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Grandma Allan's Christmas Pudding

     

This recipe came from my mother's mother and I am not sure where she got it from, but we have cooked it ever since I can remember. It will easily serve 10 - 12 and the smaller one means we can have one later as we put it in the freezer, you can even keep it for Christmas in July.

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups plain flour
1 1/2 Cups breadcrumbs from day old bread any type
1 250g packet of suet or 250g grated suet
250g each of sultanas, raisins and currants or any other combination of dried fruit you like to equal 750g
1 Tablespoon mixed spice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 Cup brown sugar lightly packed
1/2 Cup slivered almonds
1 large carrot grated
6 eggs
1/2 Cup of rum, brandy or any of your choice, grand marnier or I used amaretto this year

Method

Soak the fruit in the alcohol for at least one week before cooking puddings, give it a shake every day

Sift flour and spices together, lightly add and mix suet and breadcrumbs, spices and salt into a large bowl

Mix eggs and sugar together till light and creamy

Add the fruit and almonds to the dry mix and toss together so fruit is well covered with the flour, add the egg mix and stir gently together, all the members of the family present should have a stir and a make a wish.

Pour into 2 lightly greased pudding bowls, I use a eight cup and four cup bowl but whatever you have which will fit into your largest saucepans to cook. will do, you might just need to make in batches.

Cover with greaseproof paper lightly buttered and foil and tie with string to make a handle and secure paper and foil cover.

Put in a saucepan with an upturned saucer on the bottom.

Fill 2/3 full with water and boil for 3 hours or 2 hours if a smaller pudding bowl is used.

I like to cook about a week before needing whilst still warm slurp over some more of the alcohol you used to to soak fruit in, recover with gladwrap and leave in fridge till needed.

On the day of serving slurp over more alcohol, recover with greaseproof paper and foil and gently boil as before for 1 - 2 hours depending on size, make sure water remains 2/3 full.

Remove from bowl onto serving plate. Heat 1/4 cup of alcohol of choice in microwave, pour over pudding and light. You must sing " We wish you a Merry Christmas" at the same time as lighting the pudding and carrying to the table.

Serve with brandy custard or cream as you prefer.

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