A Christmas pudding made in Northumberland has come out top in a national newspaper’s festive taste test.
The Proof of the Pudding’s Alnwick Rum creation won over the judges in The Independent’s annual Christmas blowout to sort the “stupendous from the stodge.”
Susan Green’s alcohol-infused dessert beat some of the country’s most prestigious brands including Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and Heston Blumenthal’s Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding for Waitrose, and had the judges requesting seconds.
Made to a family recipe on the Green’s farm at Heckley High House near Alnwick, Susan’s pudding scored a maximum 20 points.
Susan was praised for her refusal to “swerve beef suet” while her “lighter-style pud has the tasters in ecstasies.”
The accolade went on to say: “A most attractive pudding. You can taste all the different flavours.”
The generous addition of 6% Alnwick Rum also drew praise. “You can tell everything has been steeped in alcohol. I really like this,” said one judge.
The pudding – which is priced at £8.99 – achieved what no other did by scoring maximum marks. The two nearest were Fortnum & Mason’s King George Christmas Plum Pudding (£19.95) and Figgy’s Christmas Pudding made with 10 year old cider (£10), which both recorded 18/20.
Marks & Spencer’s Collection Golden Christmas Pudding (£12.99) could only muster seven points while the Duchy Originals Organic (£13.49) just made it into the teens on 13.
The Alnwick Rum Christmas Pudding is available from stockists throughout the region and online at www.theproofofthepudding.co.uk