Traditional Christmas pudding, home-made to a unique recipe which was first used in the kitchens of Tempo Manor, where it was served to Sir Charles and Lady Langham. The puddings are made from the finest ingredients and gently steamed for three hours – forming an exquisite and unique flavour.

1. What makes your product unique?

A. Many years ago my Great Granny Graham was a cook for Sir Charles and Lady Langham of Tempo Manor in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh. Although I never knew her, I’ve been told she was a comical character…and also a great baker. Her recipe for Christmas pudding is a family favourite and to this day Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Granny Grahams Christmas pudding. Unlike most Christmas puddings, Granny Graham’s is light, moist and beautifully spiced. Irish broadcaster, Marie Louise O’Donnell, described the pudding as “…just stunning…a holiday of Christmas in your mouth”. That’s as good of a description as any!

2. Where do you source your raw ingredients?

A. We try, where possible, to source all our ingredients locally. For example, our butter
and buttermilk is sourced from Northern Irish farms and supplied through Dale Farm. Our bread is supplied by Irwin’s Bakery in County Armagh and all the eggs we use are Northern Irish free range. Our dried fruits are sourced from Fruits Du Sud, an international supplier of high quality dried fruits. Fruits Du Sud was established in 2002 in Kannoneiland, where they support a small farming community. Overall, 60% of all the raw ingredients we use are sourced from within the UK.

3. What inspires you as a producer?

A. Simply the sheer enjoyment and fulfilment you get from producing your own product. There are no shortcuts; everything is produced by hand, from sourcing ingredients to preparing the mixes right through to steaming and packaging the puddings. Every single pudding is just how we (or Granny Graham) would make it at home.

4. How did you get started?

A. When I was around 16 I went along with my Mum and Dad to a local craft fair and brought with me some Christmas Puddings. People loved them – not only how they tasted but how they were presented. So really, this was the birth of Plum Pud!

5. Why do you think it’s important to keep local?

A. Buying local just makes sense! By buying local you support the local economy through jobs and business, and the more you support your local community the more you support yourself because ultimately it is the local economy that benefits. 

7. Where can we buy your products?

A. Our Christmas puddings can be purchased online via our website www.plumpud.co.uk. The website also lists all the craft fairs and events we attend so you can buy from us in person! You can also purchase our puddings through Bite To Savour; both online at www.bitetosavour.com or at Studio Souk, 60-62 Ann Street Belfast.

8. What food best compliments your product? Or what is your favourite way of using your product?

A. That’s a hard one! I prefer a generous helping of ice-cream with mine although some prefer custard, fresh cream, brandy butter, brandy sauce, or anything else that tickles your fancy. The pudding definitely has to be reheated by gently steaming it (although it can be microwaved for those who prefer the convenience) – or some people just prefer it cold. The possibilities are endless!

Ian Shannon, www.plumpud.co.uk

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