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This lovely traditional Christmas pudding is a good bet for those who don't like the richness of a traditional plum pudding, yet still want the elements of it - steaming, apples, raisins - in their Christmas Day dessert.
This recipe is a wonderful way to ring the changes from the ubiquitous plum crumble in late summer when plums are at their peak. Serve this with cream or ice cream for real indulgence.
This is quite definitely a dessert cake. The combination of spices, the hint of orange and the balance of tart apples and cake are perfect. It needs a large dollop of crème fraiche or whipped cream to go with it.
This would be my choice for autumn when there are lots of lovely ripe pears around. We like to eat it served in slices with pools of Jersey pouring cream.
It is so simple to make proper custard, not only does it taste better than anything ready made it freezes well too.
A traditional English pudding, and a perfect partner is Delia's recipe for Proper Custard, see related recipe below
This recipe is adapted from Delia's Happy Christmas, but it's too good to only have once a year...
In the winter it works really well with passion fruit
In a way I'm very glad that the delectable Italian raisin and fruit bread, called Panettone, only comes in to the house at Christmas. I absolutely love it and keep taking sneaky slices.
This wonderful pie is the perfect end to a traditional Sunday lunch, just serve with custard, ice-cream or chilled pouring cream
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