Every year at this time of year, my husband’s family get together for their annual Family Gathering. In honour of their Mum’s early December birthday, all five siblings and their children and grandchildren gather in one home to catch up, share news, eat, drink and exchange Christmas gifts. It’s a chaotic, fun filled afternoon that really gets us feeling all festive.

Part of the tradition is that we each take some food to contribute towards the meal, and I usually love to cook up a gorgeous desert. This year I decided to make Delia’s Chocolate Bread Pudding (again). I’ve made this many times over the last 10 years and it never fails to impress. It’s incredibly simple to make, can be made in advance, and is gooey and gorgeous straight from the oven with a little double cream.

Christmas recipeI made it 2 days before the event and was lucky enough to be able to give this brand new Bodum Hand Mixer a trial run. I’ve been using my nan’s old hand mixer for over 25 years now and although it was still going strong it just doesn’t have the power of a modern one. So the time has come to retire it.

Bodum hand mixer

kids cookingAs you can see from the images, the Bodum Hand Mixer looks amazing; incredibly modern and super sleek. The difference in style between the old and new is incredible really. With 5 settings we set off on the lowest, before moving up to the highest. It was at this point Miss E said it felt and sounded like a rocket! To be honest there’s no comparison between the old and new; the Bodum is far superior in all aspects. It’s still quite heavy for the children to use but I don’t think you can get away from that. Miss E managed to whisk the eggs though by herself which she’s struggle to do with the older mixer.

Complete with attachments to knead dough, mix batter and mash the potatoes you’d certainly be getting your money’s worth here. The Bodum Hand mixer is for sale at John Lewis, retails for £49.95 and we love it!

If you want to give the Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding a go, I would certainly recommend it. You can find the full recipe over on the Delia Online website and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Make a few days in advance and leave in the fridge until you’re ready to cook. It takes just half an hour in the oven and, if there are any leftovers, it’s wonderful reheated a few days later.

Beware though, serve in small portions or your waistline will complain severely.

I was given the Bodum Hand Mixer as part of this post and in exchange for the review. The comments and opinons are honest and genuine, and it really does sound like a rocket taking off!

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