Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding
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These puddings can be made ahead and stored in a cool dark place. Before serving, replace the old foil with new foil and steam for 1½ to 2 hours.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2 medium puddings
  • 2½ cups (340 g /12 oz) raisins
  • 2 cups (255 g / 9 oz) gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups (255 g / 9 oz) gluten-free shredded vegetarian suet (can sub palm shortening, but results may vary)
  • 1¼ cups (170 g / 6 oz) sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 1¼ cups (170 g / 6 oz) currants
  • 1 cup (170 g / 6 oz) candied peel, chopped
  • ½ cup (70 g / 2.5 oz) blanched almonds, chopped
  • ⅓ cup (70 g / 2.5 oz) glace cherries, chopped
  • 2 heaped teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 heaped teaspoons pie spice
  • ½ a nutmeg, grated
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 large free-range eggs.
  • ⅔ cup (140 ml / 5 fl oz) Armagnac or brandy
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
  • Grated rind of ½ a lemon
  1. Put the raisins, breadcrumbs, suet, sultanas, currants, peel, almonds, cherries, cinnamon, pie spice, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves in a large bowl and mix together.
  2. In a medium bowl, Whisk the eggs until fluffy and thickened.
  3. Stir the eggs into the dry ingredients. Add the Armagnac or brandy, rum, zest and orange juice, and lemon zest and mx together. The mixture should just drop off the spoon.
  4. Divide the batter between two 1-quart pudding basins and even out.
  5. Cover the basins with a layer of oiled foil, double folded in the centre, and secure with string.
  6. Stand the basin on an inverted saucer or a piece of foil folded 4 times, in a very large saucepan.
  7. Fill three quarters of the way up with water, cover with a lid or foil and steam for 6½ hours for a large pudding or 4½ hours for a smaller one.
  8. Top up with boiling water whenever necessary. When cooked, lift the basin out of the pan and allow the pudding cool.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-gluten-free-christmas-pudding