- 180g mixed dried fruits
- 60g dates, stoned and chopped
- 60g glacé cherries, chopped
- 60g dried apricots, chopped
- 90g plain flour
- 90g fresh white breadcrumbs
- 60g dark soft brown sugar
- 60g vegetarian spread
- 60g carrot, grated
- 60g cooking apple, grated
- 30g walnuts, finely chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp black treacle
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Grated rind and juice of a lemon
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, adding enough milk to give a soft dropping consistency, (when a small amount of the mixture will fall from a spoon if gently shaken).
Grease a 1.2 litre pudding basin. Tip the mixture into the basin and level the top.
Cover with greased paper, then foil, and tie down securely.
Place the basin in a large saucepan and top up with water until it comes halfway up the basin. Steam for 5 hours, topping up the water, as needed.
Either serve immediately or let it cool uncovered, wrap in clean greased paper and foil and store until required (this will require steaming for 2 hours from cold).
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