“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Puddings „
Last Christmas me and my Husband decided rather than buying all of our Christmas food in one go we would buy two or three items a week leading up to Christmas and then buy all the fresh food just before hand, this worked perfectly, only problem was we didn't keep track of what we had in our stock pile and ended up with far too much food, which is probably why we have only just eaten last years Christmas Pudding (it was still in date) The Christmas pudding we brought Was Tesco Finest Matured Christmas Pudding with Courvoisier Vs Cognac, it has only been the last few years that we have got into Christmas Pudding and thought this one looked delicious, and we weren't wrong.
The pudding comes in a square box, the top of the box is half taken up with a picture of the pudding on a silver plate with a slice removed to show the rich fruit inside. The bottom half is silver in colour and has the name of the product on it "Matured Christmas Pudding with Courviosuer VS Cognac" this is written in black, there is also a statement about the pudding listing the fruits and alcohol that is in it, Right at the bottom it gives the nutritional information, weight, the servings and the fact that it is suitable for vegetarians. The back of the box is white and covered in various information about the pudding including cooking instructions, nutritional information, ingredients and allergy advise, all of this is clearly listed and easy to read and follow. The pudding itself comes in a black plastic pudding basin, this is nothing fancy at all and is covered with a plastic lid, the basin is actually reusable and I have kept mine to use for heating things up in the microwave.
The pudding looks like any traditional Christmas pudding, it is described as being "laced" with 6 months matured courvoisier Cognac and is rich with Mediterranean sultanas, raisins and currants, these have also been soaked in English Cider, Sherry, Brandy and Vintage Port so needless to say this is not an ideal pudding if you do not like alcohol. When you cut into the pudding it is clear that the pudding is loaded with fruit. The pudding also contains the regular ingredients such as nuts, orange peel, lemon peel and mixed spices.
Heating the pudding up is simple, it can be done in one of two ways, including
Place the plastic basin in the microwave containing the pudding and pierce the film lid and heat for between 19 and 21 minutes depending on the power of your microwave, the different powers as listed on the back of the box, once heated the pudding is ready to service. The heating times on the back of the box are for if you are heating the whole pudding up in one go, however we would only have a small piece of the pudding at a time and heated up what we needed rather than the whole thing, this took considerably less time, between 3 and 5 minutes but obviously this depends on the size of the portion.
Place the basin with a pierced film lid in a steamer over boiling water or using a large saucepan with a trivet, place the basin on the trivet and boiling water so it comes 1/3 of the way up the basin. Steam with the lid on for 2 1/2 hours and top up with boiling water as necessary, do not allow to boil dry.
Personally I always heat my pudding up in the microwave as it is much quicker, also we prefer not to heat the whole thing up in one go, by doing it in the microwave you can heat a small amount up at a time, by steaming it you have to heat the whole pudding up in one go and it takes over 2 hours which in my opinion is far too long.
Nutritional Information (Per one eighth of the pudding)
Calories - 365
Sugar - 50.3g
Fat - 7.1g
Saturates - 2.2g
Salt - 0..3g
Obviously these are if you stick to the serving suggestion which says that the pudding serves 8 people however my husband ate most of our pudding and I'm sure he didn't get 8 servings out of it!
The allergy advise on the back of the box warns consumers that this product contains milk, wheat, gluten, eggs, almonds and pecans so not really an ideal product if you suffer with food allergies. It also advises that the pudding may contain traces of other types of nuts.
Now this was something I didn't really expect to see on the back of the box and out of curiosity I had a little read and it warns
* Cherry stones may remain although care has been taken to remove them
* The pudding may contain traces of nut shell
* The pudding will be hot (stating the obvious a bit here)
As I have mentioned the Matured Christmas Pudding comes from Tesco and is part of their Finest range. The pudding comes in different weights, the one we brought was 907g, I cannot remember exactly how much we paid for it last year however this product is still available this year and is being sold for £10.00. This does sound a bit expensive for a Christmas Pudding but this one is of an excellent quality
As I have said I didn't eat a great deal of the pudding but I did try it and have to say it was delicious, it contained loads of fruit and the alcohol in it was really strong, this is definitely not a product if you do not like the taste of alcohol. The pudding was very rich and personally I found that I only needed a small portion at a time, for me it was too rich to have a large piece. Whilst it is not the cheapest Christmas Pudding on the market in my opinion it is well worth the money and would be ideal if you have guests at Christmas and do not fancy making your own. I would definitely recommend the Tesco Finest Matured Christmas Pudding and will be buying one this year