My Nan's Christmas pud with vin santo

Before you even think about buying a Christmas pudding, you've got to try this. It's so easy, it won't let you down and it's so much lighter than those heavy old puddings.

Nutritional Information (amount per serving)

Calories
611kcal
Carbs
99.9g
Sugar
74.4g
Fat
17.9g
Saturates
8.4g
Protein
7.9g

Serves 8   Approx time: 195   Difficulty: super easy

Ingredients

  • 500 g mixed dried fruit (such as cranberries, cherries, apricots, sultanas and raisins)
  • 100 g dates, chopped up
  • 3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
  • 125 g suet
  • 1 orange, zest of
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 150 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons vin santo or brandy
  • 1 handful chopped nuts, such as pecans, Brazils or hazelnuts
  • 1 medium free-range egg
  • 150 ml milk
  • golden syrup, to serve
 

Method

Grease a 1.5 litre pudding bowl.

Mix all the ingredients together, except the golden syrup. Put the mixture into the greased bowl and cover with a double layer of aluminium foil. Tie a piece of string round the side of the bowl. Place in a large saucepan with water halfway up the sides of the bowl. Bring the water to the boil, put on a tight-fitting lid, and simmer for 3 hours. (Don't forget to check the water regularly, making sure that it never boils dry, because if it does, it will burn and the bowl will crack.)

When it's ready, remove the foil, turn out on to a plate, drizzle with golden syrup and decorate it as you like. You can also light it with brandy if you want to be really fancy.

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