How To Re-Heat a Christmas Pudding

Christmas puddings are usually made many months in advance and have a second cooking before serving. Choose your preferred method to do this, in the microwave, on the hob or in the oven from the table below.

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  Microwave Method Hob Method Oven Method 
Preparation

Remove the aluminium foil, check the pudding is in good condition and replace the parchment layer.

Cover the pudding loosely with cling film, which will allow steam to escape.

Remove the aluminium foil, check the pudding is in good condition and replace the parchment layer.

Re-cover the pudding dish with aluminium foil, tucking it in well at the outer rim.

Remove the aluminium foil, check the pudding is in good condition and replace the parchment layer.

Re-cover the pudding dish with aluminium foil, tucking it in well at the outer rim.
Method Put the pudding(s) into the microwave and close the door.

Stand the pudding(s) in the bottom of a large pan and add boiling water until it comes half way up the pudding dishes.

Stand the pudding(s) in the bottom of a deep oven dish and add boiling water until it comes half way up the pudding dishes.
Temperature Turn the microwave to full power (800w). Set the hob control for gentle simmering.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, Fan 160°C, 350°F, Gas 4.

Time Cook for 3 minutes then leave to stand for 2 minutes.

Put the lid on the pan and simmer gently for 60 minutes. For mini puddings, simmer gently for 30 minutes.

Check the hot water halfway and refill if needed.

Cover the oven dish with a lid or aluminium foil and bake in the hot oven for 60 minutes (or 30 minutes for mini puddings).

Check the hot water halfway and refill if needed.

Serving

 

Remove the pudding dish(s) from the microwave.

Remove the cling film and parchment paper.

Run a warm knife around the inside edge of the bowl.

Put a warm plate on top of the pudding basin, carefully invert the pudding and let it slide on to the plate. Keep warm until serving.
 

Carefully remove the pudding dish(s) from the saucepan of hot water.

Remove the aluminium foil and parchment paper.

Run a warm knife around the inside edge of the bowl.

Put a warm plate on top of the pudding basin, carefully invert the pudding and let it slide on to the plate. Keep warm until serving.
 

Carefully remove the pudding dish(s) from the dish of hot water.

Remove the aluminium foil and parchment paper.

Run a warm knife around the inside edge of the bowl.

Put a warm plate on top of the pudding basin, carefully invert the pudding and let it slide on to the plate. Keep warm until serving.
How To Flame a Christmas Pudding
  1. Put 3-4 tablespoons of brandy or rum into a small saucepan and warm gently without letting it boil.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and as you pour the liquid onto the plated pudding, carefully ignite the alcohol with a lighter.
  3. Before the flame subsides, tilt the serving plate and spoon any liquid back over the pudding. The flame will disappear when all the alcohol has burnt away.
 



My Mum sliced pudding then fried in butter.Sprinkled with granulated sugar, with warm custard or cream, delicious!!
By Annie Cornish
21 Dec 2020

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