Easy Tasty Christmas Plum Pudding / Steamed Fruit Cake Recipe

Easy Tasty Christmas Plum Pudding / Steamed Fruit Cake Recipe
• 2 ½ cups mixed dried fruits
• 1 cup chopped dates
• ¼ cup chopped glacé cherries
• 1 green apple peeled, cored and grated
• 2 eggs lightly beaten
• ¼ cup rum (brandy or sherry)
• 125g butter chopped
• 1 cup brown sugar / raw sugar
• ½ cup water
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 2 tsp mixed spice
• 1 cup self-raising flour
• 2 cups white bread crumbs
• 1 tbsp orange rind (optional)
• 2 tbsp golden syrup
• Cooking spray
• Boiling water
• Baking tray
• Pudding steamer

1. Preaheat oven 160 degrees fan forced or normal oven at 180 degrees.
2. Lightly grease your pudding steamer and put a little baking paper on base and spray it again, and spray the lid as well.
3. Put a pan on medium heat and add your mixed fruits, cherries, dates, sugar, butter, rum, water and golden syrup.
4. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
5. Turn heat off, and add your baking soda and mix well.
6. Cool it for 10 minutes or 15 to 20 minutes if possible.
7. Add your beaten eggs and mix it quickly just in case there is still some warmth in the fruits which could end up scrambling the eggs.
8. Add in your grated apples, orange rind and mixed spice, stir to combine.
9. Now add bread crumbs, and self-raising flour.
10. Mix well and pour it into your greased pudding steamer and flatten up the top.
11. Put your lid on and add your boiling water to the baking tray until it comes half way up the pudding steamer.
12. Carefully put it in the oven and bake it for 1 hour 30 minutes (don’t forget to keep an eye on the water level, top it up if necessary).
13. Take it out of the oven carefully, and place the pudding steamer on a plate and let it rest for 10 minutes before opening.
14. Loosen up the sides of the pudding with a spatula, put a plate on top and invert the pudding onto the plate.
15. Serve it with custard, cream or ice cream.
16. Enjoy.

• To let the mixture cool down quicker, fill up a bigger pot or your kitchen sink with some cold water and put your pot in it and keep stirring for a few minutes.
• Pudding can be made 1 month ahead, wrapped properly and kept in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, warm it up in the microwave and enjoy it with ice cream or custard.
• Pudding will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 months
• To make bread crumbs, take some slices of white bread, take the crust off and process it in the food processor/blender until its nice and fine. Leftover bread crumbs can be store in the freezer in a snap bag for later.

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