Traditional Christmas Puddings
PREP: 1 HR | COOK: 6 HRS for Large & 4 HRS for Small | SERVES: Approx. 10
- Combine mixed fruit, raisins, brandy and cranberry sauce in a large bowl. Cover and set aside overnight or for at least 2 hours.
- Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, beat in maple syrup. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Stir butter mixture, sifted self-raising flour and spices, fresh breadcrumbs and almonds into soaked fruit, mixing well.
- Grease a 2 litre and 1 litre capacity pudding basin and a line both the bases with a double layer of baking paper. Fill mixture into the large basin to approximately 3cm from top of basin. Spoon remainder into small basin and smooth tops. Double line each of the tops of the puddings with baking paper rounds.
- Take a 60cm long piece of baking paper and 60cm piece of foil, layer and fold in half, make a 3cm pleat in the middle (this allows for any expansion of the pudding). Place sheets over large pudding and secure tightly with string. Repeat process for small pudding.
- Place wire racks onto the base of a large and a medium saucepan and fill both one third with water and bring to the boil. Carefully place puddings onto wire rack in each saucepan making sure the water level comes about halfway up each pudding basin. Cover and simmer the large pudding 6 hours and the small pudding for 4 hours. Replenish with boiling water when needed.
- Serve with custard or cream with a dash of brandy added.