Just in case there are any poor deprived sods out there who have never experienced the mouthful of heaven that is a mini plum pud, I present herewith the annual posting of same:
This is the world’s easiest christmas ‘recipe’ – and I’m using the term in its loosest sense – and great fun to make with any available little people.
Step 1. Buy the cheapest no-name brand Christmas cake that you can find.
You will also need some white chocolate for melting and some red and green glace cherries. If, like me, you’ve become tired of finding the mummified remains of the rest of the packet of cherries at the back of the pantry a year later, you can substitute any slightly gelatinous sweets in red and green. This year we tried Gummi Bears. They worked just fine … with the added bonus that David ensured there were no leftovers.
Step 2. Moosh up the cake with a half cup of liquid. This can be orange juice, brandy, or whatever you find at the back of the liquor cabinet. This year we used orange juice with the addition of a teaspoon of aged Bundy rum.
Step 3. Roll mixture into small balls and pop into the fridge to firm up while you chop the cherries/ gummi bears into very small pieces [ we’re trying for the impression of holly here ]
Step 4. Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or over a double boiler, and working in small batches unless you’re wicked fast, dribble a quantity of choc onto each pudding and decorate with pieces of the red and green whatevers.
Neatness does not earn you extra points.
You can substitute white icing [ frosting ] if you must … but chocolate is better.