Christmas may be a huge occasion for the Royal Family, but you don’t need to have secured an invite to the Sandringham Estate to eat like a royal this festive season.
Taking to the Queen’s official Instagram page, palace chefs have shared the family’s Christmas pudding recipe and it’s easier than you may think.
Sharing the post on Stir-up Sunday – the Sunday before the beginning of Advent – the chefs have revealed how to make a Christmas pudding fit for the Queen and explained why the pud is made weeks in advance of the big day.
They wrote: “Today is Stir-up Sunday: traditionally the day when home cooks ‘stir up’ their Christmas pudding mixture on the Sunday before the Advent season – and the countdown to Christmas – begins.
“This year, chefs in the Royal kitchens have shared their recipe for a traditional Christmas pudding. We hope that some of you enjoy making it in your own homes.”
Keeping it simple, the recipe uses pantry staples including raisins, citrus peel and a variety of spices to create the traditional pudding, with some additional booze to give it a special twist.
Created ahead of time, the pudding can be reheated on a bain-marie for three to four hours on Christmas Day, meaning that more time can be spent enjoying the festivities and less time spent over the stove.
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- 250g raisins
- 250g currants
- 185g sultanas
- 150g mixed peel
- 250g suet or vegetarian suet
- 250g breadcrumbs
- 90g flour
- 12g mixed spice
- 2 whole eggs
- 180g demerara sugar
- 275ml beer
- 40ml dark rum
- 40ml brandy
It seems that Christmas puddings are a key part of the Royal Family’s Christmas as the Queen alongside Princes Charles, William and George have all been spotted putting their baking skills to the test.
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The four generations joined together in 2019 to make a pudding for members of the British Armed Forces as part of the Royal British Legion’s Together at Christmas initiative, which helped tackle loneliness and isolation during the festive season.
It has also been revealed that the Queen likes to give members of her staff a Christmas pudding as a gift each year to thank them for their help.
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