Recipe

Christmas sago pudding

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Christmas sago pudding
  • melted butter, to grease, plus 90 g extra, chopped
  • 1 cup milk or light soy milk, plus 2 tablespoons extra
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pearl sago
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/4 cup soft fresh gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • spiced custard, to serve

Method

Christmas sago pudding
  • 1
    Lightly grease a 1.25-litre (5-cup) pudding basin with melted butter.
  • 2
    Bring milk to the boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add sugar, extra butter, sago, vanilla and mixed spice; mix well. Cover, stand for 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Combine bicarbonate of soda and extra milk in a small jug; stir until bicarbonate of soda dissolves. Add to sago mixture; mix well.
  • 4
    Combine breadcrumbs and dried fruit in a medium bowl. Add sago mixture and egg; mix well. Pour into prepared pudding basin; smooth surface. Cut a piece of baking paper and a piece of foil large enough to cover top of basin and extend over the side. Place foil on top of baking paper, then fold to make a pleat in the centre. Place over pudding basin, foil-side up. Tie firmly with kitchen string to secure.
  • 5
    Place a saucer upside down in a large saucepan. Quarter-fill pan with water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Gently place pudding in water, making sure water reaches about two-thirds up side of basin, Reduce heat to moderately high; cover. Boil, replenishing with boiling water as required, for 2 hours or until a skewer inserted at centre comes out clean. Carefully remove pudding from water. Stand for 15 minutes turning onto a serving plate.

Notes

To make spiced custard, warm bought gluten-free custard with 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

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