Quince and Walnut Christmas Pudding Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
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Serves: 3 puddings
 
Fill your home with the wonderful steaming aromas of this rich fruity Christmas pudding, a traditional recipe enhanced with the subtle taste of quinces and with an extra walnut crunch.
Ingredients
  • 500g/1 lb mixed dried raisins
  • 300g/12 oz dried cranberries
  • 300g/12 oz dried pitted dates, chopped
  • 200g/8 oz dried figs, chopped
  • 1½ cup of rum
  • 125 g/1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 250 g/9 oz suet (I used beef but you can use vegetarian suet), shredded
  • 200 g/3 cups breadcrumbs (I chopped 4 slices of whole wheat toast bread)
  • 450 g/1 lb dark brown sugar
  • 1 large quince (or two tart dessert apples), grated
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 100 g/1 cup slivered almonds
  • 150 g/1 /2 cup walnuts
  • 300 ml/1¼ cup stout
  • 5 eggs, beaten
Instructions
  1. Start the day before and mix all dried fruits in a large bowl with a lid (a tupperware would be great). Add the rum and cover overnight so the fruits soak it all in.
  2. The next day, add these ingredients to the dried fruits in a bigger bowl: flour, spices, suet, breadcrumbs, sugar, quince, orange zest, almonds, walnuts.
  3. Add the stout and eggs and mix with a wooden spoon. The mixture should be sloppy and fall off the spoon when tapped. If not, add more stout.
  4. Grease 2 2-liter/quart pudding bowls with butter. Pudding bowls are the bowls on my picture. If you don't have pudding bowls, substitute an oven-proof ceramic souffle dish or something with high sides but that will fit in your steamer. Fill the bowls and cover with a circle of greaseproof paper.
  5. Steam the puddings for 6 hours and don't go too far because you'll need to add water roughly every hour. If your lids don't fit tightly (mine didn't), seal the lids with aluminum foil as tightly as you can so the steam doesn't escape - too much. I'm warning you, it might get messy and the puddings may spill a little on the sides.
  6. After 6 hours, your home smells wonderful. Remove the puddings from the steamer and leave it out to cool completely.
  7. Clean up the bowls and wrap the pudding bowls in a double layer of foil. Store in a cool dark place.
  8. Once a week until Christmas, say hello to your puddings and "feed" them with rum. Meaning, pour a couple tablespoons of rum and wrap it again.
  9. On Christmas eve or Christmas day, microwave until piping hot in the middle (6 to 10 minutes) or steam for 45 minutes. Serve with brandy butter.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
VEGETARIAN OPTION
You can replace beef suet by vegetarian suet.

QUINCES
If they are unavailable where you live, replace with sour apples.

KID-FRIENDLY
Replace alcohol in the ingredients with a flavorful strong tea (Earl Grey or Breakfast Tea).
Recipe by Frog Mom at https://frogmom.com/quince-and-walnut-christmas-pudding-recipe/