6 oz flour
3 oz sugar
1/2 teapoon mixed spice
1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
2 oz breadcrumbs
4 oz butter or margarine
grated rind of 1 orange
1 lbs 8 oz dried fruits (sultanas, raisins, currants) a few drops of vanilla
and almond essence
1 teaspoon of lemon jus
Mix all ingredients together, stir
well and leave overnight if possible. Place in one large or two smaller
basins and cover securely with greased greaseproof paper and a cloth or foil.
Steam or boil for 6-8 hours. Cool.
Remove wet coverings. When cold put on dry cover.
Steam for 2 hours on Christmas Day. To
prevent the top of pudding becoming too wet, it is a good idea to make flour
and water paste.
Mix about 200g flour with enough water to make a firm dough and roll into a
round the size of the top of the basin. Place this mixture over greaseproof
paper on the pudding; cover with more greaseproof paper, then cook.