Little Christmas puddings
- 1 1/4 cup (200g) sultanas
- 1 1/3 cup (200g) raisins
- 2/3 cup (100g) mixed peel
- 3/4 cup (100g) dried cranberries
- 1 cup (220g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 250 gram butter, chopped
- 2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
- 2 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
- 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
- 1/3 cup (80ml) orange juice
- 1 1/3 cup (330ml) guinness
- 3/4 cup (110g) self-raising flour
- 2 1/2 cup (175g) stale breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 large (200g) green apple, peeled, grated
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup (125ml) brandy
- 250 gram (8oz) butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup (240g) icing sugar
- 1/3 cup (80ml) brandy
- 60 gram (2oz) butter
- 2 tablespoon plain flour
- 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (125ml) pouring cream
- 1/4 cup (60ml) brandy
Little Christmas puddings
- 1Combine dried fruit, sugar, butter, rinds, juices and Guinness in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high (100%) about 4 minutes, or until butter is melted and liquid is hot. Cool.
- 2Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease 8 x 3/4-cup (180ml) ovenproof dishes.
- 3Stir flour, breadcrumbs, spice and apple into fruit mixture; stir in eggs and brandy until combined.
- 4Spoon mixture into prepared dishes. Cover each dish with a piece of baking paper, then 2 sheets of foil. Secure with string; fold foil up over string to ensure it doesn't touch the water during cooking.
- 5Place dishes in a large baking dish. Pour enough boiling water into baking dish to come halfway up side of dishes. Bake 3 hours. Turn oven off; leave puddings to stand in oven 15 minutes.
- 6Meanwhile, make brandy butter and brandy sauce. For the brandy butter, beat butter and sifted icing sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add brandy; beat until combined. Spoon into a serving bowl.
- 7To make brandy sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour until combined. Whisk in sugar, then gradually whisk in milk and cream until smooth. Whisk over medium heat until the mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat; stir in brandy. Pour into a jug.
- 8As soon as the brandy sauce is finished, turn puddings out; serve hot with brandy butter and sauce.
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