The Diary of Joni and Anya

Friday, December 13, 2013

Itha's Pudding a Must This Christmas!

It's just around the corner!

And if you are yet to plan that Christmas lunch or Christmas eve festivity, then read on as I just discovered what could be the best pudding our family has tasted so far.

You see, Christmas pudding is not really part of our Christmas tradition. But I slowly adopted the idea a few years back as I could not resist grabbing one of those cloth covered and neatly tied puds that many shops are selling come November. It was overwhelming at times as I had no idea which to pick. I often end up making poor choices. The puds were either not moist to our satisfaction or the taste is just terrible, too fruity,too citrusy or have a bitter aftertaste. Not the conclusion you'd want for your celebration.

So I had no qualms when I was offered a chance to try out Itha's Homemade Christmas Pudding. It was "award-winning" and "gluten-free" after all. The latter being important as we often have guests who have special dietary needs, who we do not want to miss out on dessert.

Just a quick background: Itha's pudding recipe is 100 years old and inherited from her grandmother. Each pudding is handmade and boiled up to ten hours and hung to age and mature.

So how did it fare?

First off, the packaging is excellent. Something that I would be happy to gift to friends without getting a quizzical look. And the pud and it's finish appears very nice too with just the right gloss.

Unlike other ‘traditional’ pudding makers, Itha does not use a plastic liner between the pudding mixture and the cloth in which the pudding is made. Instead she still uses flour on the pudding cloth and painstakingly removes this by hand in a delicate process in order to create that unique dark coloured pudding skin so prized by traditionalists.



And the aroma was just wow. As I took the pud out from the microwave, Anya within a few seconds came out of her room to ask me what's smelling good. And so did the husband who paused playing music to find out what the fuss is about. Defintely a conversation piece.

The pudding cuts well too. I mean it wasn't hard nor too crumbly, easy to divide evenly. A 250g pud ($13) is enough to serve 4. Itha's pudding is available in varying weights up to 3kg ($99).

The proof is in the pudding
And yes, it is moist. The taste is well-blanced (not too fruity nor spicey). My husband remarked that you can really tell the quality of the ingredients, because every bite tastes good! I personally appreciated that it has the right ratio of fruit and cake.

I often doubt food that are labelled "award-winning" because everyone has different preferences and we're definitely no connoisseurs. But Itha's were to my family's satisfaction and we all agreed that it is the best pudding we've tried so far. No crumb was left behind. And that's what "winning" really means to me.  

Itha's traditional pudding may costs more, but there is no doubt that the taste and quality is a lot better. It's the guarantee you need to make your Christmas meal truly yummy and your guests leaving really happy.

Itha's Christmas Pudding comes in other flavors including Triple-Choc, Macadamia & Apricot. They also have a wide range of sauces available like Vanilla Bean & Brandy Butterscotch. 

3 comments:

Walentynka said...

just me hungry. It looks delicious

Walentynka said...

Just i'm hungry. It looks delicious

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