Home-made Christmas - Light Christmas Pudding Recipe

Friday, 3 December 2010  |  Admin

I'm officially a grown-up, I've passed the milestone today and I can proudly declare myself to have put away childish things.
It wasn't marriage, or the birth of any of my three lovely children which helped me pass this momentous milestone, nor even finding myself in an expectant state with no4.
This year, for the first time ever, instead of asking my Mum to make an extra Christmas pudding for me, I asked her to give me the recipe! How about that for daring? My Mum's christmas pudding is fabulous, more pudding-y than fruity and much lighter and less dense than standard christmas pudding. Traditionally there isn't any alcohol in the pudding itself, but it is served with as much brandy butter as you like which gives it a kick.
It's really easy to make, and doesn't have to be made a month in advance, in fact you could make it on Christmas Eve, no problems. If you do make it in advance as I have, it freezes really well, just cut each pudding into quarters, wrap in greaseproof paper and a bag and freeze individually. It can then be microwaved a portion at a time, meaning no hassle on Christmas Day.
I didn't plan to made our Christmas Pudding in advance but used it to pass the time with eldest son as we were snowed in, so I've varied my Mum's recipe. The ingredients list below shows what I actually used in brackets.
8oz brown sugar (I used 5oz dark brown and 3oz light brown sugar) 8oz butter (I used 5oz butter & 3oz margarine) 2oz plain flour 4oz grated apple 1/4 tsp mixed spice (I didn't have any mixed spice so made the other spices heaped 1/4 tsps) 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp baking powder 3 beaten eggs 12oz sultanas / raisins (9 oz sultanas & raisins, 3oz dried apricot)6oz breadcrumbs (I used brown, Mum uses white) pinch salt Orange or Lemon rind, grated
Cream butter/ marg and sugar together until fluffy.Add baking powder and spices to flour.Add alternating spoonfuls of flour/spice, egg and apple to the and mix, mixing them in well.Add the breadcrumbs, dried fruit and orange/lemon rind. Stir well.Place the mixture into a well-greased pudding bowl. I used a plastic one and as the pudding mix didn't come right to the top I placed a layer of greased, greaseproof paper on top of the mix before I put the lid on. My Mum uses a pyrex bowl, but places two layers of greased, greaseproof paper on top and ties them on with string.Steam for several hours, making sure to keep your steamer well topped up with water. I took this to mean about three.Remove carefully from steamer, leave to cool, then remove carefully from cooking bowl. Serve or freeze as appropriate.
If you try this recipe, let me know, would love to hear what you think (and so would my Mum!) Mum, hope I've done your pudding justice!

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