Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding to die for!

xmas pudThis pudding is really popular with all my family members, even those who ‘don’t like Christmas pudding’. It’s also vegetarian if you want to avoid suet.

Simon’s Christmas pudding 

Makes 2 x 1 litre puddings

125g Sourdough wholemeal  breadcrumbs
125g Spelt flour
60g Dark brown or rapadura sugar
125g Unsalted butter
60g Shredded almonds
850g Dried fruit – chopped dates, prunes, apricots, currants, sultanas
50g Crystallised peel
1 Lemon, juice and grated rind
1 Orange, juice and grated rind
150g Grated cooking apple
4 Large eggs
100g Black treacle
50-100ml Dark ale, or Guinness
75ml Brandy or whisky
4 tsp Spice – mixed, cinnamon , ginger , nutmeg
1 tsp Salt
Mix dried fruit with brandy and soak 12 hours
Melt the butter and treacle
Beat eggs
Combine all, add enough ale to make a dropping consistency
Pour into greased bowls, with greaseproof paper then tin foil, tied
Cook in pressure cooker  for 2 hours (or steam for 3 hours, check the water regularly)
Re-heat in pressure cooker, or steam  for 1 hour before use