Brandy Cream Sauce

30 minutesServes 2
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Cream Sauce


  • 1 Tiptree Christmas Pudding
  • ¼ c salted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp Brandy (or Cognac)


Steam your pudding according to package directions. While pudding is steaming, make the sauce.

In a nonstick saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, add flour, stirring quickly to make a thick paste. Cook for 1 minute, continuing to stir (be careful not to burn). Gradually pour in the milk while whisking quickly. Keep whisking until mixture becomes thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

Whisk in sugar and continue whisking and cooking until sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in brandy or cognac.

Refrigerate until ready to use, then reheat gently on the stove, adding a small drop of brandy or cognac.

To serve: You want to flame your Christmas pudding. To do this: Place your steamed pudding on a serving plate with a rim around the edge to catch any alcohol that might pour over.

If you have a gas stove, pour 2 tbsp brandy or cognac into a long-handled metal ladle and heat over a gas flame until hot, being careful not to let it boil. If you don’t have a gas stove, heat the brandy or cognac in a small saucepan first, then transfer it to the ladle.

Light the alcohol by tilting the ladle slightly over the gas flame so it ignites, or use a match, then quickly pour it over the pudding. Wait for the flames to die, then pour cream sauce over top and serve immediately.

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