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............
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
-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.....................