The tradition is that every member of the family stirs the pudding mixture while making a wish.... Bissell/Levy suggest serving this with crème fraîche, rather than the traditional brandy butter

Ingredients Edit

Directions Edit

  1. Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Put the marmalade, orange juice, eggs, brandy and wine in another large bowl, or in the blender or food processor, and beat until well blended and frothy.
  3. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix until moist.
  5. Cover, and let stand for a couple of hours at least and, if possible, overnight to let the spice flavours develop.
  6. oil or butter the pudding basin and spoon in the mixture.
  7. As it contains no raw flour, it will not expand very much during the cooking, so you can fill the basin to within 1.25 cm (½ inch) of the rim.
  8. Take a square of greaseproof or waxed paper, oil or butter it, and tie it over the top of the basin with string.
  9. Steam in boiling water for 5 hours.
  10. Allow pudding to cool completely before wrapping it, still in its basin, in fresh greaseproof paper plus a layer of foil.
  11. Store in a cool dark place.
  12. On Christmas Day, steam for a further two hours.
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