Christmas Fruit Dumpling in the microwave
- Preparation and cooking time
- Add 2 minutes if not cooked in the centre - check with skewer.
- Makes 1 large pudding
A quick replacement for Christmas pudding that's lighter and very tasty
- 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
- STEP 1Put 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..
- STEP 2Sieve the next five ingredients into a large bowl and mix well to ensure an even spread of the spices.
- STEP 3Add warm wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and add the two beaten eggs and mix well.
- STEP 4Put 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
- STEP 5Once 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...
- STEP 6The 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