Recipe serves: 6-7 | Cooking Time: 05 Hours
125g wheat flour
125g fresh breadcrumbs
3 eggs, beaten
1 apple, peeled, cored and grated
85g brown sugar
75g almonds, chopped
50g preserved stem ginger in syrup, chopped
2 tablespoon ground almonds
60g walnuts, chopped
75g glacé cherries, halved
50g dried currants
100g candied mixed fruit peel, chopped
4 plums, chopped
1 lemon juice and zest
1 ½ teaspoons mixed spice
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup golden syrup
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, eggs, golden syrup, apple, brown sugar, chopped almonds, stem ginger, ground almonds, cherries, sultanas, currants, mixed peel, plums, lemon juice and zest, mixed spice and baking powder.
2. If you have used more dried fruit than fresh, add a little extra golden syrup to make the mixture less stiff.
3. Grease 2 large or 4 small pudding molds. Fill with pudding mixture about 7/8 full. Cover tightly with greased greaseproof paper, then aluminum foil and secure with string. Stand pudding on a trivet in a large pot of boiling water that reaches halfway up the sides of the pudding mold. Steam puddings over medium-low heat in boiling water- 10 hours for large puddings, 5 hours for small puddings, topping off water regularly until quite firm and set.
4. If not serving immediately, let it cool completely. Then, replace covers with fresh greaseproof paper and foil and store in a cool and dry place, basting from time to time with rum or brandy, for up to 3 months. To serve, re-heat by steaming 2 to 3 hours