The story goes that Great Grandmother Cole had secret recipes for melt-in-your-mouth puddings and cakes. Fortunately for us, her grandson, Albert Cole, found the book and over 60 years ago created a spectacular Christmas pudding based on his grandmother’s recipe.
Cole’s Gluten Free Christmas Pudding has the key flavours of Sultanas, Raisins, Currents, Brown sugar, Molasses and Candied Citrus Peel, Apples and Spices but it’s free from alcohol, nuts and gluten and because Cole’s suet is made with Palm Oil it’s perfect for Vegetarians.
I steamed the 112 gram pudding, but added the alcohol back spooning over a mixed topping of Double Devon Cream and Criollo Chocolate Salted Caramel Liqueur. Um, yes, yummy.
While it’s not unlike me to wear something stretchy for Christmas dinner, I always think dessert is overkill. I offer two sizes to serve to your guests with the requisite Chocolates, Shortbread, grapes and cheese with a lovely Tawny Port that I know you will also have lurking about.
Pudding Servings – The individual puddings can be steamed in a large pot all at once and inverted one pudding per plate. Alternatively, break the pudding apart and split the contents into two small juice glasses layered with the topping much like a Trifle.
Topping Servings – The same amount of topping can go on the individual or the layered style pudding, but it’s really up to you. I used approximately two Tablespoons of Double Devon Cream whisked into a generous Tablespoon of liqueur. One bottle of cream 170 grams serves serves four to five portions of this recipe regardless of the pudding serving.
I going to update this recipe when one of my vegan friends steps up to recommend an ready made alternative to the Devon Cream, but so far I think making your own is the best. There are many syrups that can be substituted for the liqueur like Starbucks® Caramel Syrup which is equally at home in coffee and in cream.
Meantime I am so happy to have found this Cole’s product at my local Metro in Mississauga. I’m a terrible baker and hate to miss this traditional British dish the one time I crave it … Christmas!