|Hope no one is offended by my wooden boards…..|
Christmas pudding is one of those things that you either love or hate. I spent my childhood hating it and now I love it. Not any Christmas pudding mind, it has to be my mothers. No recipe just a handful of this, a handful of that and the obligatory bottle of stout. wrapped lovingly in a special pudding cloth and steamed for hours before being hung from a broom handle to cool. I still remember the smell in the old back kitchen in Dublin to this day and the condensation on the inside of the windows as it was steamed.
|I couldn’t resist these candy stripe muffin cases!|
This was the first year that my mother didn’t make a pudding but luckily I had a small one that I had wrapped carefully and stored away last year that I could indulge in. Still perfect after twelve months wrapped up and tasted completely delicious.
I hate any sort of food waste and when I came across this recipe to use up leftover pudding I decided to give it a bash. I always love Rachel Allen recipes and this is another one to keep on file and use again.
I didn’t use the whiskey/sherry/brandy in my mix but delicious hazelnut Baileys and I topped them with a mascarpone icing made up of;
250g mascarpone cheese
100g icing sugar
a generous splash of Baileys
Mix the mascarpone, sieve in the icing sugar and stir in the baileys before piping or spreading onto your muffins.
|Honestly not staged, he was just bringing the muffins for a walk!|
So that’s my Christmas dishes over with until next December. I have enjoyed sharing them with you over the last couple of weeks. I am looking forward to seeing what 2013 has to bring and I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy new year, xxx.
|A Christmas present from me to me!|