Christmas pudding

Preparation time:
30 mins plus 15 mins standing time
Cooking time:
1½ hours
Makes:
6 x 1-cup puddings
Rating:
Any combination of your favourite dried and glacé fruit can be used to make these lovely little Christmas puddings.
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Ingredients

400g golden sultanas
200g dried figs, chopped
200g glacé apricots
200g craisins (dried cranberries)
100g glacé red cherries, chopped
Finely grated rind and juice of 2 oranges
180g white chocolate, roughly chopped
250g unsalted butter,grated
3 eggs, whisked
¾ cup Cointreau or triple sec
1 cup caster sugar
1½ cups wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 cup almond meal
3 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp mixed spice

Method

1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line the base of 6 x 1-cup pudding basins with baking paper. Combine sultanas, figs, apricots, craisins, cherries, rind and juice, chocolate and butter in a large bowl. Add eggs, Cointreau and sugar and stir until well combined.

2. Stir through breadcrumbs, almond meal and spices. Spoon into prepared basins. Smooth tops of puddings with the back of a wet spoon, and cover each with a circle of baking paper. Cut 6 x 15cm squares of baking paper and foil. Lay foil on top of paper and make a pleat in the centre.

3. Put paper side on top of each pudding, then tie around rims with string to secure. Put puddings in a large roasting pan and pour enough hot water into pan to come halfway up sides of pudding basins. Bake for 1¼-1½ hours or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Remove from water and stand for 15 minutes before turning out, or leave to cool completely before storing.


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