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Festive Date And Pecan Pudding

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Ingredients
  Dried pitted dates 250 Gram, chopped
  Butter 4 1⁄2 Ounce (At Room Temperature, 125 Gram)
  Light muscovado sugar 3 Ounce (85 Gram)
  Self raising flour 5 Ounce (140 Grams)
  Soda bicarbonate 1 Teaspoon
  Ground mixed spice 1 Teaspoon
  Eggs 2 Large
  Raisins 2 Ounce (50 Gram)
  Chopped candied peel 2 Ounce (50 Gram)
  Pecans 3 Ounce, chopped (85 Gram)
  Ginger pieces 2 , cut into thin threads
For the brandy syrup
  Brandy 1⁄4 Pint (150 Milliliter)
For serving
  Toasted pecans 1 Ounce, chopped (25 Gram)
  Holly sprig 1
  Icing sugar 2 Tablespoon (For Dusting)
Directions

1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Pour 300ml boiling water over the chopped dates and set aside. Butter a 1.4-litre pudding basin and put a disc of baking parchment in the base. Put the butter, sugar, flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and eggs into a large bowl, then beat with an electric hand whisk until really well blended. Add the cooled date mixture, then beat again to make a sloppy batter.
2. Stir in the fruits, nuts and ginger, then pour into the pudding basin and place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 1 hr, cover the top lightly with foil, then return to the oven for 25 mins more until a skewer inserted into the pudding comes out clean.
3. Meanwhile, make the brandy syrup. Put the sugar and 50ml water in a pan and stir over the heat until syrupy. Stir in the brandy and remove from the heat. When the pudding is ready, remove from the oven and push a skewer into it in several places. Pour over the brandy syrup so it soaks into the pudding, then cover until ready to serve.
4. Turn out onto a plate, scatter with the pecans and top with the holly sprig, dusted with icing sugar. Serve with generous spoonfuls of Custard chantilly or Stem ginger & brandy cream or a good-quality vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pudding
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Pecan
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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