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Plum pudding

Serves 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours

Many Christmas recipes have evolved through families through the years – this one is no different. Tried and tested it has the old fashioned flavour of the festive season.

Ingredients

Method

  • 2 cups fruit mix
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda - mix with 1 mashed banana
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup of milk
View the method
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Pour contents in a greased heat proof bowl - Pyrex or stainless steel.
  3. Cover with two layers of grease proof paper and aluminium foil, tie with string to secure these, then you can form a loop to make it easier for removal once cooked.
  4. Place into a large saucepan half full of boiling water, cover with lid and simmer for 3 hours.
  5. Ensure you check the water level regularly and add boiling water if the level drops too low as a precaution against the pot boiling dry.
  6. Can be served with cream, custard or a Christmas sauce:
  7. Mix together 2 Tablespoon custard powder, 2 Tablespoon brown sugar and 2/3 cup of water until smooth.
  8. Add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1-2 Tablespoon cream and a dash of brandy or sherry and mix until combined.
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