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Well, Christmas is just around the corner! How can you make a nice small homey little party without investing too much into cooking the real dinner?
Here is an idea!
Today we would like to suggest opting for a dessert meal.
Why not making a quick microwave pudding and accompany it with a glass of mulled wine? It is fast, it is easy, it is Christmassy and it is totally affordable.
It’ll take you only fifteen minutes and serve about 6 people!
3½ oz or 100 g softened butter;
3½oz or 100g cranberry sauce (buy or make it yourself);
2 tbsp. golden syrup;
3½oz or 100 g brown sugar;
3½oz or 100 g plain flour;
1 tbsp. mixed spice;
11oz or 300 g mixed dried fruit;
1 peeled and grated apple;
- Grease a pudding basin. Stir together golden syrup and cranberry sauce in a bowl. Pour 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared basin.
- Beat together the sugar, butter, flour, eggs, mixed spice, grated apple and dried fruit till combined. Place the mixture into the prepared basin. Put a large piece of parchment paper on the top of the pudding to cover the surface.
- Microwave for about 9 minutes until firm. Leave for 10 minutes before placing it to a plate. Spoon over the rest of cranberry mixture and serve immediately.
By the way, you can find great British cakes, cranberry sauce, pates and festive drinks here at British Cornershop. They ship worldwide!
What about mulled wine? First of all, decide on wine! Usually they use red wine, however, you can experiment with white wine or cider. The spices are as well totally up to your taste, although traditionally they place orange, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pair it with a fancy barware (or consider this if you are invited for a party and need to prepare a gift). Here is a great website with loads of bar accessories for those who live in Australia – Gifts Australia:
Have you chosen your base wine? So, lets get started!
- Pour red (or other) wine into a pan. Add the dried apricots, orange slices, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and sugar.
- Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and leave for 20-30 minutes.
- Strain the wine into a jug, keep the orange slices for serving. Reheat the wine and pour it into mugs, top with the orange slices and serve immediately.
Lazy to cook? Don’t worry, there is a perfect alternative! In case you have no time or energy, or maybe you are invited to a party and need to grab something cute and Christmassy – go to GourmetBasket if you live in Australia and order a lovely gift basket (same day delivery is available!).
If you live in the United States order from Gourmet Gift Baskets, they have all your favorite treats including popcorn (don’t worry, they pack it well). And they ship internationally!