This Sunday may be the day to stir, but what if one wants to savour a Christmas pud without the exertion of stirring first? Take inspiration from The Field's favourite Christmas puddings for festive feasting
Country cooks will be wielding their wooden spoons this Sunday to stir the pudding, but follow The Field’s advice if you would rather sing and savour without the exertion of stirring first. A homemade offering may be an effort too far this Christmas. But there are some rather tantalising treats on the shop shelves. But don’t loiter undecided in the supermarket. So follow The Field’s advice. We take our pick of the 6 best Christmas puddings.
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6 BEST CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS
Champagne Christmas Pudding, Bettys
Brand new for 2016, Bettys have put a fizzy twist on the traditional Christmas pud. As is only to be expected, the Bettys Champagne Christmas Pudding is packed with the finest ingredients. Includes cranberries, glace cherries, apricots, citrus peel, raisins, almonds and a generous dash of Moet & Chandon Champagne.
Buy: online at www.bettys.co.uk or at any of their six cafe tea rooms
Brandy, Port & Walnut Christmas Pudding, Cole’s
For those who will only honour tradition at Christmas time, the Brandy, Port & Walnut Christmas Pudding from Cole’s is classically round in shape and rich in flavour. It combines port with brandy, walnuts, prunes and apricots. So it is as delicious as it is warming.
Price: £7.99 for 454g, £11.99 for 908g
Buy: online at www.redmoped.co.uk
King George Christmas Pudding, Fortnum & Mason
Handmade from the first step to the last, the King George Christmas Pudding from Fortnum & Mason is fit for royalty. Made with the finest ingredients, firstly Turkish sultanas, Marcona almonds, pruneaux d’Agen and real beef suet. And a generous dash each of Fortnum’s Cognac and Pusser’s Full-Strength Navy Rum for good measure. Certainly a real festive treat.
Price: £24.95 454g, sizes go up to £44.95 for 1.36kg
Buy: online at www.fortnumandmason.com
Richly Fruited Christmas Pudding, Waitrose
Reached Christmas Eve and still sans pud? So Waitrose have the answer. No need to stir weeks in advance, a speedy supermarket sweep is all that is required. First made with brandy, cherries, cream, almonds and then a generous dash of sherry, this is the perfect offering to set alight on the 25th.
Price: £8.50 for 907g
Buy: online at www.waitrose.com or in store
Organic Christmas Pudding, Roots & Wings
This delicious family-sized offering from Roots & Wings is a rather wonderful finale to any festive feast. Made with only the finest hand-picked ingredients, firstly raisins, currants and sultanas are soaked in Cognac and ale. Then they are mixed with Caribbean cane sugar, fresh organic eggs, the juices of lemons and orange and zesty spices.
Price: £6 for 454g
Buy: online at www.ocado.com
Traditional Christmas Pudding, Georgie Porgie’s Puddings
So for the best handmade pudding of them all, look no further than Georgie Porgie’s Puddings’ Traditional Christmas Pudding. It is made from a closely guarded recipe and uses only the highest quality local ingredients. Even Her Majesty The Queen and The Prince of Wales are fans.
Price: Prices start at £3.50 for 142g and go up to £28.50 for 2.27kg
Buy: online at www.georgieporgiespuddings.co.uk or call 01395 489223