It’s exactly one week until Christmas, which means—as the test kitchen director of a major food magazine—my text and emails are basically a constant stream of friends and family and colleagues asking, “What should I make for our holiday dinner? !” For many of us, there are a few common pillars that define a holiday-worthy dish. Seasonality factors in: there’s no point turning to tomatoes on Christmas, say, when the markets are flush with flavorful produce from chanterelles to turnips to pears.
Called a pudding in the British tradition, the dense, fruit-filled treat consists of a simple, heavy-cream-enriched batter made heartier, sweeter, and more luscious by the addition of chopped, soaked dried dates. It was thought to have originated in the UK in the 1970s, though the pudding is making a comeback worldwide, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
Though called a pudding, this riff on a classic English dessert is more like a dense, extremely moist fruit cake. Preheat the oven to 350° and set a rack in the center. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan lightly with butter, then line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside. In a small saucepan, add 3⁄ cup water and the chopped dates; bring to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the dates and liquid to a bowl; refrigerate until cool.
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