A wholesome Christmas pudding made with sultanas, dates, raisins, apricots and brandy. Served with brandy butter, rum sauce or homemade custard.
Recipe Cook Time : 1 Hour 30 Minutes + Boiling Time
Servings : 6 adults
Ingredients : 100 gms sultanas, 100 gms dates (coarsely chopped), 80 gms raisins, 80 gms dried apricots (coarsely chopped), 125 ml brandy, 100 gms butter (softened), 100 gms brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp plain flour, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 100 gms breadcrumbs (from day-old bread with crusts removed), 100 gms pistachio nuts (roughly chopped)
- Place the sultanas, dates, raisins, apricots and brandy in a medium heatproof bowl.
- Cover with a lid or double layer of plastic wrap and cook in a microwave on low/90 watts/10% for 20-30 minutes or until almost all the brandy is absorbed.
- Set aside, covered, for 30 minutes to cool.
- Beat the butter and sugar in a medium bowl until combined. Add the vanilla essence and the eggs, one at a time, beating as you add the eggs.
- Sift the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg over fruit mixture. Add the butter mixture, breadcrumbs and pistachio nuts, and use a wooden spoon to mix until combined. Spoon the mixture into heatproof basins or bowls.
- Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.
- Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary.
- If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before.
- Then let it cool and change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.
To Serve: Steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or homemade custard.