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Eve's Christmas pud

  • 200g plain flour
  • 400g sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 200g raisins
  • 250g currants
  • 250g sultanas
  • 200g cherries, soaked in brandy for 1 month, chopped finely
  • 6 eggs
  • Grease four 600ml pudding basins.
  • Mix flour, sugar, salt and spices. In a separate bowl, mix fruit together. Add fruit to flour and mix well.
  • Add eggs and beat well. Add enough fruit juice, or brandy, or milk until a dropping consistency is achieved.
  • Put into greased basins then cover with a disc of greaseproof paper and baking foil, then steam until a wooden skewer or kebab stick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the pudding.
  • On Christmas day steam for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or put into a microwave for 3 minutes.