We are in full festive spirit in our flat. Our tree has been up for weeks, we have jingle bells playing on our stereo (and A-L loves to sing along with her own version of ‘tinkerbells, tinkerbells, tinker all the way…’), and we are indulging in lots of festive baking (and eating).
To ramp up the festive spirit even further, I decided to make a Christmas pudding this week. I know that I’m probably a bit late (the best ones are prepared in October) but hey, I thought I’d give it a go. This is the first time that I’ve dared to attempt this Christmas tradition. My mum makes amazing puddings so it’s a difficult standard to keep up with.
I decided on a recipe, purchased a bulk load of fruit and set about measuring, stirring and steaming (for hours!). The resulting pudding looks and smells amazing so I hope it’ll be nice. It’s now sitting on our windowsill waiting patiently for the big day. As a result of this Christmas endeavour, I now have a range of dried fruit hanging around in my cupboards. One dark and cold afternoon, A-L and I decided to use these ingredients to mix up a healthier festive treat: here enters the mini no-cook Christmas puds!
The little lady loved to join in with the making of these treats. As they are so easy, she could help out at every stage (see below). She particularly enjoyed the tasting bit, squashing the mixture together and used her artistic flair to decorate the puddings (can you tell which ones she decorated?). This recipe made 10 mini puds but could easily be scaled up.
This is my second seasonal recipe. My other toddler friendly Christmas cooking was a ‘healthier’, vegetarian take on a trifle.
- 35g sultanas
- 35g raisins
- 35g pecans or walnuts
- 1 tsp pinenuts (optional)
- large pinch cinnamon
- large pinch mixed spice
- a few fresh gratings of nutmeg
- Put all the ingredients into a food processor.
- Blend until everything is mixed well, coarsely chopped and sticky (see photos below).
- Using your hands, squash a teaspoonful of the mixture together and roll into a ball.
- Place in mini muffin cases and decorate. I used rice paper and a currant to try to recreate the look of a Christmas pudding (but without using sugar icing). A-L just used lots of raisins. Decorate as you wish!