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Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Cooking Time: 360 minutes.

Prep Time:15 minutes

Recipe By:Maria Raphael


  • Put the mixed fruit into a glass bowl and pour over the sherry and leave to soak for at least 2 hours.
  • Beat together the butter and the brown sugar in a bowl. Beat in the eggs and then fold in the flour.
  • Next, grate the rind of 1/2 the orange and then extract the juice. Grate the rind of the 1/2 of lemon. Add these to the mixture along with the soaked fruit -inc the sherry, almonds, breadcrumbs and the mixed spice.
  • Grease a 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basin and spoon the mixture into it, pack it down well, making sure to leave a gap of 2.5cm at the top. Cut a circle of greaseproof paper which is 3cm larger than the top of the pudding basin, grease and place it over the pudding.
  • Secure the greaseproof round the basin with string and then top with two layers of foil. Place the pudding in a saucepan filled with boiling water which reaches to two thirds up the side of the pudding basin. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6 hours, topping up the water as necessary.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Replace the foil and greaseproof with new and store in the refrigerator for 2-8 weeks. To re-heat steam as before for 2 hours.