I like to use chopped dried apricots and/or craisins in the fruit mix — they provide a terrific tang. Great served with brandy sauce or custard.
|1 ½ cups||Milk|
|3 cups||Breadcrumbs, soft|
|¾ cup||Dark cane sugar|
|1 ½ cups||High grade flour|
|750 g||Dried fruit|
|1 Tbsp||Treacle (Main)|
|1 tsp||Mixed spice|
|1 tsp||Vanilla essence|
|2 Tbsp||Brandy (Main)|
|1 tsp||Baking soda, dissolved in a little warm milk|
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- Place the chopped butter in a large saucepan. Add the milk and simmer, until the butter melts. Pour onto the breadcrumbs and sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Cool.
- Sift in the flour and salt and add all the other ingredients. Spoon into a greased 5-cup pudding basin. Cover the top tightly with foil and tie to secure or cover with a fitting lid. Place the bowl in a steamer. Cover and steam over boiling water for three hours.
- Wrap in foil when cool, then refrigerate. Reheat in a steamer for about 45 minutes or in the microwave for about 5 minutes.