This gluten free Christmas pudding recipe is also wheat-free, yeast-free, and egg-free. Chop all fruit a similar size to the sultanas. Use orange juice instead of brandy, if you like.
Stir fruit, nuts, the water, sugar, butter, brandy and golden syrup in large saucepan over low heat until spread melts. Transfer mixture to large heatproof bowl; cool.
Grease 2.25-litre (9-cup) pudding steamer; line base with baking paper.
Stir sifted dry ingredients and almond meal into fruit mixture. Spoon mixture into steamer, cover pudding with greased foil; secure with lid or kitchen string.
Place steamer in large saucepan with enough boiling water to come halfway up side of steamer; simmer, covered, about 6 hours, replenishing water as necessary to maintain level. Stand in steamer 10 minutes before turning pudding out.
Cut holly leaves from lightweight card; bend gently to shape.Note