Mixed Fruit Christmas Pudding

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Mixed Fruit Christmas Pudding
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Difficulty:
easy
Difficulty
Preparation:
20 min.
Preparation
ready in 18 h. 20 min.
Ready in

Ingredients

for
8
Ingredients
1 ½ cups
Golden raisins
cup
cup
¾ cup
chopped Candied peel
0.333 cup
chopped, pitted Prune
cup
dark beer
0.333 cup
2
eggs (beaten)
1 cup
shredded Suet (shortening)
2 cups
¾ cup
1.333 cups
½ teaspoon
grated Nutmeg
½ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon
ground ginger
1 teaspoon
mixed, ground Spices (apple pie spice)
¼ teaspoon
ground Cloves
1
Orange (finely grated zest)
Product recommendation
The wrapped pudding will keep for 3 months in a cool dark cupboard.

Preparation steps

1.
Place all the fruits in a large mixing bowl with the beer and brandy, cover and leave to soak overnight.
2.
Next day, stir in the rest of the ingredients, stirring well to combine.
3.
Spoon into a 1.2 litre (2 1/2 pint) greased pudding basin (leaving room for the pudding to rise) and smooth the top.
4.
Cover with a lid or a double thickness of pleated greaseproof (waxed) paper, then
5.
with a double thickness of pleated foil. Tie securely and place in a large pan.
6.
Pour in boiling water to come about halfway up the basin. Cover the pan and cook for 6 hours, topping up with boiling water as needed. Make sure the water is always gently boiling.
7.
Allow to cool completely in the basin, then wrap in fresh greaseproof (waxed) paper and foil.
8.
Store in a cool, dark place until needed.
9.
To reheat: steam the pudding as above for 2 hours.
10.
Turn out on to a serving plate and decorate with a sprig of holly.