Plum pudding

Based on a family recipe from my aunt and waaaaay too good to have only at Christmas time!  🙂  Modified slightly to be dairy free, a bit more spicy and extra-moist.

Approx. 500 g sultanas, raisins and currents (or any mix thereof), with added dates (cca. 200 g) and preserved ginger if desired

Put dried fruit into large saucepan with:

0.5 cups water

0.5 cups brown sugar

2 oz. / 55 g coconut fat (was butter)

0.5 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp mixed spice

pinch ground cloves

Cool well then add 0.5 tsp bicarb soda and mix.  Add:

0.5 cup spirits (rum, brandy …) [or vanilla or lemon essence]

1 beaten egg

0.5 cups plain flour (wholemeal works fine)

0.5 cups self-raising flour

1 large or 2 small grated apples

Pour into greased basin and steam for 3 hours, being careful not to let it boil dry.