Gluten-free Christmas pudding

Gluten Free Christmas Pudding

Serves 10-12

  • 150 g currants

  • 110 g sour cherries

  • 100 g raisins

  • 50 g chopped dates

  • the grated zest and juice of 1 lime

  • the grated zest and juice of 1/2 orange

  • 50 g mixed peel

  • 75 ml Assam tea, cold (or earl grey if you prefer)

  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

  • 2 1/2 tbsp brandy

  • 170 g soft dark brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup

  • 1/2 large cooking apple, grated

  • 50 g toasted almonds, chopped

  • 25 g rice flour

  • 25 g cornflour

  • 110 g fresh gluten-free breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder

  • 110 g gluten-free suet

  • 2 large free-range eggs, beaten

  • 1 large free-range egg yolk, beaten

  • butter, for greasing

Recipe by Jennifer McLaughlin



This recipe either makes one large or two little puddings. If you have problems finding gluten-free suet, you can get it online. You can make this pudding well ahead of time. In fact, 25 November is Stir-Up Sunday, the traditional day to make Christmas puddings.




1. In a large bowl combine the dried fruits, zests and mixed peel, then add the citrus juice, cold tea, spices and brandy, and leave overnight for the flavours to develop.



2. The following day, add the sugar, golden syrup, apple and almonds.



3. In a clean bowl, place the rice flour, cornflour, breadcrumbs, baking powder, suet and a pinch of salt. Add in the beaten eggs until you have a smooth mix, then stir into the fruit.



4. Grease a 1-litre pudding basin and pour in the pudding mixture until it's ⅔ full. Cover the top with a circle of greaseproof paper, then with 2 pieces of foil and secure with string.



5. Place an upturned saucer into the base of a deep saucepan. Sit the pudding on top of the saucer, and carefully pour in boiling water to come halfway up the pudding dish. Put the lid on and steam for 8 hours, topping up with water as needed – always keep it halfway up the basin.



6. Once steamed, remove the pudding from the pan, carefully turn it upside down and lift off the basin. Decorate as you like and serve with brandy cream, custard or ice cream.



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Nutritional Information

Gluten-free Christmas pudding

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It may seem impossible, but gluten-free Christmas pudding is easy and great to make ahead of the day. If you struggle to find gluten-free suet, try online
Serves 10-12
30m (plus 8 hours cooking time)
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Recipe by Jennifer McLaughlin

This recipe either makes one large or two little puddings. If you have problems finding gluten-free suet, you can get it online. You can make this pudding well ahead of time. In fact, 25 November is Stir-Up Sunday, the traditional day to make Christmas puddings.


1. In a large bowl combine the dried fruits, zests and mixed peel, then add the citrus juice, cold tea, spices and brandy, and leave overnight for the flavours to develop.

2. The following day, add the sugar, golden syrup, apple and almonds.

3. In a clean bowl, place the rice flour, cornflour, breadcrumbs, baking powder, suet and a pinch of salt. Add in the beaten eggs until you have a smooth mix, then stir into the fruit.

4. Grease a 1-litre pudding basin and pour in the pudding mixture until it's ⅔ full. Cover the top with a circle of greaseproof paper, then with 2 pieces of foil and secure with string.

5. Place an upturned saucer into the base of a deep saucepan. Sit the pudding on top of the saucer, and carefully pour in boiling water to come halfway up the pudding dish. Put the lid on and steam for 8 hours, topping up with water as needed – always keep it halfway up the basin.

6. Once steamed, remove the pudding from the pan, carefully turn it upside down and lift off the basin. Decorate as you like and serve with brandy cream, custard or ice cream.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 375
    19%
  • Carbs 52.1g
    20%
  • Sugar 42.4g 47%
  • Fat 15.5g 22%
  • Saturates 5.9g 30%
  • Protein 4.3g 10%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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