chuck in as much as you like of the following: bread (preferably brown wholemeal) (not fresh) I sometimes use sliced

  • milk (skimmed or semi)
  • eggs beaten with a drop of milk
  • luxury dried mixed fruit plus raisins
  • mixed spice/cinnamon
  • anything in storecupboard, e.g. jam/syrup
  • small amount of flour to bind
  • suet (beef or vegetarian) not too much!
  • jar of mincemeat (1 or 2 if you are making a big one!)
  • grated carrot


  • STEP 1
    soak the bread in the milk for 30mins/1 hr.
  • STEP 2
    squeeze out the bread
  • STEP 3
    mix all the other ingredients with the sloppy bread leaving the flour til last, add just enough to help bind it all
  • STEP 4
    lightly butter a roasting tin. Put the mixture in and smooth it down, then run a fork over it and sprinkle it with a little sugar
  • STEP 5
    bake in the oven fan 140 for an hour or so till browning on top. Don't overcook it or it'll dry it out. Enjoy hot or cold.

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