righteo you may have noticed the influx of Christmas stuff in the shops over the last month, soon to be followed by a significant increase in junk mail in your letterbox and one day soon you might stop in your tracks and go OMG what are we going to do without Nan's, Mum's (substitute whoever) christmas pudding!!!
So here is a tried n tested recipe, used by me for many years, originally from a tescos christmas cookbook bequeathed to me by a UK returning sister :).
Also suitable for Vegetarians.
Serves 8, but really more cos most people only have a small bit.
175g (6oz) currants
175g (6oz) raisins
100g (4oz) sultanas
juice and grated rind of 1/2 orange
grated rind 1/2 lemon
175g (6oz) fresh brown breadcrumbs
50g (2 oz) slivered blanched almonds
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
50g (2 oz) dark brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
2 tblsp brandy
2 tblsp rum
2 tblsp port
100 g (4oz) butter, melted and cooled.
mix dried fruit, orange and lemon rind, breadcrumbs, nuts, spices and sugar.
whisk together the eggs, juice, booze and butter.
stir two mixtures together, mixing well.
Turn into a 1.2 litre ( 2 pint) buttered pudding basin. ( I line fully with foil instead)
Let stand for an hour.
Cover with foil tightly.
Steam for 7 hours, adding boiling water as needed.
When cooked , allow to cool completely and store in a cool dry place (fridge is good here) or freeze. Use within a year.
To reheat on Christmas, steam for 2 1/2 hrs and serve with your favourite topping like cream, brandy butter or whatever