This is a wonderful recipe for a delicious, rich and fruity Christmas Pudding. It is easy to make, using Fate Low Protein Cake Mix, and unlike traditional puddings doesn’t take hours to cook- it can be made and eaten straight away. The puddings freeze well. Just defrost and reheat in the oven or microwave until hot.
100g finely chopped apple, preferably Cox’s orange pippin
150g mixed dried fruit
1 tsp ground mixed spice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2-3 large oranges
50g soft margarine
250g (1 packet) Fate Low Protein Cake Mix
few drops gravy browning
Preheat the oven Gas 5, 190°C, 375°F.
Place the finely chopped apple, currants, dried fruit, mixed spice and cinnamon into a mixing bowl. Grate the rind from 2 of the oranges and 1 of the lemons. Add this to the bowl. Squeeze the juice from the oranges, and measure 150ml of juice. Then squeeze the lemons and measure 50ml of juice. Add this to the bowl. Stir to blend well. Leave to rest for 5 mins.
Add the soft margarine and then add the packet of Fate cake mix. Stir well for about 1 minute until the mixture is all well blended together. Stir in a few drops of browning to give a rich dark colour.
Leave for another 5 mins to rest.
Meanwhile, grease 6 individual pudding basins about 250ml capacity or one 1 1/2 litre large pudding basin.
Stir the pudding again, and make a wish. Then place the mixture into the pudding basins. Set them into a deep roasting tin. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting tin to come about a third up the sides of the basins.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 35 mins for small ones or 1 hour 15 mins for a large one. About halfway through the cooking time, check they are not browning too much on the top. If needed loosely cover with foil. When cooked, they should be risen and firm.