If you have ever seen a movie of A Christmas Carol, you remember the scene of the Cratchit family's Christmas dinner. At the end of the meal, Mrs. Cratchit brings in a very small, but elegant flaming dessert....a plum pudding. After tasting, Bob Cratchit declares it is the best she has ever made, in all the years of their marriage. She beams in delight at the compliment.
She should beam! Plum pudding is not easy to make, and even harder to make well, especially with the equipment they had back in the time of A Christmas Carol! Luckily, as time has passed, the equipment has improved and with it, the recipe has gotten easier. It is still a complex recipe with many ingredients, but it is one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring desserts that you can make and serve at any dinner. Let's take a look at how it's made.