Recipe

Christmas pudding

Rich, fruity and aromatic with brandy, this steamed Christmas pudding is gorgeous served warm with either brandy butter, double cream or vanilla custard.

  • 6 hrs 15 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

Christmas pudding
  • 2 cup (320g) sultanas
  • 1 1/2 cup (225g) coarsely chopped raisins
  • 1 cup (140g) coarsely chopped seeded dried dates
  • 1 cup (190g) coarsely chopped dried figs
  • 1/2 cup (70g) slivered almonds
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) water
  • 1 cup (220g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 185 gram butter
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) brandy
  • 2 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 cup (125g) soya flour
  • 1 cup (150g) rice flour
  • 2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup (120g) almond meal

Method

Christmas pudding
  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    Grease 2.25-litre (9-cup) pudding steamer; line base with baking paper.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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.

Notes

This recipe is gluten-free, 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. Cut holly leaves from lightweight card; bend gently to shape.

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