christmas pudding

christmas pudding


note: you will need to prepare this the day before serving it

120g sugar
60 ml vegetable oil
2 tsp mixed spice
300 ml apple juice
250g mixed dried fruit
200g breadcrumbs
1 egg, whisked
100g Self-raising flour

serve with 100 ml whipping cream, whipped


Warm the apple juice in a pan and then add the mixed fruit and leave to soak and cool.

Heat the sugar with 1 tablespoon of water in a heavy based saucepan, stirring until it darkens to a rich medium nut brown colour. Pour this into the pan or bowl with your fruit. This will harden into toffee and may sizzle, so you will have a lump of toffee in some liquid, but do not panic, after about 20-30 mins cooling time, by stirring, you will be able to re incorporate this back into a liquid consistency.

Combine this fruit and sugar mix with all the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, stirring well.

Pour into a greased 5.5 to 6.5 inch pudding basin, made of microwave safe plastic, glass or pyrex. This mix can then be microwaved, on full power for 2 sets of 3 minutes with a standing time of 3 minutes in the middle. If after the pudding has rested for a further 5 minutes it isn't set, you can add another 2 minutes. Alternatively you can steam it on your hob for approximately 2 hrs or in your slow cooker on low for approximately 6 hours. The end result will not have a runny centre, so aim for a set texture, but still dark and glossy and moist.