Vegetarian and alcohol-free Christmas pudding

This is a simple pudding that requires no time to mature, so it can be made in as little as a week before it's required or even made on the day and served fresh.

Puddings
A Christmas pudding
  • Preparation time 30 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 5 hours (cooking time)
  • Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 180g Mixed dried fruits 
  • 60g Dates, stoned and chopped
  • 60g Glace 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
  • 1tbsp Black treacle 
  • 1tsp Mixed spice 
  • Grated rind and juice of a lemon
  • Milk

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, adding enough milk to give a soft dropping consistency.
  2. Grease a 1.2 litre pudding basin.
  3. Cover with greased paper and foil, tie down securely.
  4. Steam for 5 hours.
  5. 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).

Due to the lack of alcohol in this pudding, it cannot be stored long-term.