Recipe

Orange and dark chocolate Christmas pudding

The addition of rich dark chocolate and fresh, zesty orange puts a decadent twist on the classic steamed Christmas pudding. Serve warm with a drizzle of custard or cream for a delicious dessert.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 4 hrs 30 mins cooking
  • 8 hrs marinating
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

Orange and dark chocolate Christmas pudding
  • 1 kilogram mixed fruit
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • 200 gram unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted macadamias, chopped
  • 100 gram dark chocolate, chopped
  • orange zest, chopped, dark chocolate, extra, to decorate
Orange marmalade syrup
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon water

Method

Orange and dark chocolate Christmas pudding
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C. Lightly grease an 8-cup pudding basin. Line base with a small round of baking paper.
  • 2
    In a large non-metallic bowl, combine mixed fruit, orange juice and orange liqueur. Set aside, covered overnight.
  • 3
    In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar together until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at the time, beating well after each. Fold in flour, mixed fruit and liquid, macadamias and dark chocolate.
  • 4
    Spoon mixture into basin smoothing top. Cover with a layer of baking paper and foil. Secure with lid or kitchen string. Place pudding in a large saucepan, carefully in enough boiling water to come half way up the sides of basin. Bring to the boil covered on medium. Cook for 4 to 4 ½ hours until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Set aside 10 minutes. Remove the lid, turn out pudding.
  • 5
    To make marmalade syrup; in a small saucepan bring orange marmalade and water to simmer, stirring. Cool. Drizzle over pudding, top with extra chopped chocolate and orange zest. Serve with custard or cream.

Notes

We used a mix of dried raisins, sultanas, currents, mixed peel, cranberries. If making ahead reheat pudding for 2 hours using the same method.

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