mulled wine christmas pudding
Christmas is a time of joy at my house. I love to decorate and style the table, and I love to cook and bake my heart out. What I love most though is to unwind and spend a great time with good friends and family over laughters, dessert, and wine. This mulled wine Christmas pudding is ideal to end a festive dinner with. It is light, flavorful and most surely guaranteed to please everyone.
for the mulled wine pudding:
12 oz frozen mixed berries, defrosted
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
the juice of one orange
2 cups red wine
the peel of one orange
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
1 teaspoon cloves
pinch of black pepper
15-20 slices white French bread (depending on how big of a bowl you are using), margins of the bread removed
2 tablespoons creme fraiche
fresh rosemary sprigs
In a small saucepan bring the mixed berries to a boil together with the sugar and orange juice. Boil on medium heat for about 10 minutes until the berries start to release the juices. Strain the berries and save the juice in the saucepan. Set the berries aside.
Add the wine, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and black pepper to the berry juice and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes, then cover with a lid and let infuse for 2 hours.
Line a medium-sized bowl with plastic wrap. Dip the bread slices lightly in the syrup just until they change color and then arrange them around the sides of the bowl. Fill the inside of the bread wall with the previously prepared berries and top with more syrup dipped bread slices. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to serve, overturn the mulled wine pudding on a serving dish, top with the creme fraiche, and decorate with fresh rosemary sprigs, fresh cranberries, and powdered sugar.