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Mr D's Christmas Pudding

By mahnid (GoodFood Community)
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • 24 to soak the fruit
  • Easy
  • Serves 18
A Rich, moist and un-fussy Christmas pudding. Makes 3l to be split up as you like.
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Ingredients

  • 700g mixed fruit
  • 150g mixed peel
  • 100g glacé cherries , halved
  • 200ml brandy
  • 2 grated apples
  • 2 oranges, juice and zest
  • 6 large eggs
  • 250g shredded suet
  • 250g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 350g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice

butter , for greasing

  • butter , for greasing

Method

  • STEP 1
    Soak the mixed fruit, peel & glacé cherries in the brandy over night. Stir a few times to ensure all the fruit soaks up some brandy.
  • STEP 2
    In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients, eggs, suet, apple and orange juice & zest. Then mix in the soaked fruit.
  • STEP 3
    Add the mix to buttered bowls then cover with foil or baking paper.
  • STEP 4
    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.
  • STEP 5
    once cool cover the bowls with a lid or cling film and store in a cool, dry place, For at least a month if possible . Feed the puddings with more brandy in the run up to Christmas by drizzling it over the top.
  • STEP 6
    To reheat steam for an hour or, if you really must, microwave as necessary. Adding flaming hot brandy is up to you but keep a fire extinguish close to hand.
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