The Ultimate Alternative to Christmas Pudding

December 19th 2014

Do you remember this recipe from Paul’s appearance on Sunday Brunch last Christmas? Why not try it this year instead of the traditional Christmas pud?

Salted caramel, mincemeat and chocolate pudding with salted rum caramel sauce

Use a 1 litre heatproof or ceramic pudding basin.

300g plain flour
1.5 tablespoons baking powder
150g unrefined light muscovado sugar
110g butter
35g cocoa powder
Half teaspoon sea salt
3 medium free range eggs at room temperature
50mls milk

1. In a mixer with the paddle attachment place the dry ingredients and butter and mix until a breadcrumb texture is formed.
2. Whisk the eggs and milk together, add to the dry mixture and mix until smooth.

For the pudding bowl
20g butter for greasing
1 table spoon plain flour
1 table spoon cocoa powder

3. Soften the butter but do not fully melt.
4. Brush the sides of the basin from the bottom to the top ten the bottom.
5. Mix the cocoa powder and flour together and dust the inside of the basin knocking any excess out.

For the mincemeat
250g Raisins
250g Sultanas
50g Mixed peel
125 Apples grated skin on
½ Orange juice and zest
60g Melted Butter
125g unrefined Light muscovado sugar
60mls Brandy
60mls Ruby port
10g Cinnamon ground
5g Nutmeg ground

6. Mix all the ingredients together and leave for 24 hours before using.

For the salted caramel and rum sauce
200g unsalted butter
200g unrefined light muscovado sugar
200mls double cream
3 teaspoons Maldon sea salt.
50mls Dark rum

7. Bring the butter, salt and sugar to the simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes taking care not to let it catch on the bottom of the pan.
8. Take off the heat and pour in the cream whisking well.
Before adding the Rum –
9. Place 100mls of the caramel into a mixing bowl with three tablespoons of mincemeat and mix well.
10. Mix the 50mls of rum into the remaining salted caramel sauce.

Putting the pudding together
11. Spoon the mincemeat and caramel mixture into the bottom of the basin
12. Now fill on top with the chocolate pudding mix leaving some space at the top for expansion.
13. Now tightly food wrap the basin to seal in the mix and use the lid if your plastic basin has one.
14. Place a sheet of foil over the top tucking around the basin and steam for 45 minutes wither in a basin half filled with water or in a steamer.
15. Once steamed remove the cling film quickly and carefully to allow the pudding to cool slightly.
16. Cut off any excess pudding to level (eat the trimmings)
17. Now turn the pudding out onto a presentation dish and lace, smother and enrobe the pudding in the warm run caramel sauce.

Serve with Vanilla ice cream or simple classic whipped double cream.

Best Kept Advent Village competition

November 28th 2014

Our advent calendars sold out in record time this year! If you are one of the lucky recipients, enter our Best Kept Advent Village competition for your chance to win two places on one of our Tasting Evenings in 2015.

 

 

Simply tweet Paul, Facebook or Instagram a picture showing how you’ve set up your advent calendar using the hashtag #bestkeptadventvillage and our favourite will win this exciting prize! (T&Cs: entries close 8th December; winner will be announced 15th December; travel not included in the prize; limited dates available)

Event: Sea Salted Caramel class, Islington

Apr

30

This event is now sold out.

Join us as our skilled Chocolatier teaches you how to make Paul A. Young’s multi-award winning Sea Salted Caramel.

Our Chocolatier will give an enthusiastic introduction & demonstration into Paul’s wonderful world of chocolate, before you have the opportunity to make your very own Sea Salted Caramel.

Time – 7pm to 8.30pm
Location – paul.a.young fine chocolates, 33 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA.
5 min walk from Angel tube station.
£60 per person.
6 people maximum per class.

To reserve your place pop into a store or call our Soho branch on 020 7437 0011. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the class starting. 

All bookings must be paid in advance. Regrettably, refunds are not available on any event purchase. Should you need to change the date of your event, we will attempt to rebook you on an alternative date subject to availability, provided notification is received at least 7 days before the date of the scheduled event.

