Christmas Pudding
Fruity, rich, moist, spiced figgy pudding. Vegan and free from refined sugars.
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
Gather
  • 400 g dried fruit (we used equal amounts of figs, apricots and raisins)
  • 100 ml liquid (alcohol, juice or tea) (we used 80ml earl grey tea & 20ml orange juice)
  • 75 g coconut sugar (or other brown sugar)
  • 50 g breadcrumbs (sweet or savoury) (gluten free if required)
  • 75 g plain flour (gluten free if required)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut nectar (or molasses/treacle/date syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (gluten free if required)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • large pinch ground ginger
  • small pinch ground cloves
  • small pinch salt
  • *25 g pecans (optional) or other nuts
Prepare
  1. Chop the fruit into bite size pieces if necessary, then place in a large bowl and pour the liquid over it. Mix together and leave to soak for at least fifteen minutes.
  2. Put half to two-thirds of the fruit mixture in a food processor and blend until you have a rough paste. Mix the paste with the remaining fruit and liquid.
  3. Add the sugar, breadcrumbs, flour, nectar, baking powder, nutmeg, mixed spice, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt and mix well. (It might be easier to use your hands)!
  4. Stir the pecans through if using and any other additions (citrus zest, glace cherries, other nuts, lucky charm!)
  5. Grease a large pudding basin, then cut a circle of greaseproof paper and stick to the bottom of the basin.
  6. Pack the basin with the mixture and press it down well. Cover with another circle of greaseproof paper.
  7. Next, get a piece of baking paper and a piece of foil slightly larger than the top of the basin. Make a fold in each (to allow for expansion/venting) then put the greaseproof paper on the basin first.

  8.  Cover the greaseproof paper with the folded foil. 

  9. Secure both the greaseproof paper and the foil with a piece of string or an elastic band.

  10. Find a large enough saucepan and add the pudding. Carefully pour boiling water half way up the basin (not touching the foil), turn the heat on low, and put a lid on the pan. Cook for three hours checking the water level (and adding to it) regularly (I'd check it every 15-20 minutes).
  11. Turn off the heat and allow the water to cool. Remove the pudding, unwrap and turn out upside down. Eat immediately or wrap in greaseproof paper and foil and save for later.
  12. Enjoy.
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