OK, Citizens, I admit it – this is actually a CHRISTMAS pudding recipe, but one that I have adapted for Hanukkah and made a few alterations to suit my own taste. Hanukkah and Christmas fall pretty much at the same time this year, and I thought I’d create a celebratory classic pudding, but for Hanukkah this year, not Christmas!
Because I LIKE Christmas pudding and thought it high-time Jews had a similar spiced offering for our holiday. There is nothing stopping non-Jews from using my fantastic recipe for a Christmas pudding – so, we kill two metaphoric birds with one stone! 😉
Also, since this bad boy is served flaming, why NOT make it a Hannukah minhog (custom) moving forward – it is the Festival of Lights, after all?! 🙂
It was common practice to include small silver coins in the pudding mixture, which could be kept by the person whose serving included them. The usual choice was a silver threepence or a sixpence. The coin was believed to bring wealth in the coming year.
Other tokens are also known to have been included, such as a tiny wishbone (to bring good luck), a silver thimble (for thrift), or an anchor (to symbolize safe harbor). Instead of the traditional items hidden in the pudding, I have included 2 small metal dreidels as my suggested appropriate totems. 😉
Once turned out of its basin, doused in brandy (or occasionally rum), and flamed (or “fired”), the pudding is traditionally brought to the table ceremoniously, and greeted with a round of applause.
May your holidays all burn bright, Citizens! 😀
Battle on – The Generalissimo