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    Classic Christmas pudding

    • Preparation time: 30 minutes + overnight soaking
    • Cooking time: 4 hours + 2 hours reheating
    • Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes + overnight soaking and 2 hours reheating

    Serves: 6

    Ingredients

    125g dried mixed fruit
    150g currants
    150g raisins
    150g sultanas
    20g stem ginger in syrup, drained and finely chopped
    1 orange, zest and juice
    1 lime, zest and juice
    5 tbsp Calvados or brandy
    115g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
    115g dark muscovado sugar
    2 tsp ground mixed spice
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp ground ginger
    115g self-raising flour
    100g fresh breadcrumbs
    2 British Blacktail Medium Free Range Eggs, beaten
    2 tbsp milk 

    Method

    1. Mix together all the dried fruit, stem ginger, citrus zests and juice, and the Calvados or brandy in a large bowl. Cover and leave overnight.

    2. Grease a 1.2 litre pudding basin with butter and place a small circle of baking parchment in the base. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then mix in the spices, flour and breadcrumbs. Add the eggs and milk, then the fruit mixture and any soaking liquid.

    3. Spoon the mixture into the basin to 1cm below the rim. Cover with a double layer of greased baking parchment followed by a large piece of foil. Tie loosely around the rim with string so that there is room for the pudding to expand. Put the basin in a steamer, or a saucepan with
    an up-turned heatproof saucer on the base. Add boiling water to come two-thirds of the way up the sides of the basin. Cover the pan with
    a tight-fitting lid and simmer for 4 hours. Keep the water bubbling throughout and top up with extra boiling water as necessary.

    4. Remove from the pan, cool, then wrap in fresh baking parchment and foil. Store for up to 3 months in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator. When needed, reheat by steaming the pudding in the same way as above, for about 2 hours, until piping hot.

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    Make it gluten free
    Use Doves Farm Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour and breadcrumbs from a gluten-free loaf and add 2 tbsp extra milk or water at the end of step 2 to loosen the mixture. 

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