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.