Hang on- I hear you say- that looks like a salami. While the ye olde bowl-shaped pudding is on offer, these two tasty treats pictured here are pudding logs which make serving up dessert a breeze as it's quite a bit easier to slice off exactly the amount you want from a uniform log-shaped thing, rather than guessing how big a wedge you'd like from a ball-shaped thing.
Underneath the cloth covering was an aluminum foil wrapped mystery, and peeling away the foil revealed a plastic-sealed pudding. When I sliced through the pudding log, it was dense in texture which set my expectations high for a concentrated flavour which was exactly what we got.
Served up, the pudding slices resembled Irish black pudding, but what this dessert lacked in aesthetic beauty it certainly made up for in taste which is really the main reason we all eat Christmas pudding. Each mouthful was a combo of opluent rum-infused chocolatey fruit, nestled in a rich pudding and was intensely delicious. Normally I serve up Christmas pudding with custard, but these chocolate rum & raisin varieties went brilliantly with double cream.
These puddings are made just north of Sydney in Newcastle, using traditional method involving tying them in calico then cloth and boiling them in cloth in copper vats before hanging them on a line which allows them to mature. Each pud is made from Australian vine fruits and a bunch of other wholesome ingredients such as free range eggs and Barossa Valley Oak Australian Brandy.
I bought these logs from the Kelvin Grove markets in inner-north Brisbane, but have seen them for sale at numerous markets around the place. They are also available online.
There were a bunch of other flavours available which I had samples of such as triple choc (yum), chocolate macadamia (yum again) and date & toffee (oh man these were the bomb!). The two I bought here are smaller 500g options, but there are 1kg versions available to feed the whole family and the jolly man in the red suit himself.
Website: Pudding Lane