Suma Vegetarian Christmas Pudding Recipe
Christmas Pudding Recipe
Many people are disappointed with the vast array of factory mass produced Christmas puds on the market and equally daunted by the prospect of making their own.
So, we asked Sheena (Suma’s best pudding, cake and desert maker) amongst her many other talents, to give us an easy to follow recipe for a perfect Christmas pudding to amaze your friends and family.
We’ve also included the manufacturer of the ingredients and the price list codes. This one is totally vegetarian friendly thanks to the vegetarian suet.
Line a 28cm x 45cm (11˝ x 17˝) baking sheet with parchment paper.
Firstly temper the chocolate: Using a microwave, place 3/4 of chocolate in a microwave – bowl (set aside remaining chocolate). With bowl uncovered, heat chocolate for 30 seconds at 50 percent power and then stir with a rubber spatula. Repeat, heating for 30 seconds and stirring, until almost all the chocolate in the bowl is melted, about 4 to 5 minutes. Using an instant-read thermometer, check temperature of chocolate. It should be no more than 48°C. If it hasn’t reached desired temperature, continue to heat (in 10-second bursts). Then add reserved chocolate and stir constantly until completely melted and smooth and thermometer reads 30°-32°C. Chocolate is now tempered.
To make bark: Using a spatula, spread chocolate in an even layer, about 1/4 inch thick, on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with the nut and fruit mixture. Allow bark to cool until hard and use a sharp knife to cut into pieces. Wrap in gift boxes lined with decorative paper, or place in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. You may want to check out this Festive Chocolate Bark recipe too.
You can of course use any combination of dried fruit and nuts to top your bark!
Sheena’s Tip – you can mix and match the fruits to suit your taste, just keep the total weight the same. Any of our vine fruit mixes EG DR691 have a mix of dried fruits already to use. Or if you prefer to be a little more exotic add some chopped apricots, figs, prunes, dates.