The recipe is a fusion of my mother's recipe for a quick boiled pudding, known in Welsh as 'pwdin fwrdd-a-hi' (away you go pudding) and a classic muffin-type quickbread that yileds a rather wonderful and moist cake with a firm crust that is excellent served with coffee. This makes a rather fantastic Christmas morning day treat that can be prepared the day before.
Also, if you are looking for something lighter than the traditional Christmas cake (and which is much quicker to make), then why not try this festive cranberry and orange quickbread instead? This also makes an excellent Christmas gift.
If you put the same mixture in a pudding bowl and steam for 3 hours, you also get a light Christmas pudding. So here are two separate recipes in one.
Here you can find a link to all the Christmas and all the other Twelve Days of Christmas recipes published on this blog... a true treasure-trove of seasonal dishes.