Old-fashioned Christmas pudding

Recipe from: 11/1/1998 12:00:00 AM
Ingredients 21
Servings 24
Time 30 min, plus soak ov

Ingredients

  • 175
    g
    raisins
  • 125
    g
    currants
  • 200
    g
    sultanas
  • 250
    g
    chopped dates
  • 125
    g
    mixed peel
  • 225
    g
    dried apricots, chopped
  • 300
    ml
    Guinness beer
  • 60
    ml
    rum
  • grated rind and juice of a lemon
  • grated rind and juice of an orange
  • 225
    g
    butter, at room temperature
  • 350
    g
    soft brown sugar
  • 1
    green apple, cored and grated
  • 30
    ml
    molasses or treacle
  • 3
    large eggs
  • 125
    g
    self-raising flour
  • 5
    ml
    ground mixed spice
  • 10
    ml
    ground cinnamon
  • 2
    ml
    freshly grated nutmeg
  • 10
    ml
    ground ginger
  • 225
    g
    fresh white breadcrumbs
 

Method

4 hrs
 
Place the raisins, currants, sultantas, dates, mixed peel and apricots into a large mixing bowl. Pour over the beer, rum, lemon rind and juice, and the orange rind and juice. Cover the bowl and set aside to soak overnight. Cream together the butter and sugar until light. Stir in the grated apple and molasses. Beat the eggs in one by one, adding 15 ml self-raising flour to help prevent the mixture from curdling. Fold in the remaining flour and spices. Add the breadcrumbs and gently fold mixture together. Stir in soaked fruit, then all make your wishes. Grease and line 2 x 1 kg pudding basins or 4 x 500 g pudding basins. Spoon in the mixture. Cut round lids out of doubled greaseproof paper, allowing a little overhang. Fold a 1 cm pleat down the centres of the greaseproof circles and cover basins, tying in place with string under rim. Pleat a piece of foil or muslin in the same way and secure over basins. Steam for 4 hours, topping up with boiling water as required, or cook in a pressure cooker for 2 hours. Store pudding until needed, then steam for a further 2-4 hours, or 2 hours in a pressure cooker. Serves: 24 Preparation time: 30 minutes plus soaking overnight Cooking time: 4 hours, plus reheating
 

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