If you’re looking for a reliable alcohol beer distributor in Malta to cater for your dinners and parties this festive season, look no further than Birra Biss. We even offer free door-to-door delivery!
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