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Connect Health & Community's communications volunteer, Leesa, loves every part Christmas. Christmas cooking is no exception. This week, she shares her famed plum pudding recipe. Enjoy.
This is my favourite plum pudding. I make it every year and love seeing family and friends enjoy it. I hope your family enjoys it too!
You can start cooking now, or wait until closer to Christmas, but you will need to get it going at least 2 weeks before Christmas.
If you prefer Ice Cream Christmas Pudding, check out my recipe for Ice Cream Christmas Pudding here.
1 kg mixed fruit
250g glace cherries
250g chopped dates
1 cup rum
5 cups plain flour
3 cups brown sugar
20g mix spice
Slow cooker, wooden spoon, large bowl
About two weeks out from Christmas, place the chopped nuts, mixed fruit, glace cherries, dates chopped and 1 cup of rum into a big bowl and mixed it all into the rum. Once a day give the mixture a stir with a spoon, until the day before Christmas.
On the day before Christmas cream sugar and butter together and beat in 2 eggs at time.
Fold the flour and spice into the mixture of the butter, sugar and eggs.
Then add the fruit and nuts in the mixture.
Boil a one metre square (1m2) of bleached calico, then spread the calico out on a bench and sprinkle with flour.
Empty pudding mixture into the centre of the calico and then tie the cloth securely allowing some room for the pudding to rise.
When you have done that, pour the boiling water into the slow cooker.
(If your slow cooker bowl is a ceramic one, it is wise to warm up the bowl with some warm water so you don’t crack the bowl, then tip the water out before adding the plum pudding then add boiling water into the warm ceramic bowl of the slow cooker.)
Cook for 2 hrs on High and 2 hrs on Low.
Drain the water off when it is cooked and let it cool in the cooker.
Serve with hot custard, cream, ice-cream or all of it. This recipe will serve up to 12 people.
Top Tip: Just don’t get tipsy when you’re making the plum pudding like my Nan did every Christmas. In the end, she couldn’t make the plum pudding!
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