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Thomas the Baker: New Pudding for Christmas

Thomas the Baker: New Pudding for Christmas
Yareah Magazine

A new pint-sized Christmas pudding from award-winning Yorkshire bakery Thomas the Baker will provide an after-dinner drink and dessert in one spoonful this festive season!

John Thomas puts proof into pudding

John Thomas puts proof into pudding

The family bakery’s award-winning classic Christmas pudding – made to a 70-year-old recipe – has been given a Michelin-starred makeover by top Yorkshire chef Jeff Baker, with the addition of a generous helping of Saltaire Brewery’s ‘Triple Chocoholic Stout’ and Belgian chocolate chips.

Thomas’ special edition Triple Chocolate Stout Christmas Pudding has been given a “modern twist” with a splash of the Shipley brewery’s stout, which combines chocolate malts with cocoa and chocolate essence, as well as high-cocoa content chocolate nibs.

Jeff says he and the Thomas the Baker team did five or six trials before they achieved pudding perfection.

“The pudding was already an award winner – using top quality flour, vine fruits, Guinness and dark rum – so it was a tough one to improve, and I didn’t want to compromise its luscious character,” says Jeff, who has run some of Yorkshire’s most critically acclaimed restaurants, retaining his Michelin star for 10 consecutive years. “So we swapped the Guinness for stout and soaked the fruit in this for a week to get just the right ‘savoury’ flavour. The finished pudding has an unctuous fruity tang and a wonderful aroma.” 

Tony Gartland Saltaire Brewery MD says “it is an honour that Jeff selected our award winning Triple Chocoholic Stout to be used in Thomas’ special Christmas pudding recipe – and he has created the perfect finale for any festive meal!”

Judges at the 2012 Great Taste Awards dubbed the family bakery’s Christmas Pudding “near perfect,” awarding it a coveted Gold Star, and in independent taste tests it proved to be a soar away winner, scoring four out of five stars in Channel 4’s ‘The Big 4Food Christmas Pudding Taste Test’, and crowned top pud in a separate independent taste test.

Find out more at www.thomasthebaker.co.uk

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