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Although the stuffed-as-a-turkey feeling that follows Christmas dinner is unavoidable, it's the pudding that finishes you off. This is a special moment when you force down some Christmas spirit and end up feeling exactly like a pudding yourself. Making a pudding is a painstaking process: if you refuse the laborious result, pain is applied by the maker (in past times silver sixpences were a baked-in bribe for reluctant eaters). Luckily, Habitat has produced a stomach-friendly version, so give yourself a present and avoid all that thankless effort.

pounds 6.95 from all Habitat stores.