Monday, December 29, 2008

For the older generation Christmas is never complete without a traditional Christmas pudding usually steamed and eaten hot ,topped liquor flavoured custard, this is a traditionally steamed pudding and must try............

CHRISTMAS PUDDING

YOU NEED

Dates 1/2 cup (chopped)

Raisins 1/2 cup (chopped)

Prunes 1/2 cup (chopped)

Apricot 1/2 cup (chopped)

Flour 1 cup

Baking powder 2 tsp

Cinnamon, Cloves and Cardamon 2 tsp (powdered)

Butter 1/2 cup

Brown Sugar 1/2 cup

Bread crumbs 2 cups ( fresh)

Eggs 3 nos

Apple 1 nos grated

Brandy or Rum 1/2 cup

Golden syrup 3 tbsp

Pinch of salt

DO IT

-Combine the dates, raisins, apricot and prunes with the brandy and let it stand overnight.

-Sift flour, baking powder, the spice powder in a bowl, grate the butter and add mixing gently with finger tips.

-Add the sugar, bread crumbs,grated apple, golden syrup.eggs and mix well, add the dry fruits mixture also and mix well.

-I used a pressure cooker so keep this ready with sufficient water and a base to keep the pudding container on the base.

-Spoon the entire mixture into a well greased and side lined pudding basin and cover with a butter paper, tie this well with a wet string so that no water or steam enters the mixture.

-Place in the cooker without gasket and weight.

-Let it boil moderately for 1 hour, keep checking the water level.

-Remove and check, cool for 15-20 Min's before turning it out.

- Prepare a creamy Rum custard and serve it hot.

-The same kept refrigerated can be kept till New Year, is that not yummy.....................

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