I wanted to do something for Hogmanay because the Scottish over here are the most like Philadelphians as far as I can see. In Philadelphia New Year’s Day is a huge celebration, in fact even more so than Christmas. Philadelphia has the Mummers Parade, which I grew up with. It is a day long celebration that goes late into the night. It starts out in South Philly with the Comics and String Bands and ends in Center City with the Fancy Brigade competition. People don’t realize that this Mummers Parade is serious business! The different bands and brigades work on their routines and costumes for an entire year–everything has to be perfect. If anyone is interested in seeing a glimpse of our interesting tradition click here.
When I first came to the UK, New Year’s day wasn’t really celebrated, until I met the Scots! They sure know how to party, and sometimes Hogmanay goes on for 2 or 3 days. In honor of their brilliant tradition, I have made Seven Mug Pudding or as some call it 7 Cup Pudding.
1 cup raisins
1 cup gluten free self raising flour (If you aren’t on the gluten free diet, you can always substitute this with self raising flour.)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup vegan spread
1 cup fresh gluten free breadcrumbs
1 cup oat milk
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
Line up seven mugs and fill one with raisins, one with self raising flour, one with light brown sugar, one with dark brown sugar, one with vegan spread, one with breadcrumbs and one with oat milk.
Take out a huge bowl and one by one pour in the mugs.
Mix everything together with a wooden spoon.
Add in the cinnamon, ginger and cider vinegar.
Take out individual pudding basins. I used mini bundt pans as well.
Pour the pudding mixture into the individual basins, and cover each one with tin foil.
Place them inside of a steamer and steam for 1 hour.
Take out and cool for 10 minutes.
Turn out over plate and either sprinkle with icing sugar or douse with brandy.
The taste is very similar to Christmas pudding, but better!
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