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Traditional Christmas Pudding

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 5:00

Preparation Time: 0:20

Ingredients

  • 300g mixed raisins, currants and sultanas
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 100g dates or prunes chopped
  • 1x small cooking apple, peeled and grated
  • 1x orange – juice and zest
  • 1x lemon – zest only
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 100g glace cherries
  • 200g mixed, chopped nuts – walnuts, almonds etc.
  • 200g granulated molasses
  • 2x tbsp. black treacle
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 50g blanched almonds, toasted and chopped
  • 50g white breadcrumbs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g cold butter
  • 100g shredded suet
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • Brandy butter, maple syrup or icing sugar for topping

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl (excluding any toppings) and mix well together.
  2. Grease the Pyrex Cook & Go round dish and place a piece of greaseproof paper at the bottom of the dish to prevent sticking, and fill with the mixture until 2/3 full.
  3. Cover the dish with a double layer of greaseproof paper which is pleated in the middle and then cover with a layer of foil, which is also pleated in the middle.
  4. Tie a piece of string around the rim of the dish and then a 2nd piece from the underneath of the dish to the top, creating a handle.
  5. In a large saucepan, place a heatproof dish at the bottom (upside down), and put the Cook & Go dish on top.
  6. Pour boiling water into the saucepan until it reaches half way.
  7. Cover the saucepan with a lid and once boiled, reduce to a simmer for 5 hours (ensure you check the water frequently to maintain the height of the water).
  8. The pudding is ready once a skewer, inserted in to the middle comes out clean.
  9. Remove pudding from the dish by placing a lid on top and turning the dish upside down.
  10. Finish with a drizzle of brandy butter, maple syrup or a dusting of icing sugar.
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