Sweet Christmas Pudding

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Makes: 4 servings 

Time: overnight

 

No Christmas day is complete without big bowl of Christmas pudding!

Ingredients

1 teaspoon  Ground Nutmeg

225 gram (8 ounce) self-raising flour 

100 gram (4 ounce) breadcrumbs 

100 gram (4 ounce) ground almonds 

550 gram (1 1/4 pounds) dark brown sugar 

175 gram (6 ounce) shredded suet 

450 gram (1 pound) currants 

450 gram (1 pound) sultanas 

450 gram (1 pound) raisins 

2 teaspoon  Cinnamon Powder

1 teaspoon  Coriander Ground

1 teaspoon  Ground Allspice

1 teaspoon salt 

6 medium eggs 

1 orange 

1 lemon 

6 tablespoons brandy 

300 millilitre (1/2 pint) brown ale

Instructions

Place the flour, breadcrumbs, ground almonds, sugar, suet, dried fruits, Spices and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix them together thoroughly. Beat eggs in a separate basin. Add eggs, fruit zest and juice, the brandy and brown ale to the ingredients in the bowl. Stir the mixture very well, ensuring that the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Grease three 900ml (1½ pint) pudding basins. Fill them with the mixture to within 2.5cm (1’’) of the top. Cover each basin with a circle of greaseproof paper, folded and tucked to allow for expansion of the puddings. Cover the paper with an 45.5cm (18’’) square of muslin or foil. Tie a length of string several times around the basin to secure the covers. Knot opposite ends of the muslin over the top of the basin.

Place the puddings in a steamer or stand them in covered saucepans of boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basins. Steam them for 6 hours, topping up the water if necessary.

Allow the puddings to cool. Remove the muslin or foil covers and replace them with clean ones. Store in a dry, cool place. It is not necessary to freeze the puddings.

Steam the puddings for 3 hours before serving decorated with a sprig of holly and accompanied by brandy butter, brandy sauce or cream.

 

Source: Schwartz

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