Jo in the kitchen, where it all began
A little about our ingredients...
Anyone can say they use the 'finest ingredients', so here's a little more information to prove it's not just spin. We really have spent years refining our ingredients and suppliers to ensure our Christmas Pudding is truly memorable:
Ale and Brandy:
Arguably the most important ingredients when it comes to the flavour of a fine Christmas Pudding! When we were perfecting our recipe, before we started our business, we tried a variety of different ales and brandy (such hardship!). In the end, the sweetness of the Port in Hanlon's Port Stout, and the delicate flavour of the Somerset Cider Brandy, were a delightful combination. We tried younger Cider Brandy too, but the ten-year-old is really worth the extra expense as it gives the finished Pudding a fantastic flavour.
There are a lot of cheap imports available these days, but of course you still get what you pay for, so we go for the best, such as Californian raisins which are sun-dried on the vine. The high quality fruits are richer in flavour, softer in texture and not gritty like some of their cheaper counterparts.
We bought one of your Christmas puddings here in Oxford and we will never buy anything but your puddings again. It was totally fantastic and easily the best we have ever had. Thanks so much!
J Roberts, Oxfordshire, Jan 2018
The finest ingredients for a really fine Christmas Pudding
Our glace cherries are coloured with fruit juices and as a result have a deep burgundy colour and soft texture that blends beautifully with the rest of the pudding during the maturation process. A far cry from the cheap and nasty, bright red ones!
We make all our breadcrumbs by hand, using fresh bread from the bakery next door. They use none of the 'extras' you'll find in a lot of modern bread - just flour, water, yeast and salt!
Our apples are English Bramleys, and we buy our carrots from a local greengrocer. Our orange and lemon is all freshly squeezed and zested by a local company and is not from concentrate.
I saw your article in Women and Home so bought one for Christmas Day and one for Boxing Day and they were absolutely delicious.
A Edwards, Middlesex, Jan 2018
Full ingredients list and allergens
Ingredients: Californian raisins, sultanas, breadcrumbs (wheat flour, water, yeast, salt), carrots, vegetable suet (non-hydrogenated sustainable palm oil and rapeseed oil, wheat flour), Demerara sugar, golden syrup, free-range egg, Hanlons Port Stout, UK Bramley apples, 10-year-old Somerset Cider Brandy, glace cherries (cherries, glucose fructose syrup, sugar), ground almonds, orange juice, lemon juice, mixed peel (orange, glucose fructose syrup, lemon, sugar), chopped almonds, wheat flour (contains raising agents), orange zest, lemon zest, spices.
Allergens are marked in bold above. In addition our breadcrumbs are made in a bakery that uses soya, mixed nuts, milk, cereals, celery, mustard and sesame.
Our puddings are suitable for vegetarians.
Nutritional analysis (per 100g): Energy (kJ/kCal) 1196/284.75; Fat 9.93g; Saturates 3.62g; carbohydrate 46.31g; Sugars 38.9g; Protein 3.68g; Salt 0.27g