The proof is in the pud­ding

Bring us some figgy pud­ding! The COUN­TRY LIFE team sets out to find the tasti­est non-su­per­mar­ket Christmas pud on the mar­ket

Country Life Every Week - - Simon’s Kitchen -

Tip­tree Or­ganic Christmas Pud­ding,

£10.99, 454g (01621 815407; www.tip­ Zesty and not too rich, a good one to try when lur­ing younger mem­bers of the fam­ily away from the cho­co­late coins.

The Carved An­gel Ap­ple Strudel Christmas Pud­ding,

from £10.95, 454g (www.the­carvedan­; 01752 345120) En­joy­ably eccentric in its strik­ing golden colour and sticky con­sis­tency, with tones of ap­ple and cin­na­mon. Per­fect for those af­ter some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

Dukeshill Christmas Pud­ding,

£20, 454g (0845 370 0129; www. dukeshill­ Dukeshill cer­tainly doesn’t scrimp on the fruit—its pud­dings are crammed with it. Not too heavy ei­ther, which bodes well af­ter a turkey feast.

Mel­rose and Morgan Christmas Plum Pud­ding,

£10, 450g (www.mel­rose­and­mor­gan. com; 020–7485 1600) An en­tic­ingly smooth, light tex­ture, plus it scored the high­est marks for pre­sen­ta­tion from the Ed­i­tor, who was a big fan of its pretty, polka­dot wrap­ping.

Bet­tys Cham­pagne Christmas Pud­ding,

£24.95, 760g (0800 456 1919;­ Bet­tys’ new recipe for this year got a big thumbs up from the team—unique in its citrusy, rich, Cham­pagne taste.

Cole’s Brandy, Port and Wal­nut Christmas Pud­ding,

£7.99, 454g (01799 531053; www.cole­spud­ Rich and a lovely dark colour, we liked the juicy com­bi­na­tion of brandy and Port.

Lil­ly­puds Tra­di­tional Christmas Pud­ding,

£9.25, 454g (www.lil­ly­; 07792 223301) Gen­er­ous with fruit, this is a good one for those who dis­like stodgy rich­ness and want a lightr op­tion.

Chatsworth Farm Shop Christmas Pud­ding,

£6.99, 400g (; 01246 565411) A recipe from the ar­chives of Chatsworth, this pud­ding is not for the meek—tra­di­tional with a strong af­ter­taste.

The Old Fash­ioned Pud­ding Com­pany Tra­di­tional Christmas Pud­ding, £11, 550g (www.old­fash­ioned­pud­; 01733 333204) The light and crumbly tex­ture di­vided crit­ics, but the taste did not—full of flavour, made with Ir­ish stout and French brandy.

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