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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Chocolate Orange Pudding in a Mermaid Pudding Baisn

When I was asked to take part in a pudding contest using Mermaid’s two pint pudding basin (RRP £15.99), I decided not to make a traditional Plum Pudding but  still wanted to have a Christmas flavour and,  after some thought, was inspired by the flavours of the Chocolate Orange.

The Chocolate Orange is as much a part of Christmas as mince pies, Christmas stockings and Father Christmas.  For years, you could only get a milk chocolate version of this favourite chocolate treat, but now there are so many different varieties, something for every taste.

Chocolate Orange Pudding

3 oranges
3 tbsp cocoa
125g muscovado sugar
150g milk
50g breadcrumbs
1 egg yolk
50g melted butter
1/2 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp orange essence (optional, but intensifies the flavour)

1. Butter a 2pint/ 1.4 litre Mermaid Pudding Basin and put a circle of baking paper in the base of the basin.
2. Cut 2 of the oranges into round slices (don't use the ends), put them in a pan and cover with cold water, bring to the boil and boil for 3 minutes to blanch them.  Drain on kitchen paper.  Arrange in the pudding basin.
3. In a bowl, mix the cocoa and sugar with a little milk until smooth, then add the rest of the milk..
4. Zest the third orange and stir into the mixture with the orange essence,  breadcrumbs, melted butter and egg yolk.
5. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda and fold into the batter.
6. Pour the batter into the pudding basin.
7. Make a lid for the pudding basin: lay out a piece of foil and top it with a piece of baking parchment, make a pleat in the middle and lay it over the pudding basin, pressing it over and around the rim.
8. Take a piece of string and make a slip knot, place the loop over the pudding basin and tighten.  Make a handle with the string so it is easy to lift into and out of the pot.
9. Place the basin on an upturned saucer or trivet in a large pan half filled with water.
10. Bring the water to the boil then simmer with the lid on for 1 1/2 hours, checking every 30  minutes to make sure it doesn't boil dry.

Meanwhile make the orange sauce
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
segments from the remaining orange
1 tbsp brandy (optional)

Place the sugar and water in a pan, gently heat the water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.  Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half.  Remove from the heat and add the orange segments, leave to cool for 5 minutes, add the brandy and chill the orange sauce.

11. Lift the basin from the pan and remove the foil lid.
12. Run a knife carefully around the inside of the basin and turn the pudding out onto a plate.
13. Serve the pudding with custard or cream and a spoonful of the orange sauce.

I have to say that this was a total triumph! The pudding slid perfectly out of the Mermaid Pudding Baisin and the breadcrumbs in the pudding made it light and airy, but with a rich chocolate taste. This was perfectly contrasted with the sharp zesty taste of the oranges.

I received the Mermaid Pudding Basin, I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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At 1 December 2012 at 23:18 , Blogger Unknown said...

Meanwhile... Janice makes a bloody amazing pudding. Chocolate orange is fabulous and a firm favourite of mine. It looks stunning too!

At 2 December 2012 at 08:26 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Dom, it was bloody amazing, though I say it myself!

At 2 December 2012 at 16:15 , Blogger Choclette said...

That is absolutely spectacular Janice. i love the oranges so boldly on show.

At 2 December 2012 at 18:23 , Blogger Kate@whatkatebaked said...

Janice this is brilliant!!! What a fantastic, inspired twist on a traditional favourite. Love, love, love!

At 2 December 2012 at 19:12 , Anonymous Laura Loves Cakes said...

What an amazing could be taking on Heston with this one...give it a few weeks and you could sell it on ebay for £80! ;-) A really nice twist and very striking with the orange slices :-)

At 3 December 2012 at 10:21 , Blogger Rosie said...

Oh look at this orange pudding. It looks fantastic. I will try it!!!

At 3 December 2012 at 19:11 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

I hope you saved a piece for me Janice as this looks absolutely delicious - I made a fruit pudding for Kenwood Christmas menu last week with clementines on the outside, it looks great that way, but, I must admit to lusting after your chocolate version now! Stunning! Karen

At 5 December 2012 at 15:07 , Anonymous Corina said...

I love the combination of chocolate and orange - this looks amazing. I'd love to try it.


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