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Christmas Pudding and reflecting on a RSG year gone by!

Posted on December 21, 2012 by in baked goods, rsg

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Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding was always my gran’s job! My gran or “Ouma Mina” as we fondly called her, made a traditional Christmas Pudding, crammed with fruit and steamed in a pristine muslin cloth until it was cooked and just perfect. Ouma Mina always made sure there were enough old coins ( tikkies) in the pudding so that each grandchild could get one. She must have had so many tikkies or  ouma secretly recycled all those coins, but I know she boiled them before she added them to her batter, so it was all cool!

Christmas Pudding in Ouma Mina’s kitchen was served with a brandy sauce and in her 80’s ouma could not see so well anymore, so reading the measurements became problematic and the sauce became more and more volatile each Christmas. Sadly, as a child I never liked this Christmas Pudding and always went for the fruit salad and ice-cream instead, but now I would give anything to have Ouma Mina and her precious Christmas Pudding at our table for Christmas.  In 2006 Ouma Mina passed away at the amazing age of 97  and the job of making the Christmas Pudding has now fallen on my aunt and considering she only has a small torn out piece of paper with a few ingredients written on it and no method, she is doing a fantastic job!

Christmas Pudding

However, making this traditional Christmas Pudding takes time and is definitely not something you do on Christmas eve. We also live in sunny South Africa and with all the beautiful summer fruits and berries available this time of the year, it just makes sense to make this Summer Christmas Pudding. I am sure Ouma Mina will understand and even be a little proud of her granddaughter!

What a year this has been! I had the most amazing guests on RSG,  met the most wonderful people in my foodie travels and cooked with total strangers (who became my friends) here in my kitchen! In Bloemfontein, I cooked for the Fynproewersgulde and I witnessed the passion of people just like you and me, cooking and learning about food, just for the love of it! What a life lesson that was for me! I was so touched by RSG listeners who supported and rooted for me when I took part in a TV series called Dinner Divas ! I learned so much about humility, camaraderie and friendships – lessons that has changed my life for ever.

When I spoke about Food4Kids, RSG listeners opened their hearts and their wallets for those  in need. I am extremely grateful for this and am so honored to visit each and everyone of you in your lounges and kitchens every Thursday just after 9!

Thank You!

For this Easy Summer Christmas Pudding, I used a Vanilla Cake Mix from Sasko, but if you want to make your own sponge, I will give the recipe below:

Christmas Pudding

Summer Christmas Pudding

makes 6 cup-size puddings

For the vanilla sponge

250 gr soft butter

250 ml sugar

250 ml self raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt


Place all the ingredients in a mixer and beat until light and pale in color.

For the  fruit topping

250 g strawberries

125 g blue berries

125 g blackberries

250 ml water

125 ml sugar

pinch of salt

50 ml kirsch

1 vanilla pod – just cut open


Place water and sugar in a saucepan and heat. Allow sugar to melt, then add all the fruit as well as the salt and the vanilla pod. Bring the mix to a slow boil and cook for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced to about half. Add the kirsch and flambe the fruit.

To make the puddings

Spray 6 oven-proof teacups with Spray n Cook and spoon about 2 tablespoons of the fruit and berry mixture in each cup, top with some of the vanilla mixture and fill cup to about 3/4. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when tested.

When ready to serve, tip puddings out on a serving plate and serve with more fresh berries a good scoop of vanilla ice-cream or chantilly cream!


Please tune into RSG tomorrow morning just after the 9 o’clock news, when I share this recipe as well as my highlights on RSG this year. You will also be hearing our very special Christmas wish to you!


A blessed Christmas and Festive season to all, thank you for your support throughout this year!


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7 Responses to “Christmas Pudding and reflecting on a RSG year gone by!”

  1. tami 20 December 2012 at 10:02 am #

    I love this recipe Nina. So light and fresh. I think it will definately make it to my Christmas Eve dinner table. I’m thinking of making greek lamb wraps with tzatiki 🙂 xx

    • nerinatimm 21 December 2012 at 5:23 am #

      Thank you Tams, i think your family will love it!!

  2. Ishay 20 December 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Nina. Congratulations on a wonderful year! I also think fondly of my mother’s Christmas pudding – no alcohol was consumed in the house and so, in the years we were at varisty visiting for the holidays, she’s ‘borrow’ a cup of brandy over the wall, from the neighbours for the pudding. This progressive attitude didn’t last long, I’m afraid. Those neighbours eventually moved away. 😉 I’m so looking forward to seeing the family at the end of the year, and we chat about the grandmothers and all the dishes they made best. Sigh. Have a wonderful festive season Nina, to you and yours. With love x

    • nerinatimm 21 December 2012 at 5:24 am #

      Thank you Ishay, yes it is indeed such an honor and privilege to have memories and stories to tell. Enjoy your holiday Ish and hopefully in the New Year, we will cook together again!!

  3. Zirkie 20 December 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Wat ‘n wonderlike nagereg, Nins!! Ek wil vir jou en jou familie graag ‘n geseënde Kersfees toewens and alles wat goed is vir die Nuwe Jaar! Baie dankie dat jy so ‘n wonderlike rolmodel vir my is! xxx

    • nerinatimm 21 December 2012 at 5:25 am #

      Baie dankie Zirks. So trots op jou! Baie dankie vir jou ondersteuning die jaar!!

  4. Brenda 21 December 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    Could you please let me know what temperature this should be baked on? Thank you so much.

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