When it gets to Christmas you want some hot, soft and tasty to be with and what more could you want than a Christmas Pudding? This recipe was given to me by my Grandmother who I always watched whilst she was cooking. She makes the pudding around a week before Christmas making sure every ingredient is nothing less than perfect and weighed to the gram, nothing can be out of place. Christmas is about making things perfect, so here is the guide to making the pefect Christmas pudding:

Ingredients needed are:
40g of Plain flour.
40g of Suet.
40g of Sugar.
40g of Currants.
40g of Sultanas.
40g of grated Carrot.
20g of chopped orange peel.
The grated rind and juice of a lemon.
Half a nutmeg, grated.
2 Eggs beaten with a dash of milk.
A pinch of Salt.

I always thought the pudding was the best bit. When I was younger I used to think it looked so amazing when my Mother set it alight, the orange flames looked so beautiful against the pudding. So rich. Looking around the table seeing all my Family look at this pudding in wonderment, that is what Christmas was really about. Being with family. My Grandmother always used to say:

"The pudding makes the day come together."

Method.
1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 5 for at least an hour before you put the pudding in. My Grandmother always told me this was the secret of the pudding, the heat, it worked for her anyway.
2. Grease a round pudding basin approx. seven inches across in size, you want a decent size pudding for setting fire because that is the best part of the meal - the fire! 3. Stir together all of the above ingredients making sure they are thoroughly mixed together. She always said to "make sure there isn't too much of the same thing close together."
4. Put all the mixture into the greased pudding tin and then steam for at least six hours or when you think it is cooked - remember to test it before taking it out. Once it is out leave it to cool and then place it in a sealed container and leave it until the bid day.

"Aparently there is some form of tradition to put a silver sixpence in a Christmas pudding. The (lucky) finder supposidly gets granted a wish, that is if they don't lose their tooth!"
- wertperch

- With special thanks to my Grandmother.

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