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Gluten-free doesn't have to mean you can't enjoy the Christmas classics. Here’s a great version of the all time classic Christmas pudding and it’s packed with nuts and fruit and sugar free! Fantastic. Have a wonderful Xmas.
50g (2oz) raisins
25g (1oz) sultanas
25g (1oz) dried cherries, halved
25g (1oz) prunes, chopped
25g (1oz) dried apricots, chopped
25g (1oz) dried dates or figs, chopped
25g (1oz) dried cranberries
1/2 large orange, grated rind and juice
1/2 large lemon, grated rind and juice
1/2 Bramley cooking apple, skin on, chopped finely in a food processor
15g (1/2 oz) fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
1/4tsp ground mace
1/2tsp ground nutmeg
25g (1oz) flaked almonds or pine nuts
50g (2oz) grams of Gluten free plain flour
75ml brandy or extra fruit juice, or a combination of the two
Ladleful of brandy or whisky for flaming
Mix all the fruits with the spices and nuts, and flour in a large bowl. Mix in the egg and brandy or fruit juices. Stir thoroughly. Spoon into a bowl big enough to be able to leave approx 3cm/1 inch space at the top. Cover with a double thickness of nonstick baking paper and secure with rubber bands or string.
Put in a large saucepan with water 2/3 of the way up the bowl. Bring to a gentle boil, cover the pan and steam for 2-3 hours. Remove from the pan, replace the baking paper with fresh, and store in a cool place till needed.
To serve, either re-steam for 2 hours or heat in a microwave (good but not quite as good as steaming) for 2-3 minutes. Warm a ladleful of brandy over the heat, pour over the pudding and light.