Our Christmas Puddings by The Original Buxton Pudding Company

The Original Buxton Pudding Company is all about reviving the county of Derbyshire’s heritage recipes, as well as enjoying a few contemporary ones too!

In 2013, a good friend of Dom and Alan, of The Buxton Pudding Company, found an old cookery book in their attic dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria. In it was a recipe for the original Buxton Pudding. With their interest in heritage recipes piqued, the company was born. Just over six years ago our Buyer, Alex, received a small sample of a sweet tart and being very partial to such things, he was impressed. This was The Original Buxton Pudding. Well, Alex had heard of Bakewell Pudding but he had never heard of this pudding! Alex knew at once that Dom and Alan were people that shared the Westmorland Family’s ideals for the way food should be made. A collaboration was the natural next step.

Alan and Dom-6291-ColourAs Alex grew up, a festive family tradition for his mother and her sister was to exchange Christmas Puddings which had been made to his Grandmother’s recipe. With their love of heritage recipes, Dom and Alan took on the challenge of re-creating a pudding that might just be as good as Alex’s Grandmother’s pudding.

Alex explains, “The recipe is my Grandmother’s from the 1930s, although this one has been made with vegetarian suet, which gives it a lighter taste. It went down so well that the practice was continued by my mother and her sister (my aunt) who used to make and then swap puddings to be eaten by each others family. As a child I remember finding a pudding in a china basin in the bottom of Mum’s wardrobe slowly maturing away. On Christmas day they would be steamed for several hours, before being brought to the table alight with brandy. Mum would make a brandy sauce which I preferred cold. In fact I often lavished it over the cold Christmas pudding for breakfast on Boxing day!”

Luckily for them, Alex approved and we’re able to share the pudding with you today! The sumptuous pudding is a combination of citrus and plump vine fruits, glace cherries, prunes and winter spices. The succulent texture comes from long, gentle steaming and the addition of generous amounts of barley wine and Thornbridge Brewery’s Jaipur Ale. This year we also have a very special Extra Mature Christmas Pudding, matured for a year and fed with Tawny Port cask finished whiskey from The Lakes Distillery, find the puddings in our Farmshops now.