Christmas pudding muffins!



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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1101825/Rachel-Allens-luxury-Christmas-leftovers-recipe-Christmas-pudding-muffins-sherry-butter-icing.html

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!
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4 Responses to Christmas pudding muffins!

  1. Peggy says:

    Oh Paula that icing sounds so decadent! It would be hard not to indulge!!!

  2. Amee says:

    Lovely stuff Paula and no string 😉 All the best for the new year.

  3. Geoff says:

    Those are nice spoons.
    Do you always eat your cupcakes with a spoon?
    I plan on making a savoury version of these using brussels sprouts.

  4. Adrienne says:

    These look delicious Paula, I really wish I hadn’t donated my Christmas pudding to the parents in law now. I think I will ask them to post it back to me :) Wishing you a very happy New Year and a blogtastic 2013. x

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