Light and fruity Christmas pud

Treat yourself to the delicious flavors of our light and fruity Christmas pud, enriched with the irresistible combination of passion fruit and Cointreau. This tempting dessert will not only delight your taste buds, but will also save you time thanks to the quick steam cooking process, which only takes half the time compared to traditional Christmas puddings.

Ingredients

  • 250g pack of dried mixed fruits with apricot and passion fruit
  • 175 g ready-to-eat, pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 85g dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger root
  • grated zest and juice of a large orange
  • 100 ml/3½ fl oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 100 g butter, room temperature
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 85g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 85g pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 100g butter
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g pecans
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • Sprig of fresh holly
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • thick double cream for serving

Tip

Classic brandy butter
If you prefer to serve classic brandy butter instead of the pecan sauce, beat 100g butter with 85g golden icing sugar and 50g light muscovado sugar. Stir in 4 tablespoons of brandy, pour into a bowl and fork nicely. This can be made up to 2 weeks in advance or frozen.

Preparation steps

Method:
1. Put the dried fruits, dates, cranberries and ginger in a pot with the orange peel and orange juice as well as the orange liqueur.
2. Heat gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until juice is absorbed and mixture looks sticky.
3. Set aside to cool.

4. Lightly grease a 1.3 liter pudding bowl and line the bottom with a small disc of baking paper.
5. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and flour in a mixer or large bowl until creamy.
6. Stir in the cooled fruit, breadcrumbs, cinnamon and nuts.

7. Pour the mixture into the pudding bowl.
8. Cover the bowl with baking paper and foil and tie it tightly with string.
9. Place a long strip of folded foil under the basin and fold it up the sides to use as a handle.
10. Place the basin in a large pot and pour a cauldron of boiling water into the pot until it comes halfway up the bowl.
11. Cover and steam for 3 hours, topping up with boiling water if necessary.
12. Allow to cool, then store in a cool place for up to 1 week or freeze for 1 month.

13. Make the sauce a day in advance.
14. Melt butter and sugar in a pan.
15. Add the pecans and cook, stirring, for a minute or two to toast them.
16. Add cranberries, orange juice and liqueur and continue cooking until mixture is rich and syrupy.
17. Allow to cool, then place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

18. To serve, steam the pudding in a pot of boiling water for 1 hour to warm through.
19. Heat the pecan sauce in a skillet until melted and bubbling.
20. Turn the pudding out of the mold and peel off the baking paper.
21. Pile the nuts and cranberries from the sauce onto the pudding.
22. Spread the butter sauce generously over the top.
23. Decorate with holly and dust lightly with powdered sugar.
24. Serve the pudding with the sauce and cream.

Nutritional Information

kcalfatsaturatescarbohydratesSugarfiberproteinSalt
550 27g 12g 66g 20g 2g 5g 0.63g

Equipment and tools

To make this light and fruity Christmas pud you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • grater
  • Sieve
  • Pudding bowl or mold
  • Thwart
  • Steamer or large pot
  • parchment paper
  • String or rubber band
  • platter

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Eggs
  • butter
  • Gluten (self-raising flour)
  • Nuts (pecans)

Please consider these allergens before preparing and serving the dish. If you or one of your guests is allergic to allergens, you may need to make changes or choose an alternative recipe.

Storage and leftovers

Follow these guidelines to save leftovers of this light and fruity Christmas pud:

  1. Allow the pudding to cool completely.
  2. Remove from the pudding tin or mold and wrap tightly in foil.
  3. Store in a cool and dry place.
  4. To reheat, steam the pudding for 1-2 hours until warmed through.

Leftover pudding will last up to 2 weeks if stored properly. Serve with a little powdered sugar and a dollop of heavy cream.

Health Benefits of “Light & Fruity Christmas Pud”

Christmas pudding is a traditional dessert often enjoyed during the holidays. While normally considered indulgent and filling, this Light & Fruity Christmas Pud recipe offers a healthier option. With a combination of healthy ingredients, this lighter option still packs a punch with good taste and offers potential health benefits for your festive celebrations.

1. Dried mixed fruits

This recipe contains a 250g pack of dried mixed fruits with apricot and passion fruit. Dried fruits are full of important vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are a great source of antioxidants, which can help protect against cell damage and strengthen the immune system.

2. Decumbered dates

A total of 175 g of ready-to-eat, pitted dates are roughly chopped and added to the pudding. Dates are rich in fiber and natural sugars, making them a healthier substitute for refined sugar. They also provide important minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron.

3. Cranberries

The addition of 85g of dried cranberries not only enhances the flavor but also gives the pudding nutritional benefits. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and have been linked to improved cardiovascular health and a reduced risk of urinary tract infections.

4. Freshly grated ginger

The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger root, which gives the pudding a warm and aromatic taste. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can aid digestion, relieve nausea, and support a healthy immune system.

5. Oranges

The grated zest and juice of a large orange contribute to the fruity taste of the Christmas pudding. Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is essential for a strong immune system and maintaining healthy skin. It also provides other essential nutrients such as folic acid and potassium.

6. Pecans

The recipe contains 85g of coarsely chopped pecans. Pecans are a good source of healthy fats, protein and fiber. They’re also packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that contribute to heart health and brain function.

7. Light Muscovado Sugar

Compared to traditional dark muscovado sugar, this recipe uses a combination of 100g butter and 50g light muscovado sugar. Although it still provides sweetness, using less sugar can be beneficial for people who are watching their sugar consumption or trying to maintain a balanced diet.

By selecting these ingredients, the “Light & Fruity Christmas Pud” offers a more nutritious alternative to the classic Christmas pudding. So you can enjoy the festive flavors while reaping the potential health benefits of these wholesome ingredients.

Remember that moderation is key and it is always a good idea to consult a doctor if you have any dietary restrictions or specific health concerns.

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