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Christmas Fruit Dumpling in the microwave

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Add 2 minutes if not cooked in the centre - check with skewer.

Skill level

Easy

Servings

1 large pudding

A quick replacement for Christmas pudding that's lighter and very tasty

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Ingredients

  • 300ml of water (½ pint)
  • 450g mix of dried fruits – inc 200g sultanas whole, approx equal parts chopped apricots, figs, dates and/or prunes to make total weight
  • 225g margarine or butter or mix of both
  • 250g of sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of mixed spice
  • 2 eggs beaten

Method

  1. Put the water, fruit, fat and sugar in a large pan and slowly heat until all the sugar and fat has dissolved - Tip: you are only melting not cooking so don't let it get too hot..

  2. Sieve the next five ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to ensure an even spread of the spices.

  3. Add warm wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and add the two beaten eggs and mix well.

  4. Put into suitably sized microwaveable dish lined with cling film, but do not cover over the top with the cling film. I use a glass mixing bowl as the cooking dish to get a nice pudding shape. Place in microwave (timings for 900w) adjust timing for lower or higher power microwave

  5. Once cooked turn out onto a plate and remove cling film. Allow to cool. This can be sliced up and frozen in handy portions. It's great re-heated and then dry fried to get a tasty crust on it...

  6. The Scottish dish Clootie Dumpling is the basis for this updated recipe and they eat a slice of this dumpling with a cooked breakfast - naughty but delicious

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