Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding, a festive staple in British holiday feasts, is a rich, dense dessert steeped in tradition and flavored with a medley of seasonal spices and fruits. This vegan version preserves the celebratory essence of the original while using plant-based ingredients, ensuring everyone can indulge in this quintessential holiday treat.

Begin by mixing dried fruits like raisins, currants, and sultanas with some chopped nuts and zesty orange peel. These ingredients not only add depth and variety to the texture but also soak up the flavors of the spices and liquids you’ll add next. Use a splash of brandy or rum for authenticity, or opt for a non-alcoholic alternative like apple juice to keep it family-friendly.

The binding mixture is crucial. Instead of traditional suet, use a high-quality vegan butter, which helps to bind the ingredients while adding a rich, moist texture. Combine this with a blend of flour, breadcrumbs, and ground flaxseeds mixed with water—an excellent vegan substitute that adds the necessary body and moisture to the pudding.

Steam the pudding for several hours, allowing the flavors to meld beautifully and the texture to become perfectly dense and satisfying. The long cooking time is traditional and infuses the pudding with the unmistakable aroma of Christmas.

When it’s time to serve, light it with a splash of brandy for that dramatic, festive flare—or simply garnish with a sprig of holly. Serve your vegan Christmas pudding with a dollop of vegan cream or custard, and watch as it becomes a new holiday favorite, offering warmth, spice, and everything nice, without compromising on taste or tradition.

Christmas Pudding

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