Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Mini Steamed Christmas Puddings
Yes, it's October. And I'm talking about Christmas. But just bear with me for a bit!
Last December, I felt so busy with cooking and preparing for the festive season, that I vowed to be more organised this year - and here we are! Christmas Puddings are perfect to prepare ahead, because they freeze well and the flavour gets even better with time. I prepped these up this week, wrapped them in calico I picked up from Spotlight - and now I have 30+ puddings in my freezer ready for Christmas! I feel so organised!
You can use any dried fruit you like to make up the quantity - tailor it to your taste. This method gives you that steamed texture, but is so much easier than steaming in a saucepan in the calico. So get organised - December is just around the corner!
Grab your dried fruit, eggs and oranges from Charlie's!
Ingredients (makes about 34 mini puddings)
1kg mixed dried fruit
250g dried cranberries
250g dried apricots, chopped
juice and zest of 1 orange
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons Parisian browning essence (optional)
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 cup self-raising flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/160 fan-forced.
Combine dried fruit in a bowl and add brandy and the orange juice. Cover and leave for 2 hours (or up to overnight if you have the time).
Place fruit in a large saucepan and add butter, sugar, orange zest, maple syrup, browning essence and water.
Heat at medium-high, stirring regularly, until butter has melted and sugar dissolved. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Cool slightly. Add dry ingredients then eggs and mix well to combine.
Grease 3 muffin pans with oil. If they are not silicone, place a circle of baking paper in the bottom of each to prevent sticking. Divide mixture between pans. Place each pan in a roasting tray and fill to half-way up muffin pans with boiling water. Cover pans with baking paper then alfoil, gathered tightly around edges.
Place in oven and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until cooked through. (I did 2 trays for 1 hour, then 1 tray for 45 minutes).
Cool to room temperature, then wrap in squares of calico and tie with ribbon. Reheat in the microwave.