I love Christmas pudding! This recipe is one I've developed from a few different recipes with my favourite ingredients and without my least favourite ingredient, peel. Its very flexible so add the fruit you like best!
1.5kg of dried fruit (I add approx 750g raisins, 250g sultanas, 250g currants, 250g pitted prunes and a pack of glace cherries)
1t mixed spice
250g plain flour
250g breadcrumbs (fresh not stale)
Soak fruit in brandy for 2-3 days (I often soak the fruit for a week),
Blend butter into the dry ingredients (except the breadcrumbs),
Beat the eggs together with the milk,
Make the breadcrumbs and grate the apple,
Add the dry ingredients and breadcrumbs to the fruit and then the milk and eggs,
Place mixture in pudding bowls and boil for as long as you can on the day of making (atleast 4 hours) and atleast 1 hour on the day of eating.
The puddings can be boiled and stored in pudding bowls or in fowlers vacola jars (I'm lucky enough to have some number 28 jars which are perfect for puddings!)