Test Kitchen tips

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Get Ready For Christmas -

● How to steam a Christmas pud­ding

You can use a metal pud­ding steamer or a ce­ramic pud­ding bowl. Metal pud­ding steam­ers are bet­ter than ce­ramic pud­ding bowls as the metal will con­duct heat more ef­fi­ciently and are usu­ally sold with a tight-fit­ting, clip-on lid. You will need to cre­ate a cover for the pud­ding mix­ture if us­ing a ce­ramic pud­ding bowl.

STEPS

1. Grease the pud­ding steamer. Trace the base of the steamer onto bak­ing pa­per; cut out the pa­per slightly in­side the marked cir­cle. Place the pa­per in steamer to cover base.

2. Place a sheet of foil and bak­ing pa­per on the bench. Fold a 5cm pleat through cen­tre of both sheets; this al­lows for ex­pan­sion dur­ing steam­ing.

3. Place the pud­ding mix­ture into steamer. Cover with the pleated foil and bak­ing pa­per; se­cure with kitchen string un­der the rim of the steamer and/or a tight-fit­ting lid.

4. Place the pud­ding steamer in a larger boiler or stock pot with enough boil­ing wa­ter to come half­way up the side of the steamer. Cover the boiler with a tight-fit­ting lid; weigh lid down with a brick or some­thing else heavy, to re­duce wa­ter evap­o­ra­tion.

5. Set a kitchen timer to pe­ri­od­i­cally check the wa­ter level and top up with more boil­ing wa­ter. Boil for 6 hours.

● Stor­ing Christmas pud­ding

Re­gard­less of whether the pud­ding is boiled or steamed, cool the pud­ding to room tem­per­a­ture, then wrap in plas­tic wrap and seal tightly in a freezer bag (or place in an air­tight con­tainer, or re­turn to the cleaned steamer). Store in the fridge for up to two months or freeze for up to 12 months.

● Re­heat­ing Christmas pud­ding

Thaw frozen boiled pud­ding in fridge for three days. Re­move from the fridge 12 hours be­fore re­heat­ing. Re­move the plas­tic wrap, cover with a non-floured cloth and tie. Boil for 2 hours, fol­low­ing recipe in­struc­tions (op­po­site). Hang the hot pud­ding for 10 min­utes. Re­move cloth; stand for 20 min­utes be­fore serv­ing. To re­heat a frozen steamed pud­ding, thaw as for a boiled pud­ding. Re­turn the pud­ding to the steamer; steam for 2 hours fol­low­ing the recipe in­struc­tions (left). To re­heat a whole boiled or steamed Christmas pud­ding in a mi­crowave, mi­crowave on MEDIUM (55%) for 15 min­utes or un­til hot.

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