Yes, just like Grandma used to make...Takes 3-4 weeks so start now! Perfect to start on a quiet, rainy day when the family is lounging about as the scent fills the room with comfort + joy. This is a ritual that can be done with family, girlfriends, or even small children...each participant should be encouraged to add their good tidings (blessings) for the new year. Started on thanksgiving or the day after it can be eaten on yule (Dec 21st) Christmas(december 25th) or New Years Eve(Dec 31st) or Day(Jan 1st)to add even more meaning. The good wishes you put in are multiplied during the aging process and released when the pudding is resteamed and served.
Start An Old Family Tradition Anew
1/4 lb. flour
1/4 lb. currants
1 tsp. salt
1/4 lb. sultanas (small raisins)
1 tsp. allspice
2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tsp. ginger
1 ounce cut mixed (citrus) peel
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 oz. shredded almonds
pinch fresh grated nutmeg
Juice and grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1/4 lb. fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 lb. molasses (treacle)
1/2 lb. shredded suet
4 large eggs
1/4 lb. brown sugar
2 tbsp. brandy
1/4 lb. dried chopped apricots
1/4 lb. prunes
1/4 lb dates
Sift flour, salt and spices into a large bowl. Stir in breadcrumbs, suet and sugar.
Add fruits, peel and rind. Beat lemon and orange juice, molasses and eggs together and add to other ingredients.
Steam for 6 hours -- a coffee tin filled with the mixture and placed in a steamer in a covered pan does well.
A little vinegar and lemon juice in the water will prevent the pan from discoloration.
After steaming cover in a cool place and let age as long as possible - usually about 3-4 weeks.
To serve, re-steam for another 3 hours. Remove from tin, douse with warm brandy and set it ablaze!
Be sure to always heat the pudding first, or all the warmed brandy in the world won't help. And don't forget the hard sauce!