The King George Christmas Pudding
Michele used to make these puddings homemade. And, you know how it goes. You make one, you might as well make a dozen. You give a few to a neighbor or two, and people ask for more. So, of course, the next thing to do is start a company selling the dang things.
The idea of a handmade, old-fashioned pudding (that you didn’t have to spend weeks making) all wrapped up in a pretty read box is a pretty easy choice for a hostess gift when calling on friends. But like fruitcake, most people don’t seem to know what the heck is in it and don’t actually eat it. So Michele had to make sure that when she was reviving the tradition of a Christmas pudding that it was more than a quaint, quirky gift. She had to make sure it actually tasted good—good enough to compete with the myriad of other treats around at Xmas.
I like the King George pudding because I love dried fruits, especially candied peel. If you like mincemeat, this is a less sweet, less goopy suggestion, with less spice and more fruit. The cakey element is not as strong as fruitcake, and it’s lovely and moist. You can soak it in rum or brandy ahead of time, and nobody can accuse you of excess. Happiest of all, you set it aflame as you bring it in, making sure to have a grand finale to the Christmas meal.
To learn how to set your pudding aflame, see our video: http://youtu.be/67qGMWIEokY
To pick up a Christmas pudding on your way to see a friend:
Mountain Florence Meats Oakville, Jubilee Fruit Market, Oakville , Kurtz Culinary Creations Niagara-on-the-Lake , Picone Fine Food Dundas, The Wandering Scott Burlington, Upper Canada Cheese Company Jordan
New York State Locations Bet The Farm Aurora, Creekside Books & Coffee Skaneateles , Ithaca Bakery Ithaca , Mirbeau Inn & Spa Skaneateles. Moonlight Creamery Fairport Village, Skaneateles Country Club , Vermont Green Mountain Speciality Skaneateles, 150 East Gennessee St.