Christmas pudding with citrus & spice

Christmas pudding with citrus & spice

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Cook:
    • Prep 30 mins plus soaking overnight
  • Easy
  • Serves 10

A fruity pud, served with orange custard cream, makes the perfect end to the traditional Christmas meal

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal596
fat20g
saturates10g
carbs92g
sugars69g
fibre0g
protein7g
low insalt0.89g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Mix the fruit, almonds, citrus zests and the carrot with the brandy and orange liqueur in a large mixing bowl. Cover and leave to soak overnight.

  • STEP 2

    Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add to the soaked fruit mixture. Grate in the butter, then add the eggs and stir. Don’t forget to make a wish!

  • STEP 3

    Grease a 1.5-litre pudding basin with butter and line the base with greaseproof paper. Spoon in the mixture, press down well and make a hollow with the back of the spoon in the centre. Cover the surface with a round of greaseproof paper, then cover the bowl with double-thickness greaseproof paper and foil and tie at the rim with string. Lower the pudding into a pan with an upturned saucer in the base, then fill with water until it comes halfway up the sides of the bowl. Steam for 6 hrs, topping up with water as necessary.

  • STEP 4

    Alternatively, steam in the oven. Stand the pudding basin in a roasting tin filled with water, then cover with a tent of foil and cook for the same length of time at 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Check roasting tin occasionally as the water may need to be topped up.

  • STEP 5

    To store, allow to cool, then store in a cool, dry cupboard. The pudding will keep for up to a year.

  • STEP 6

    On the day, steam for 1 hr before turning out, decorating with holly and serving with extra-thick double cream or vanilla ice cream. Alternatively, try my Orange custard cream (below).

RECIPE TIPS
ORANGE CUSTARD CREAM
Whip 285ml double cream with the grated zest ½ orange until it holds its shape. Fold in a 500ml tub fresh vanilla custard and serve.

Goes well with

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