How to microwave Christmas pudding and can you reheat it the next day? | The Sun

CHRISTMAS would not be complete for many people without a traditional Christmas pudding.

Despite this, there is debate as to how the festive dessert should be served and whether it can be reheated.

How to microwave Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding is traditionally steamed, but you can also microwave it.

Here's how to cook your delicious pud:

Microwave

Microwave timings will depend on the size of your pudding.

Most bought puds will have times and settings on the instructions.

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If you've made your own, make sure it's in a microwavable bowl.

It's also a good idea to elevate the pudding on a rack.

According to My Foodbank you should cook a large pudding for 35-40 minutes on 40-50%, then stand for 15-20 minutes.

Times should be reduced for individual portions.

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Steamed

The traditional way to cook your pud is to steam it.

A large one will take 2hrs 15 mins in a steamer.

According to Delia Smith, two smaller portions will take about the same time.

If you don't have a steamer put the pudding in a large saucepan with about 3–5 cm of boiling water in the bottom, and cover with a tight fitting lid. 

The water in the pan should simmer gently for the required cooking time.

Some recipes need a lot more time, up to six hours.

Oven

You can also steam your festive dessert in the oven.

You can put the pudding basin in a roasting tin filled with water.

Cover with a tent of foil and cook on a low heat of 160C, fan 140C, or gas 3.

You may need to keep topping up the water.

Can I reheat Christmas pudding?

If you are short of time, you can heat it up in the microwave – although be careful as it's easy to overdo it.

Regardless of whether you have steamed or microwaved the pudding in advance, you can reheat it in the microwave.

If you prefer you can wrap it in foil and heat in an oven.

However you should not reheat the pudding in the microwave more than twice.

It's always best to check the specific instructions on your shop-bought pudding, or the recipe directions if you're making one from scratch.

Nigella Lawson cautions that you must use a microwaveable bowl, such as a plastic one since ceramic can get very hot.

According to Doves Farm, if you're opting for the microwave route it is best to heat the pudding up in advance of Christmas Day, before allowing to cool.

Here's the steps to follow:

Step 1: Loosely cover the pudding with a piece of cling film.

Step 2: Microwave on medium-high (600 watts) for 3 minutes, leave to stand for 1 minute and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Step 3: Leave the pudding to cool, remove the film, cover tightly with tin foil and store in a cool dark place for up to two months.

Step 4: Re-heat the pudding before serving.

What is traditionally hidden inside a Christmas pudding?

There's also an age-old custom where a silver sixpence is added to a pudding.

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The tradition was that the coin was placed into the pudding mix and every member of the household then gave it a stir.

The person to find it is said to receive wealth and good luck in the year to come.

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