TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PUDDING
Nothing beats a traditional Christmas pudding with warm custard on top - Don’t forget yours!
for 8 to 10 servings
375g pkt SUNBEAM Mixed Dried Fruit
Medjool Dates, finely chopped
100g ANGAS PARK
Dried Figs, finely chopped
1/2 cup brandy or rum
2 tsps grated lemon rind
2 tsps grated orange rind
1 green apple, grated
250g butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup maple or golden syrup
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup self raising flour
2 tsps mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 ½ cups soft white breadcrumbs
110g whole blanched almonds
Brandy, extra for flambéing, if desired Custard or Ice cream for serving
Combine the fruit, brandy, rind and apple in a microwave-safe bowl and mix well. Cover then microwave on 100% power for 2-3 minutes or until plumped. Allow to cool.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the egg, beating well between each addition. Fold in the sifted flour and spices, fruit mixture, breadcrumbs and almonds, mix well.
Spoon the mixture into a greased and base paper-lined 2-litre capacity pudding basin. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Place on an upturned saucer in the base of a large saucepan or boiler. Pour boiling water into the saucepan so that comes halfway up the sides of the basin. Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and steam for 4 hours, topping up water every 20-30 minutes or as required.
Remove from the basin onto a serving plate, flambé with a little brandy if desired then slice and serve with custard or ice-cream.