CHRISTMAS is a time of giving and what better gift than a delicious pudding, biscuit or even an egg-nog macaron.
A host of local kitchens are busy preparing all sorts of Christmas goodies so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice.
It’s hardly Christmas without a slice of good old Christmas pudding, and the folk at Adamstown Pudding Kitchen know their stuff – they’ve been making them for more than 40 years.
A not-for-profit activity of the Adamstown Uniting Church, the team makes more than 10,000 puddings or 12,000kilograms of pudding a year.
The pudding project started in 1971 in local kitchens and church basements before moving to the old parsonage site adjoining Adamstown Uniting Church in 1979.
These days about 50 volunteers and three full-time staff are busy doing everything from preparing the dry ingredients, to cooking the puddings ‘‘the old-fashioned way’’, to wrapping them in calico.
‘‘We have volunteers still here that have been taking part since the kitchen started 40 years ago,’’ the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen’s Sandra Bevan told GT.
‘‘We have had customers returning every year too.’’
Adamstown Pudding Kitchen makes three varieties of pudding: traditional, gluten-free and low-fat.
The kitchen (adamstownpuddingkitchen.org.au or 49522724) sells the puddings at the Adamstown site from 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm Friday, and 9am to 1pm Saturday.
They are also available at Newcastle City Farmers’ Market and a host of Lifeline stores around the region.
But the kitchen gives more than just delicious pud – it also provides financial support to Adamstown Uniting Church mission and outreach services locally, nationally and overseas.
The Lions Christmas Cake Program also sells cakes and puddings in about 1400 Lions, Lioness and Leo clubs across the country, as well as a number of outlets selling the cakes and puddings on behalf of Lions.
Each year, more than 700tonnes of cakes and puddings are sold, which is estimated to have raised about $50million for community projects since 1965.
Other pudding purveyors around town include the famous Newcastle’s Pudding Lady and Pudding Lane.
Not forgetting UK super chef Heston Blumenthal’s range at Coles, which includes the Heston Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding (with a whole candied orange hidden in the centre), and the Heston Hidden Clementine Christmas Pudding (with a whole clementine).
Famous for its macarons sold at the Olive Tree Market, Sugarlicious is also producing festive goodies including some deliciously cute, iced-butter biscuits in the shape of stars, angels, Christmas trees and even a snow globe with a snow man, Christmas tree and falling snow inside.
Christmas macaron flavours include egg-nog and peppermint candy. Sugarlicious is at the Olive Tree Market this Saturday and on December 15.