Run out of time to make your Christmas pudding? Don’t despair, this one can be made a few days before Christmas, stored in the refrigerator and produced on the important day, and no one would know!
|300 g||luxury mixed fruits|
|25 g||dried cranberries|
|25 g||dried cherries|
|100 ml||zest and juice of 1 orange|
|1 small||cooking apple|
|1 tsp||mixed spice|
|50 g||Muscovado sugar|
|50 g||dark brown sugar|
|25 g||whole hazelnuts, coarsely chopped|
|50 g||blanched almonds, coarsely chopped|
|85 g||gluten free suet|
|85 g||suet from the butcher|
|85 g||a vegetable alternative grated straight from the fridge|
|1 large||egg, beaten|
|1 tbsp||black treacle|
- Make both Panini Rolls into breadcrumbs or 150g of any other Schär bread if preferred.
- Put the mixed fruit, dried cranberries, orange zest, juice and water into a large mixing bowl, microwave on full power for 3 minutes, then leave to soak for 1 hour.
- Pour over the brandy, cover and leave to soak in a cool place for a further 2 hours.
- Add the grated apple, breadcrumbs, mixed spice, sugar and nuts, and mix together with a wooden spoon. Add the suet in 3 batches and stir well after each batch.
- Then, add the egg and treacle and mix again, not forgetting to make your wish!
- Grease a 1.2 litre (2pt) plastic pudding basin. Spoon the mixture into the prepared basin and cover the top with cling film and pierce a few times.
- Cook in the microwave on medium for 10 minutes, stand for 5 minutes then cook on medium for a further 8-10 minutes. If eating immediately, stand for a further 2 minutes or when cold wrap in cling film/foil and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
(Cooking times may vary according to the type of basin and microwave).
- Remove foil and cover lightly with cling film, pierce a few times, then microwave on full power (850 watts) for 3 minutes, allow to stand for 3 minutes, then cook on medium for 5-7 minutes.
- Then leave to stand for a further minute before turning out of the basin (temperature needs to be approximately 65˚C in the centre of the pudding).