Christmas Pudding

SUS Stir

 

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be richly rewarded: through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

This prayer, read out on the last Sunday before Advent, would prompt many in the congregation to rush home thinking

‘Stir-up, fruit, Christmas Pudding time!’

This recipe is nice and flexible, allowing you to incorporate your favourite flavours…

Ingredients:

350g dried fruit (sultanas, currants, figs, apricots, cranberries, peel, nuts, etc.)

300ml spirit or liqueur (brandy, rum, port, Cointreau, etc.)

175g fresh breadcrumbs

140g butter (frozen & grated)

40g self raising flour

195g dark brown sugar

1 egg (beaten)

2tsp ground spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mixed)

Method:

  1. Place the fruit and alcohol in a small saucepan, warm gently for 5 minutes then stand for 1 hour.
  2. Tip all ingredients into a large bowl and stir together for 5 minutes.
  3. Butter and line a 1 ltr pudding basin with greaseproof paper, tightly fill with pudding mix.
  4. Cover the basin with a double layer of pleated greaseproof paper and tin foil, secured with string around the rim and across the top as a handle.
  5. Steam for 5-6 hours. Allow to cool, store in a cool dry place, topping up with extra alcohol if you wish!
  6. To serve, steam again for 1 hour to ensure it’s well heated through
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