Ashes Family Brandy Sauce

Serves: an entire pudding and then some

Christmas pudding wasn’t one of my family’s Christmas traditions growing up.

I recall that puddings were purchased and even cooked, though Christmas pudding was a sideshow at best and one attempted some hours after the main meal had come and gone.

In the Ashes Family – Nat’s family – Christmas pudding is a load-bearing part of their tradition.

Served with “Grandma’s” brandy sauce.

This sauce is a sort of dial-it-to-11 sort of sauce. A Christmas special.

Your heart would stop if you had this every day for a week.

Thank God then there is just one Christmas Day and this sauce.

I didn’t know you well, though thank you Nat’s Grandma. I like tradition and your tradition is now part of mine.


30gm butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
50 mls cream
2 tbsp brandy


  1. Heat the butter, browned sugar, water over a low heat heat and combine.
  2. Add cornflour to thicken as necessary.
  3. Once thickened, add the cream and brandy. Whisk until combined and thickened. (And more brandy as you feel fit:)
  4. Enjoy… it’s Christmas!

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