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Fruit & Nut Christmas Pudding Loaf

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Ingredients
  Mixed dried fruit 14 Ounce (400 Gram)
  Glace cherries 3 Ounce (85 Gram)
  Bramley apple 6 Ounce, grated (175 Gram)
  Orange zest 1 Tablespoon
  Apple juice 1⁄4 Pint (150 Milliliter)
  Brandy 2 Tablespoon
  Cointreau 2 Tablespoon
  Butter 5 Ounce (140 Gram)
  Dark muscovado sugar 4 Ounce (100 Gram)
  Eggs 2 Large, beaten
  Self rising flour 3 Ounce (85 Gram)
  White breadcrumbs 4 Ounce (100 Gram)
  Golden syrup 2 Tablespoon
  Mixed spice 2 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Toasted hazelnuts 1 Ounce (25 Gram)
  Butter 2 Ounce (50 Gram)
  Dark muscovado sugar 2 Ounce (50 Gram)
  Golden syrup 1 Tablespoon
  Brandy 1 Tablespoon
  Toasted hazelnuts 1 Ounce, blanched (25 Gram)
Directions

1. Put the dried fruit, cherries, apple, zests, apple juice, brandy and Cointreau in a large bowl. Microwave on High for 1 min, then leave to soak overnight.
2. Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with a strip of non-stick baking paper. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the kettle on to boil and have a roasting tin, plus a sheet of buttered foil, ready.
3. Beat the butter and sugar together until it turns a little paler, then stir in the eggs, flour, breadcrumbs, syrup, spices, salt, soaked fruit and the nuts. Spoon into the loaf tin and smooth the top. Scrunch the foil loosely over the tin, twisting corners to tighten it around the tin's edges. Sit it in the roasting tin, then pour in a few cms of boiling water. carefully transfer to the oven and bake for 40 mins.
4. After 40 mins, turn down the oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and cook for another 1 1/2 hrs, topping up the water level every now and again.
5. To reheat the pudding, either return it to a medium oven for 30 mins in its tin, or turn out onto a serving plate, cover loosely with cling film and microwave for 5 mins on Medium. For the topping, gently heat the butter, sugar and syrup together until the sugar dissolves, stir in the brandy, then tip in the nuts and fruit. Spoon over the hot pudding and dust with a little icing sugar, if you like.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pudding
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
75 Minutes
Ready In: 
85 Minutes

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