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Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 6

Cook Time : 6

Total Time : 12

Ingredients

Serves

  • 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

Directions

  • 01

    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.

  • 02

    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.

  • 03

    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.

  • 04

    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.

  • 05

    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.

  • 06

    Serve pudding with ice-cream, orange butter and candied orange, if desired.

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