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Plum pudding with Ahwahnee apricot sauce

Plum pudding with Ahwahnee apricot sauce
Los Angeles Times

If California has an emblematic Christmas feast, a holiday tradition that captures the spirit and history of this state of displaced people, it might well be the Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite's Ahwahnee hotel. Surrounded by some of the most stunning ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes | Serves 12

Ahwahnee apricot sauce

  • 2 (15.25-ounce) cans peeled apricots in heavy syrup
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup apricot jam
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half
  • 3 cloves
  • 1( 1/4-inch) slice of fresh ginger

Step 1Place the apricots and syrup in a blender and blend until smooth.

Step 2Combine the apricot puree, brandy, apricot jam, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, cloves and ginger in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture thickens and the color darkens slightly, about 15 minutes.

Step 3Strain out the spices and cool.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 cups ( 1/2-inch) bread cubes made from a top-quality white loaf
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time until they are fully incorporated.

Step 2In a separate bowl, toss the currants, raisins, dried apricots, dried cherries, pecans and orange zest with the flour, then fold them into the butter mixture. Fold in the bread cubes and spices.

Step 3Spoon the batter into a 7-by-10-inch glass baking pan and place the pan in a larger baking pan. Pour hot water halfway up the side of the pudding pan. Bake until set, about 40 minutes. Serve with Ahwahnee apricot sauce.

Note: From executive chef Terry Sheehan at the Ahwahnee hotel.


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