Traditional Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

Yield: 8 servings

8 oz Currants
4 oz Sultanas
4 oz Raisins
4 oz Chopped candied peel
1 oz Skinned & chopped almonds
4 oz Wholewheat flour
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Grated nutmeg
1/2 ts Ground ginger
1 1/2 ts Mixed spice
8 oz Brown sugar
4 oz Wholewheat breadcrumbs
8 oz Vegetable suet
1 ea Lemon, juice & rind
1 tb Molasses
5 tb Water & rum mixed

Grease a 2 pint pudding basin & use a large saucepan to hold the basin. Wash currants, sultanas & raisins in warm water & pat dry. Put fruit in large bowl with candied peel & almonds. Sift flour, salt & spices into bowl & add sugar, breadcrumbs & suet. Mix well then stir in lemon juice, rind & molasses with enough of the water & rum mixture to make a soft mixture. Turn into the basin, cover with waxed paper & aluminum foil & put basin into pot. Pour enough water into the pot to reach halfway up the side of the basin. Bring to a boil, cover saucepan & let pudding steam gently for 4 hours, watching the water level & topping up with boiling water if necessary. When cooked, cool the pudding & store in a cool dry place for up to 2 months. Before serving, steam pudding again for 3 hours. Turn out onto a serving platter & flame with brandy if you desire.

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