Ann’s Microwave Christmas Pud
This amount makes a One pint (550ml) Christmas pud
Note: Stage 1 needs to be done the day before yu wan to make this pudding
Ingredients in order of addition:
48g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Mixed Spice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
pinch of Salt
48g Real Breadcrumbs (I prefer to use wheat-meal bread to make my breadcrumbs)
48g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
48g Butter (cut small)
90g Sultanas (soaked – see step 1)
90g Raisins (soaked – see step 1)
1/2 Apple (chopped finely)
24g Dried Apricots (chopped finely) if you like mixed peel you could add this instead – I don’t.
24g Honey (or you can use golden syrup)
Juice and grated rind of half a Lemon
1 – 2 tablespoons Milk – as required.
Step 1 THE DAY BEFORE – Wash the Sultanas and Raisins under hot water until the oil floats off – drain well, even pat dry with paper-towels. Then put in large shallow bowl, pour in about a teacup of wine or ale or fruit juice – if you don’t want alcohol (juice not flavoured drink – preferably not orange – cranberry could work well for this) Cover – but stir whenever you are passing – so the fruit all plumps up 🙂
I am assuming you will make your breadcrumbs – it’s easy enough, just make sure the loaf is not too fresh,remove crusts, cut into chunks and whizz in a food-processor.
Step 2 In a bowl mix all the ingredients in the list down to the butter.
Step 3 Add the butter – and rub in, until the mixture all looks like breadcrumbs again and the butter is evenly distributed.
Step 4 Add the soaked fruit, the chopped apples and apricots, the honey and the lemon. Stir in well together.
Step 5 Add the egg, mix really well – stirring until the egg completely coats everything.
Step 6 The mixture needs to be soft, so that the ingredients blend together. This is so hard to describe – but the gradual addition of a little milk, well mixed in, should see the texture change from a rough, lumpy texture to a smoother texture – but not wet!
Grease a 1 pint / 550 ml pyrex type pudding bowl
Fill the bowl with the mixture, pushing down to fill any air pockets
Make a slight dip in the centre of the pudding
Cover with a plate or a microwave plate cover with a steam vent is best (I do not recommend cling film)
Place in Microwave. A 900-1000 w MW will only need 6 mins – and 6 mins standing time.
therefore a 700-800 w MW will need about 7 mins – and 6 mins standing time.
They will keep well overnight in the fridge (or outside it in a cool room)
If you are reheating from cold it will need about 3 – 4 mins (cover again to do this)
Loosen with a pliable spatula, place a plate on the top, invert, and the pudding should come out nicely.
ENJOY – with Cornish Clotted Cream – of course!!