Christmas Puddings for All

There's lots of special foods available to buy this Christmas from cranberry cheese to mince pie sausages (I kid you not) everything is taking on a festive flavour.

Here at Pig Row we prefer more traditional treats like Aldi's Lebkeuchen Assortment (£3.29) A selection of traditional German Christmas biscuits, perfect for all the family with four different types of continental biscuits in a useful tray that you can just unwrap when unexpected visitors drop by, and serve with festive drinks. We tried them and thought they were really delicious and we don't usually like lebkuchen so they are well worth trying.

As for mince pies we love these, just not in sausages, but we do think these are much nicer made at home. We have never come across a mince pie that beats one made by scratch and fresh from the oven. If you really can't whip up a batch warming up a couple in the oven and serving with cream or ice cream will improve them 100%

If you enjoy Xmas Pudding one of the best we have tasted is this Aldi's Luxury Champagne Pudding (£9.99). One for the adults it is packed with vine fruits pecans, walnuts and almonds,boozed up with champagne, sherry and cider and topped with black, red and gold cherries and edible gold leaf. It is definately a ceremonial pud although we serve ours up in the kitchen so the gold leaf is a little lost on us. The flavour however was delicious perfect for a luxury end to the meal of the year.

Our family favorite however is gingerbread. We eat it all year round as Little D is a real fan. This year however we had a go at making our own and we were amazed at how quick, easy and delicious it was.

I was even able to involve Little D with the baking, it was so easy to make and he had lots of fun cutting out shapes and of course eating the end results.

Simple Spiced Gingerbread

You will need

250g Unsalted butter
200g Dark Muscovado sugar
7tbsp Golden Syrup
600g Plain flour
2tsp Bicarbonate of soda
4tsp Ground ginger
1tsp Mixed spice

How to make it

Heat oven to 180c or Gas Mark 6.  Put the sugar, butter, syrup in a pan and melt.  Mix in the flour, bicarb and spices.  This should make a stiff dough if it doesn't come together add a drop of cold water.

Roll out to about as thick as a £1 coin and cut into shapes. Cook for 10 -12 minutes.  Watch carefully to ensure it doesn't burn. 

Cool on wire racks and store in an airtight tin.

We received Aldi products for review free of charge, all views are our own opinion.