Father Mac's staff hard at work in the Alstonville factory making new gluten-free puddings.
Father Mac's staff hard at work in the Alstonville factory making new gluten-free puddings. Kirsty McLean

Father Mac's heavenly taste

BEV CRETHAR knows how to make a tasty pudding. As factory manager at Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings she has used a secret 30-year-old traditional recipe to create puddings at the Alstonville factory.

When one of her staff explained that she was gluten intolerant, Mrs Crethar decided that a different kind of pudding was needed this Christmas.

She said more people were being diagnosed with coeliac disease or had intolerance to gluten and she wanted to give them the option of a dessert they could enjoy.

The new gluten-free pudding was trialled on volunteers.

“They thought we were having them on as they couldn’t taste the difference,” Mrs Crethar said.

The fruits and other special ingredients that make up a Father Mac pudding are mixed and put in specially made containers that can withstand a direct steaming process in industrial steamers.

Once they are cooked, the puddings are lifted out of the containers and sealed in food wrap.

All puddings are cooked between July and November before they are shipped off to stores across the country.

What would Father Mac think of the new gluten-free version?

In 1981 Father Darcy McCarthy, known as Father Mac, started cooking in the modest presbytery kitchen of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Alstonville.

The pudding output has grown from 300 puddings in the first year to 50,000 puddings this year.

Father Mac’s Puddings has donated more than $15,000 worth of puddings to charities like Sydney City Missions, soup kitchens and to other fundraising activities.

The reach of Father Mac’s Puddings extends to Ghana where money was donated for a fresh water well in an African village.

Father Mac’s puddings can be found in many retail outlets in Brisbane and Sydney and locally at Alstonville Plaza Meats, Annie’s Cafe in Goonellabah, Karem’s Food Market in Casino, Ballina Fair Butchers, Lennox Head Butchers and other outlets.

The gluten-free pudding is only available directly from the Alstonville factory on 6628 5474.



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