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TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PUDDING

SERVES: 24

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups mixed dried fruits
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
1/2 cup dried prunes, chopped
1/2 cup glace ginger, chopped
zest and juice 2 oranges
zest and juice 1 lemon
1 cup (250ml) water
1/4 cup (60ml) brandy
butter for greasing
1 cup slivered almonds
250g packet suet mix
1 cup grated Spud Lite potato
1/2 cup (110g) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (125ml) golden syrup
2 cups gluten-free self-raising flour, sifted
1 cup (120g) almond meal
1 tablespoon mixed spice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

METHOD

1. Mix and Soak
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dried fruit, ginger, zests and juice, water and brandy. Cover and leave to soak overnight

2. Grease and Create Lid
Grease a 2 litre or 2 x 1 litre pudding basins with butter. Place a side plate upside down into the base of 1-2 deep pots large enough to hold the pudding basins. For the pudding, cut a piece of foil and baking paper to the same size, large enough to generously cover the pudding basin. Place foil down on a clean work surface and cover with sheet of baking paper. Create a pleat in the cente, allowing the pudding to rise during cooking.

3. Mix remanining ingredients
Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture, stirring until well combined. Spoon into prepared pudding basin and place prepared foil cover on top, baking paper side down, with the pleat running across the middle. Using a rubber band or string securely tie the foil top around the pudding basin, just below the lip.

4. Cook pudding
Place pudding into prepared pot on the inverted plate. Pour enough boiling water around the pudding to come halfway up. Cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer over a low heat for 6 hours. Check the water level regularly and refill if required. Remove from pot and allow to cool.

5. Serve or Store
Store pudding in a cool dry place for up to 12 months. To serve, simply repeat the steaming process until pudding is heated through. Turn out onto a serving platter, garnish with summer berries or cherries and serve with brandy sauce.

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