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Ultimate Christmas Pudding in a Slow Cooker

Asked by GiggleChops. Answered on 20th November 2015

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Hi I am going to make the Ultimate Christmas Pudding for the first time this year and am truly sick of shop brought puds, so I need this to work! Due to cooker space using my slow cooker seems like a fab idea as I can have it steaming away out in my out house nicely out the way, so please could you give me steam times for this. I intend to use three 1 pint pudding bowls. Also can I include nuts and glace cherries? Thank you Nigella Team!

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It is possible to cook Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding (from Christmas and on the Nigella website) in a slow cooker but in our experience we have found that it is better to use the slow cooker for the initial steaming and then reheat the pudding on Christmas Day with traditional steaming.

Most slow cookers have a handbook and this may give some guidelines for Christmas Puddings. Otherwise for the 3 pint version of the pudding you will need to cook it on high in the slow cooker for 12-13 hours (for the initial cooking). Fill the slow cooker with water from a freshly boiled kettle, to come at least half way up the side of the pudding. Check at regular intervals, topping up with water from a freshly boiled kettle if necessary. The smaller 1 pint versions will cook more quickly and are likely to take 7-8 hours. Once cooked, the pudding should have shrunk away slightly from the sides of the basin. The pudding is usually a tawny colour after the first cooking; the dark, rich colour develops during the second cooking.

It is possible to add nuts to the pudding ingredients. We have tried the pudding with 150g (1 1/4 cups) pecan halves, roughly chopped. The nuts do not need to be soaked and are added when the pudding is mixed. You could use chopped almonds or walnuts (or a mixture). You could also add halved glace cherries but we would suggest keeping the total weight of additional nuts and cherries to 150g.

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