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04.Christmas pudding recipe


Make your own Christmas pudding with this recipe from Pamela Clark, Director of Australian Women's Weekly (AWW) Test Kitchen.

Steamed Christmas pudding

  • 3 cups (450g) chopped mixed
  • dried fruit
  • ¾ cup (180ml) water
  • 1 cup (220g) firmly packed
  • brown sugar
  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • ¾ cup (120g) finely chopped dried
  • seedless dates
  • ¾ cup (120g) finely chopped raisins
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • ¾ cup (110g) plain flour
  • ¾ cup (110g) self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

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1. Combine mixed fruit, water, sugar and butter in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for six minutes. Stir in bicarb soda. Transfer mixture to large bowl; cool to room temperature. 

2. Stir in eggs, chopped fruit, rum and sifted dry ingredients. 

3. Grease a two-litre (eight-cup) pudding steamer; spoon mixture into steamer. Top with pleated baking paper and foil (to allow pudding to expand as it cooks); secure with kitchen string or lid. 

4. Place pudding in large pot with enough boiling water to come halfway up side of steamer. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and boil for four hours, replenishing water as necessary to maintain level. Stand pudding for 10 minutes before turning out onto plate; serve with custard if desired.

Recipe provided by AWW. Photo credit: Ian Wallace; Styling: Louise Pickford.

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