Event: Sea Salted Caramel class, Islington

Feb

26

This event is now sold out.

Join us as our skilled Chocolatier teaches you how to make Paul A. Young’s multi-award winning Sea Salted Caramel.

Our Chocolatier will give an enthusiastic introduction & demonstration into Paul’s wonderful world of chocolate, before you have the opportunity to make your very own Sea Salted Caramel.

Time – 7pm to 8.30pm
Location – paul.a.young fine chocolates, 33 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA.
5 min walk from Angel tube station.
£60 per person.
6 people maximum per class.

To reserve your place pop into a store or call our Soho branch on 020 7437 0011. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the class starting. 

All bookings must be paid in advance. Regrettably, refunds are not available on any event purchase. Should you need to change the date of your event, we will attempt to rebook you on an alternative date subject to availability, provided notification is received at least 7 days before the date of the scheduled event.

Christmas Opening hours

November 26th 2014

We hope you are planning a visit to your favourite chocolatier this Christmas? Here are our opening hours for the Festive season and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Wardour Street, Soho:

Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th: 9am – 8pm
Thursday 18th – Saturday 20th: 9am – 9pm
Sunday 21st: 11am – 7pm
Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd: 9am – 9pm
Wednesday 24th: 8am – 4pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12 noon – 7pm
Saturday 27th: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 28th: 12 noon – 7pm
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday 31st: 10am – 6pm
New Year’s Day: Closed
Friday 2nd : 10am – 8pm

Camden Passage, Islington:

Monday 15th – Thursday 18th: 10am – 6.30pm
Friday 19th & Saturday 20th: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 21st: 11am – 7pm
Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday 24th: 10am – 4pm
Christmas Day & Boxing Day: Closed
Saturday 27th: 10am – 6.30pm
Sunday 28th: 11am – 6pm
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th: 10am – 6.30pm
Wednesday 31st: 10am – 6pm
New Year’s Day: Closed
Friday 2nd: 10am – 7pm

The Royal Exchange, Bank:

Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th: 8am – 7pm
Thursday 18th: 8am – 8pm
Friday 19th: 8am – 7pm
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st: Closed
Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd: 8am – 7pm
Wednesday 24th: 8am – 3pm
Christmas Day – New Year’s Day: Closed

paul.a.young at Heal’s:

Monday 15th – Saturday 20th: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 21st: 12 noon – 6pm
Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday 24th: 10am – 3pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 10am – 7pm
Saturday 27th: 10 – 8pm
Sunday 28th: 12 noon – 6pm
Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday 31st: 11am – 5pm
New Year’s Day: 12 noon – 7pm
Friday 2nd: 10am – 8pm

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

In the news today

November 18th 2014

Did you spot our favourite Master Chocolatier on TV this morning?

Paul was on Good Morning Britain this morning and will also be on ITV London news at 10pm tonight discussing the potential upcoming cocoa crisis.

If you missed it, here is what you missed!

“Running out of chocolate by 2020 hitting the news again should make us all prick our ears up as life without chocolate would not be as enjoyable for many people. Urgent action is required and I don’t think there is one simple answer but paying more for cocoa directly to the farmer and producer will help. New organisations such as Direct Cacao are striving to increase the price we all pay including the multi nationals so that growers around the world can invest, expand and have a healthy and prosperous future growing enough caoao for the increasing demand. Consumers will need to pay more for their chocolate – I am prepared to pay more for fantastic chocolate and cacao, and customers would have to take some of the hit. Chocolate is in danger of becoming a pleasure only for the wealthy or as an occasional treat rather than something we eat daily. Either way paying more for it and ensuring the growers are paid more is an important step forward to ease the crisis.”

Event: Chocolate Tasting Evening, Islington

Jun

18

Everything you need to discover about fine chocolate with one of the world’s leading chocolatiers from bean to bar, single origin, single bean varieties and rare unique chocolates.

