OMG! I adore this pudding and I adore you for bringing it to my kitchen! Made it this year, actually three smaller puddings and I can't rave enough about it. I have two left over and I'll be devouring one tomorrow for New Year's Day. It's one of those recipes that you aren't sure you want anyone else liking it...so there's more for you! LOL! Peace!
This was wonderful and, as you said, nice and light and fruity. I halved the recipe with no problem. I used a non alcoholic beer in place of the stout and brandy and only needed a little over 2 fluid ounces to get to right dropping consistency. I was a little concerned after the first steam as it looked very pale and sickly! I wasn't too worried because none of the guests would know what it was meant to be like anyway! However after the second steam it darkened up nicely. I'm not a fan of traditional Christmas pudding recipes but this one is keeper. I froze half as I wasn't sure how well it would do without any booze. I'll pop back again and give you an update on how it turns out. Thanks again FT for a great recipe.
Well this certainly looks like it takes a lot of work, but by the sounds of it, it must be worth it. Its sounds absolutly delicious. I'm going to give it a try tomorrow. Sure hopes it turns out as nice as yours looks. Thanks for sharing Frenchie.