Granny Martin's Christmas puddings

Granny Martin's Christmas puddings

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 6 hrs Plus overnight soaking

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Makes 2 puddings, each serving 6
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Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal764
  • fat23g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs130g
  • sugars101g
  • fibre5g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.81g
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Ingredients

  • 350g sultana
  • 350g currant
  • 140g dried fig, chopped
    Fig

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  • 100g mixed peel
  • 85g glacé cherry, halved
  • 100g dried apricots, chopped
  • 150ml brandy
    Brandy

    Brandy

    bran-dee

    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 100g stem ginger, chopped
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • plus 3 tbsp of the syrup
  • 2 apples, grated
    Apples

    Apple

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    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • juice and zest 2 oranges
    Orange

    Orange

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    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 6 large eggs, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

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  • 250g shredded suet
  • 250g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 350g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • butter, for greasing
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

Method

  1. Soak the sultanas, currants, figs, mixed peel, cherries and the apricots in the brandy in a bowl overnight if possible or for at least a few hrs (if you don't have time for this, place the fruit in a microwaveable bowl with the brandy and give it a quick blast in the microwave to plump up). In a larger bowl, mix the ginger and syrup, apples, orange juice and zest, eggs, suet, crumbs, sugar and flour. Using your fingers or a wooden spoon, mix in the soaked fruit and mixed spice.

  2. Butter 2 x 1.5-litre pudding basins and divide the mixture between them, filling almost to the rim. Smooth the tops and cover with 2 circles of greaseproof paper. Cover each pudding with a sheet of foil with a folded pleat down the centre, to allow the pudding to expand, and secure everything by tying it tightly with some string. Stand the puddings in a deep, large pan (or 2 if that’s easier) on trivets or upturned saucers and pour boiling water around so it comes about a third of the way up. Cover the pan and steam the puddings for 5 hrs, topping up with more boiling water when necessary.

  3. Let the puddings cool down before removing the foil and greaseproof paper, then cover with cling film over the top and store in a cool, dry place if you aren’t using them straight away. This is the time you can drizzle them with more booze in the run-up to Christmas if you have time. To reheat, steam the pudding for 1 hr more before turning out and flaming with hot brandy.

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gower7
3rd Oct, 2012
i am going to make these soon, do i cover just inside the basin with the greasproof paper or over the top?? with the foil, surley the foil wont expand if the paper over the top
susanep
1st Dec, 2011
5.05
This will be the third year of making this pudding. It's delicious. My family always want seconds!!
jinjerine
23rd Oct, 2011
5.05
I forgot to come back and rate this recipe, but made again last year and will be making this year. Really lovely light puddings. Not like the shop bought heavy rich ones. Very easy to make too. A must for Christmas!
bozzer
12th Sep, 2011
5.05
Made last year will definitely make again son that said he didn't like Christmas pudding wouldn't stop eating it
bozzer
12th Sep, 2011
5.05
Made last year will definitely make again son that said he didn't like Christmas pudding wouldn't stop eating it
joefizz
2nd Jan, 2011
5.05
Simply outstanding! 10/10
nnw13100
11th Dec, 2010
Made this last year and it was a real winner with my father in-law who hates xmas pudding, so much so he's asked for another this year! I have 7 of these in all different sizes maturing as we speak :o) Any tips on how to reheat this in a mirowave rather than re-steaming?
wurood
2nd Dec, 2010
can u suggest a substitute for brandy. i live in a country where you cant buy alcohol and would like to try this recipe. it will be the first christmas pudding i make that is if i get to know the substitute.
susanep
18th Nov, 2010
5.05
Made this last year and I'm making it again this year. My family really enjoyed it. It's much lighter than most puddings.
tc1980
16th Nov, 2010
5.05
This took a long time to prepare and make, but the results were worth it! As Im a novice to this baking lark, I made a small one to test straight away and I was very pleased with it!. I'm not usually a huge fan of Christmas Pudding, but will definately be tucking into this one. Can't wait to put it on the table on Christmas Day!

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