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For a real show-stopper try this sensational Christmas pudding served with ice-cream, homemade orange butter and candied orange.
Preparation Time : 6
Cook Time : 6
Total Time : 12
800g mixed dried fruit
1/2 cup (70g) slivered almonds
1 tablespoon orange rind, finely grated
1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
1/2 cup (125ml) orange-flavoured liqueur or orange juice, extra
250g butter, softened
3/4 cup (165g) dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons mixed spice
4 Coles Brand Australian free range eggs
3 cups (210g) fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old bread)
1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
Vanilla ice-cream, to serve
Candied orange (optional, *see notes), to serve
Place mixed fruit, almonds and orange rind in a large bowl. Bring orange juice and liqueur to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat. Pour over mixture. Cover and place in the fridge overnight to soak.
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and mixed spice in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add to the fruit mixture and combine. Stir in the breadcrumbs and flour.
Grease a 2L (8 cup) pudding basin. Line base with a disc of baking paper. Dust sides with flour. Spoon in mixture. Smooth the surface. Cut a 30cm square of baking paper and foil. Place paper on top of foil. Fold the centre to pleat. Place over basin, foil-side up. Use a lid or tie string twice around the top to secure. Scrunch paper and foil tightly around the rim of the basin.
Place an upturned heatproof saucer in the base of a large saucepan. Place the pudding basin on saucer in the pan. Add enough boiling water to the pan to come halfway up side of the basin. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, covered, adding more boiling water as necessary, for 6 hours or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Set aside for 10 mins before turning on a serving plate.
To make orange butter, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add liqueur or orange juice, orange rind and mixed spice and beat until well combined.
Serve pudding with ice-cream, orange butter and candied orange, if desired.
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