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Reviewed: Apr. 18, 2011
Absolutely lovely! These were easy, though time-consuming, to make, and the results were wonderful - a shortbread-like cookie with the perfect texture. Just be certain to use a strongly-flavored jam - a tart one would work especially well. I used blueberry preserves, which had a comparatively mild flavor, and the flavor of the jam was somewhat lost under the flavor of the cookie.
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Steamed Christmas Pudding

Reviewed: Dec. 26, 2010
Overall, very moist and tasty, and surprisingly easy. I made it three days before Christmas and used half-and-half brown sugar and white sugar and added an additional teaspoon of cinnamon with a half-teaspoon each of cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. I lined the bottom of the basin with bay leaves to make a pattern on the top of the pudding when it came out, then poured in the batter, wrapped with a few layers of foil, tied it with twine to make a handle for lowering it into the water, and boiled it for about three hours. It's shelf-stable and doesn't lose any of its moistness when sitting. On Christmas day, I re-wrapped it and boiled it for about another forty-five minutes, then turned it out on a plate and made the cream sauce by heating the ingredients and whipping them together. It was a big hit - very rich, though; next time, I'll make the sauce from light sour cream and light cream cheese.
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