The festive season is a time for feasting, celebrating, and indulging in delicious desserts. One of the most beloved holiday treats plum puddings, a rich and decadent dessert that has been a staple on Christmas tables for centuries.
However, if you're vegan or have dietary restrictions, you may think this traditional dessert is off-limits. Many don't know if there is any dessert option, especially for vegans. So what now? Is our sweet tooth going to miss all the fun of holiday desserts?
Not really, because now plum puddings can be vegan too! All thanks to the inventor, as along with being vegan, gluten-free plum pudding is also a possible thing now. With a few simple switches, you would be glad to know; you can also create a mouth-watering vegan plum pudding that's just as delicious as the original.
In this article, we will help you with a step-by-step guide to making the perfect vegan plum pudding so that you can impress your friends and family with a delicious and cruelty-free dessert this holiday season.
But before that, we will understand what a traditional palm pudding is.
Plum pudding, or Christmas pudding, is a traditional British dessert typically served during Christmas. The name "plum pudding" is a bit misleading, as the dessert contains no actual plums. The word "plum" was once used to refer to any dried fruit, so the name "plum pudding" refers to the mixture of dried fruits used in the recipe.
The pudding combines suet, flour, breadcrumbs, sugar, eggs, milk, spices, and dried fruits such as raisins, currants, and sultanas. The mixture is then steamed for several hours, giving the pudding a dense and moist texture.
Traditionally, plum pudding is served with a variety of sauces, such as brandy butter or custard, and is often set alight with a match just before acting, creating a dramatic and festive effect.
A vegan plum pudding is a plant-based version of the traditional British dessert. In a vegan plum pudding recipe, these animal-derived ingredients are replaced with plant-based alternatives such as vegan butter, flax or chia seeds, and non-dairy milk. The dessert is usually steamed or boiled, and the resulting pudding is rich, moist, and flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
Despite the absence of animal products, a well-made vegan plum pudding is just as delicious and satisfying as the original. It is a good choice for those who follow a plant-based diet or have eating restrictions.
Choosing the vegan option offers you a list of benefits you will be surprised to know about. The benefits can be:
Now let's look at the recipe for this plum pudding to try in our homes.
First things first, gather your ingredients. You'll need flour, breadcrumbs, sugar, vegan suet, plant-based milk, spices, and various dried fruits like raisins, currants, and sultanas. Don't be afraid to experiment and add in some of your favourite fruits, like cranberries or cherries, for an extra burst of flavour.
To start, mix together your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add in your suet and mix until everything is well combined. Once your dry ingredients are mixed, slowly add your plant-based milk and continue stirring until you have a thick batter. Make sure to mix everything thoroughly so you don't have any lumps.
Now comes the fun part - adding in your dried fruits and spices. This is where you can get creative and add your personal touch to the recipe. Add your dried fruits and spices and mix everything until your batter is evenly distributed.
Once everything is mixed, it's time to prepare your pudding mould. Grease your mould with vegan margarine or oil and add in your batter, leaving space at the top for the pudding to rise. Cover the mould with a lid or parchment paper, and tie it tightly with string.
Now it's time to steam your pudding. Place your pudding mould into a large pot of boiling water and cover it with a lid. Let your pudding steam for several hours until it's firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
Once your pudding is cooked, remove it from the pot and let it cool for a few minutes. Carefully remove the pudding from the mould and serve it with vegan brandy butter or custard. To really impress your guests, light your pudding on fire with a bit of brandy, and enjoy the great show.
There you have it - a delicious, cruelty-free plum pudding that will impress your guests and satisfy your sweet tooth. Follow our step-by-step guide and get creative with your personal touches to create a holiday dessert everyone will love.
If you are puzzled about how to choose the right ingredients and where to find each of them, then you are not alone. It is easy to say alternate animal products with vegan options, but it is challenging to find these substitutions. When you finally see them, you might forget the recipe or the time your pudding will take to set. So, what would the vegans do now?
PUD for all seasons is here for vegans to satisfy their sweet cravings. If arranging all new recipes in the kitchen is a hassle for you, then you can trust us. We have the ultimate range of vegan plum pudding, which is also gluten-free and dairy free, as a bonus. Our various size options meet your requirements, and the amazing taste fixes your cravings. We also have a range of other flavoured puddings to fulfill everyone's needs.
In conclusion, vegan, gluten free plum pudding offers a tasty and healthy way to indulge in a classic holiday dessert while reducing your impact on the planet. Give it a try and discover the benefits for yourself!
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