The first is obviously Delia... a much welcome return to TV this year, with Christmas Pudding crackers to devour!..... the second, and giving Delia a run for the money in the Queen of Pudding stakes is Annie Bell with her Gorgeous Christmas book...... much recommended is the Pear & Panettone pudding.
Pear and Panettone pudding
3 medium eggs
150g golden caster sugar
425ml double cream
425ml full-cream milk
1 tbs dark rum (optional)
salted butter, softened
10–12 x 1cm slices of panettone (cut as wedges from a 500g–750g loaf)
2 slightly underripe pears, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced lengthways
90g apricot jam, warmed and sieved (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4.
Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl, then whisk in the cream, milk and rum. Butter the panettone and arrange lengthwise in overlapping slices to cover the base of a 35cm/2.6 litre oval gratin or other shallow ovenproof dish. The centre may take 2 slices side by side, while the narrow ends will only hold one. Scatter the pears over the top. Pour the custard through a sieve over and around the panettone and fruit. Place the gratin dish in a roasting dish with cold water that comes two-thirds of the way up the sides. Bake for 1 hour, until the custard is puffy and set and the bread golden. Brush the surface of the bread with the apricot jam (this is optional but it gives the pudding a lovely sticky glaze). Serve straight away.
This book was my Secret Santa at work.... a much welcomed surprise & treat!........ another recommended Christmas read is this months Jamie's Magazine....
Jamie is back on TV tonight and for the next four nights with his family to cook Christmas dinner.....
how great has Christmas Craft & Cooking viewing been this year?..... Delia, Kirsty & Jamie... and the Two Hairy Bikers tomorrow with 12 days of Christmas!......only one missing is Nigella ( Nigella's Christmas 2008 being repeated Saturday!)