A novel way to use up leftover Christmas Pudding courtesy of the Heston for Coles range.
Have you ever, ever felt like making something a bit different with your Christmas leftovers? Well, thanks to Heston’s partnership with Australian supermarket Coles you can do exactly that, with Heston’s Christmas Pudding Fritters and Chocolate Sauce recipe.
Just like with Waitrose, Heston has a range of supermarket products available at Australian chain Coles, and there’s plenty of recipes on their gorgeous dedicated website, which is where we found this.
The reason for browsing the Heston for Coles range this close to Christmas was in service to some Australian friends of ours. As Waitrose has Coles, we’ve got an Australian sibling, our partners in crime and Hestonthusiasm over at “I Want To Cook Like Heston”. We’re huge fans of their blog (a lot of our step-by-step reporting is a blatant copy of their style). And, every so often, we like to see if we can outfox Australia’s strict food importing rules by sending them a batch of Heston from Waitrose goodies.
So we were browsing the Coles website to make sure we didn’t send over any “swaps” that we stumbled upon this Heston Blumenthal Christmas leftover recipe, especially for using up his leftover Heston from Waitrose (or Heston for Coles) Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding.
Recipes: Heston’s Christmas Pudding Fritters with Chocolate Sauce recipe
Special Equipment: Deep Fryer (optional)
Special Ingredients: Heston for Coles Hidden Clementine Pudding
Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 – 3
Step 1: Used to Give Me Roses
I’ve never been comfortable with Heston’s fondness for pairing Christmas Pudding and chocolate sauce. They just feel wrong together, like when Lou Carpenter started dating Annalise Hartman.
This Heston Blumenthal Chocolate Sauce recipe is smoother and silkier improvement on the sauce we served with Heston’s Cheesecake recipe, which was as grainy and bitter as Mrs Mangel.
This is also a lot easier to make. Just weigh all your ingredients into a bowl then pop that bowl over a bain marie, stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is well-combined. Stir regularly to avoid it that graininess.
Step 2: I Wish He Could Again
Cinnamon and sugar is a much more natural pairing, two ingredients that belong together like Toadie Rebecchi and Dee Bliss.
The ratio of cinnamon to sugar is only a quarter, but the mixture turns as richly brown as the walls of the Watering Hole once you mix it up.
Step 3: But That Was On The Outside
The batter is, like the Scully family, a jumble of differing ingredients.
Measure them all into a bowl or jug then give them a vigorous blending.
Step 4: And Things Were Different Then
Set your pan of oil over the stove or a deep fat fryer to 180°C.
Meanwhile carve your Heston for Coles / Heston from Waitrose Christmas Pudding up into pieces, nice and chunky like Bea Smith.
Set up the batter near the pan or fryer so you can start dunking and drying and then get to work. The fritters fry very quickly, we found ours needed less than a minute in the pan. Working in small batches is best.
Unfortunately this batter is more alarmingly thin than Amy Greenwood. Our first batch of frying was about as successful as Benito Alessi’s management of Lasseter’s, so we had to double dip our Heston Blumenthal Christmas Pudding Fritters to ensure they were evenly coated. Unfortunately our batter still looked as crinkly as a smiling Lizzy Birdsworth.
Drain on kitchen paper…
Toss in the cinnamon sugar…
Then drizzle with the chocolate sauce and you’re ready to serve.
Congratulations, you’ve just made Heston Blumenthal’s Christmas Pudding Fritters with Chocolate Sauce recipe.
Oh my God! As decadent as the menu at Grease Monkeys and as sinful as a copy of Ambrosia magazine.
We really, really weren’t sure about the combination of chocolate sauce and Christmas Pudding, but it works unexpectedly well. A Heston Blumenthal flavour-pairing that’s unusual but effective shouldn’t surprise us by now.
We did think a bit more dairy to mellow that richness would be welcome, so we’d recommend stiffly whipping up the remaining double cream to dip your chocolate-y fritters into. Even better, you could use the fritters and sauce as the basis for a sundae, the perfect combination.
This recipe really pleasantly surprised us. So much so that we’ve gone out and bought an extra Christmas Pudding just so we can make an even bigger batch. Admittedly, you do need a rich, most pudding with the sweetness of candied fruit, which makes Heston’s Coles / Waitrose Christmas Pudding the perfect choice.
This is definitely a Heston Blumenthal Christmas recipe we’d recommend making, and one we’re excited to try again ourselves.
There’s not much else to compare this to, so instead how about we all enjoy a traditional Australian Christmas song:
Would you give this recipe a whirl, or whats your favourite recipe for Christmas leftovers? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.