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  • Quentin von Essen

Adamstown Pudding Kitchen – Puddings that Taste Good and Do Good Too


With a reputation for making the best commercially made Christmas Puddings ever tasted, for the past 50 years,

the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen has cooked, wrapped and sold

more than 10,000 Christmas puddings each year

to help a variety of worthy causes.

 

It’s an impressive feat, fuelled by lashings of brandy, quality ingredients and a community spirit that has resulted in more than $1 million being donated to worthy projects since its establishment.


Apart from a closely guarded recipe, the secret to their success is a host of passionate volunteers who give up their time to help out with everything from cooking and wrapping the puddings to working the shopfront and various stalls where the delicious treats are sold. This year, being their 50th anniversary, they are looking forward to introducing a new range of delicious puddings to add to their already popular range of traditional favourites.


The origins of the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen date back to 1971 when a church member, grateful for her younger brother’s safe return from the Vietnam war, turned to her grandmother’s family recipe to make puddings for a church fundraiser. Fifty years later, charity and community spirit are still the vital ingredients in the operation of the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen, with profits going towards a range of welfare and community programs in Newcastle, Australia and overseas.


At the local level, funds are used to support the development of an all all-age music venue in The Dungeon, which is situated under the Church, by running regular music gigs for young people, supporting emerging artists, mentoring creativity and providing skills for aspiring young people in the creative industries.


Other worthy projects include providing disaster readiness and climate change in the Pacific and ongoing support for women’s leadership programs in indigenous communities in Australia and the Pacific, Mercy Ships program focusing on women’s health, and safe drinking water programs in East Timor and Africa.


Of course, its charitable efforts wouldn’t be as successful if it wasn’t for the high quality of its culinary offerings – and these are undoubtedly second to none.


Thrilling the taste buds of satisfied customers across the Hunter and throughout Australia, the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen’s core product – the traditional Christmas pudding, is cooked using the same family recipe. However, the exact measurements and method of combining them is a carefully guarded secret!


The Adamstown Pudding Kitchen has branched out over the years to create reduced fat and gluten-free versions and a new range of paleo and vegan puddings and gourmet puddings with flavours that include apricot and ginger, date, and double choc cherry.


Customers can also choose from their delicious range of gourmet jams, pickles and sauces that are designed to be seasonal.


Of course, there is no better way to say thank you or wish someone a Merry Christmas than with a gift made from a delicious selection of Adamstown Pudding Kitchen gourmet products. Create your own hamper with a selection of puddings, gourmet jams, pickles and sauces that make the perfect corporate gift at Christmas. All hampers are exquisitely packaged and delivered to your required address.


All puddings are available for purchase from the church building at Adamstown Uniting Church – simply follow the signs. The shop opens from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and from 1 December will be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.


Puddings can also be ordered online at www.adamstownpuddingkitchen.org.au

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