Our experienced hosts will give an introduction to the world of fine chocolates and what we do and how we do it. Some secrets will be shared with you. We discuss the different varieties of beans and how they are made in to chocolate as we know it today.

Time – 7pm to 8.30pm
Location – paul.a.young fine chocolates, 33 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA.
5 min walk from Angel tube station.
£47 per person.
8 people maximum per class.

To reserve your place pop into a store or call our Soho branch on 020 7437 0011. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the class starting. 

All bookings must be paid in advance. Regrettably, refunds are not available on any event purchase. Should you need to change the date of your event, we will attempt to rebook you on an alternative date subject to availability, provided notification is received at least 7 days before the date of the scheduled event.

Event: Chocolate Tasting Evening, Islington

May

21

Everything you need to discover about fine chocolate with one of the world’s leading chocolatiers from bean to bar, single origin, single bean varieties and rare unique chocolates.

Our experienced hosts will give an introduction to the world of fine chocolates and what we do and how we do it. Some secrets will be shared with you. We discuss the different varieties of beans and how they are made in to chocolate as we know it today.

Time – 7pm to 8.30pm
Location – paul.a.young fine chocolates, 33 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA.
5 min walk from Angel tube station.
£47 per person.
8 people maximum per class.

To reserve your place pop into a store or call our Soho branch on 020 7437 0011. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the class starting. 

All bookings must be paid in advance. Regrettably, refunds are not available on any event purchase. Should you need to change the date of your event, we will attempt to rebook you on an alternative date subject to availability, provided notification is received at least 7 days before the date of the scheduled event.

Event: Chocolate Tasting Evening, Islington

Apr

16

Everything you need to discover about fine chocolate with one of the world’s leading chocolatiers from bean to bar, single origin, single bean varieties and rare unique chocolates.

Our experienced hosts will give an introduction to the world of fine chocolates and what we do and how we do it. Some secrets will be shared with you. We discuss the different varieties of beans and how they are made in to chocolate as we know it today.

Time – 7pm to 8.30pm
Location – paul.a.young fine chocolates, 33 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA.
5 min walk from Angel tube station.
£47 per person.
8 people maximum per class.

To reserve your place pop into a store or call our Soho branch on 020 7437 0011. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the class starting. 

All bookings must be paid in advance. Regrettably, refunds are not available on any event purchase. Should you need to change the date of your event, we will attempt to rebook you on an alternative date subject to availability, provided notification is received at least 7 days before the date of the scheduled event.

Event: Chocolate Tasting & Making Workshop, Islington

Jun

6

Join us in our kitchen for one of our popular Tasting & Making workshops, as we share some of the essential skills of making fresh, handmade fine chocolates.

The day begins at 12 noon with an introduction to paul.a.young and what makes us so unique in the chocolate world. Then begins a vertical chocolate tasting from the bean through some of the world’s finest bean to bar producers and cocoa bean varieties.

The hands on section of the afternoon begins with a ganache master-class teaching you how to create a silky, smooth ganache with some very unexpected ingredients. Next follows a demonstration by our skilled Chocolatier of marble slab tempering, the vital skill to master and perfect so your chocolates will have a world class shine. You will also have the opportunity to try your hand at tempering. Truffle shells, filling, rolling, coating and decorating – we will show you all the tricks of the trade to make your truffles stand out in the crowd from simple piping designs to artistic decorations.

This is a hands-on experience which may mean you get a bit messy. You will take everything you make home with you.

Time – 12 noon to 5pm
Location – paul.a.young fine chocolates, 33 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA.
5 min walk from Angel tube station.
£175 per person.
6 people maximum per class.

To book and pay for your place please call our Soho store 020 7437 0011Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the class starting. Sensible shoes must be worn, high heels and sandals are strictly not allowed. 

All bookings must be paid in advance. Regrettably, refunds are not available on any event purchase. Should you need to change the date of your event, we will attempt to rebook you on an alternative date subject to availability, provided notification is received at least 7 days before the date of the scheduled event.

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