Puddings and other desserts

Puddings and other desserts

By
Margaret Fulton
Contains
5 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742705323
Photographer
Mark Roper

Making the special treats of Christmas is mostly a family affair. Take making the Christmas pudding, with the children taking their turns in stirring the pudding, making a secret wish as they do so. This is meant to bring good luck. But, according to old English lore, the pudding should only be stirred clockwise because this is the direction in which the sun was presumed to move around the earth. To stir in the opposite direction was supposed to invite disaster.

While some people enjoy a rich, fruity, spicy plum pudding, others know that there are special desserts more suited to hot climates and as a finale to a rich meal. Trifles are perhaps a first choice. Easy to make – and made ahead is the way to go – a trifle can be as lavish and decorative as you wish. I give a recipe for a trifle finished off with Persian fairy floss and silver leaf, as exotic as Aladdin and One Thousand and One Nights.

Should pavlova be a favourite, individual pavlova nests are a unique take on this classic, while summer pudding is a festive finish on a warm Christmas Day.

If you want to celebrate Christmas on winter solstice, keep your rich plum pudding and serve a light dessert knowing that the plum pudding can only improve with time and be even more enjoyable on a cold wintry day.

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