Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

  • serves 8
  • A little effort

This fruit-packed Christmas pudding gets an extra flavour boost from stout. There's no pre-soaking of ingredients involved so it's an easy simple recipe to make for a celebration with friends and family. Serve with custard or brandy butter.

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Ingredients

  • white breadcrumbs 200g (preferably made from slightly old bread)
  • mixed dried fruit 200g
  • soft light brown sugar 200g
  • suet (beef or vegetable) 200g
  • self-raising flour 100g
  • ground almonds 100g
  • mixed spice 1 tsp
  • ground nutmeg 2 tsp
  • carrot 1, grated
  • eggs 2, whisked
  • stout or beer  a splash

Method

  • Step 1

    Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir. Add some beer if it seems too stiff and get every member of the family to give it a stir and make a wish before you put it into a 1-litre pudding basin. Cover the top with a double layer of greaseproof paper and tie round the edge with string. Put on a trivet in a pan with water in the bottom, cover and steam for 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours (insert a knife; it should come out not too sticky). Cool and store in a cold, dark place until christmas.

  • Step 2

    To finish cooking, steam for 30 minutes and serve with custard or brandy butter.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 610
  • Fat 31.6g
  • Saturates 11.1g
  • Carbs 76.7g
  • Fibre 2.8g
  • Protein 9.3g
  • Salt 0.72g
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