1. Cut any larger pieces of mixed fruit until all are roughly around the same size. Place all dried fruit into a large bowl and pour over the brandy.
Top Tip: If brandy isn’t the Christmas drink for you, whisky works just as well.
2. Add grated zest of the orange to the fruit and then pour the orange juice. Mix together well and set aside in the refrigerator overnight covered by cling film.
3. The next morning, using the extra butter, grease two pudding tins. Set aside.
4. Using a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale in colour. Next, whisk in the beaten eggs gradually.
Top Tip: Want to save some time? Try using an electric whisk.
5. Next, add in the soaked fruit and juices. Stir for 1 minute and then add in the flour and breadcrumbs. Stir again, then add the spices for flavour. Continue to stir until the mixture is a dropping consistency.
6. Pour the mixture into designated pudding tins and cover with foil. Next, with a steamer, steam the puddings for around 4 hrs.
7. Once steamed, turn each pudding upside on a wire rack and leave to cool. Your homemade Christmas puddings are now ready to flare up and serve.
Making sure your Christmas pudding servings are garnished well is just as important when it comes to flavour. Whether it’s topping your masterpiece with light cherries, serving it up with custard or having a dollop of brandy cream on the side, you can find everything you need for making Christmas pudding this year from your nearest convenience store.
*Recipe adapted from Foodista, licensed under CC BY 3.0.