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#1 JustBeige

Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:20 AM

Has anyone done their Christmas pudding in the slow cooker.

I have got a steamer bowl - not the bag - and I was talking to mum today about dragging out the boiler etc, when I remembered my slow cooker.

My main concern is the metal of the pudd steamer sitting on the base of the slow cooker bowl.

What woud you put in the bottom to avoid damaging the slow cooker pot.  a bit of calico? or Alfoil?\

Also how long would you cook it for?

#2 notjustyet

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:02 AM

I use alfoil when boiling my puddings on the stove - make it into a ring shape. I think calico might burn, not sure though.

Also don't know how long to cook for, sorry. I do mine on the stove for 1.5 hours, so I guess that would equate to 8 hours on high. You could always do 6 hours, then open and test it with a skewer.

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#3 unicorn

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:10 AM

I use a glass steamer and fold a tea towel to line the base of the cooker with it. I boil my puddings on low.

#4 amabanana

Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:17 AM

I used the microwave last year as per the instructions on the side of the pud.   ph34r.gif Fast and couldn't tell the difference TBH.   You're only going to drown it in brandy butter/cream/custard, right?  lol



#5 JustBeige

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:01 PM

QUOTE (amabanana @ 21/12/2012, 12:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I used the microwave last year as per the instructions on the side of the pud.   ph34r.gif Fast and couldn't tell the difference TBH.   You're only going to drown it in brandy butter/cream/custard, right?  lol

lol. I dont know I dont actually eat them as they have too much alcohol in them and I hate cakes with alcohol.  But apparently my DH and mum tell me its a tradition and I should finally learn to cook one. (I dont mind as I love to cook and try new things)

We do have the microwave ones here and yes they do drown them in custard etc. Apparently its not the same though  happy.gif

#6 ubermum

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

I haven't done it, but I would just put a folded up tea towel on the base of the slow cooker and do it.

#7 amabanana

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE (JustBeige @ 21/12/2012, 03:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
lol. I dont know I dont actually eat them as they have too much alcohol in them and I hate cakes with alcohol.  But apparently my DH and mum tell me its a tradition and I should finally learn to cook one. (I dont mind as I love to cook and try new things)

We do have the microwave ones here and yes they do drown them in custard etc. Apparently its not the same though  happy.gif



If she loves it so much then get her to do it.  wink.gif  (Just kiddin')

I'm a from scratch non lazy cooker and I couldn't tell the difference.  I'm sure if you did a blind taste they wouldn't guess.  But, better to keep the troops happy.  happy.gif  Merry Christmas!

#8 ~littlebirdy~

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

I prefer to do mine in the slow cooker and use an upturned saucer under the pudding steamer (I use this if I cook it on the stove too). I cook mine for about 8 hours on high with boiling water up halfway. I think foil would work fine too instead of the saucer. So nice to leave it cooking away all day without having to worry about the water level dropping like on the stove original.gif

#9 JustBeige

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (~littlebirdy~ @ 21/12/2012, 03:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I prefer to do mine in the slow cooker and use an upturned saucer under the pudding steamer (I use this if I cook it on the stove too). I cook mine for about 8 hours on high with boiling water up halfway. I think foil would work fine too instead of the saucer. So nice to leave it cooking away all day without having to worry about the water level dropping like on the stove original.gif

That was exactly my comment to mum.  At least this way I dont have to keep topping it up.  or have a brick on the lid of the boiler - my nan nearly had a brainsnap one year when I came in and lifted the brick and the lid to have a look. much arm waving later, I learnt to never take the lid off a pudding pot unless you are topping it up with boiling water. laughing2.gif



thanks for the tips and thoughts everyone  happy.gif   good to see I was on the right track.




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