Royal plum pudding

    20 hours 15 min

    These spicy and sweet plum puddings have been made for the royal household since the time of George I.


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    Ingredients
    Makes: 3 Christmas puddings

    • 450g (1 lb) eggs, weighed in shells
    • 235ml milk
    • 680g (1 1/2 lb) suet, finely shredded
    • 450g (1 lb) sugar
    • 450g (1 lb) raisins, stoned and cut in half
    • 450g (1 lb) breadcrumbs
    • 225g (8 oz) sifted icing sugar
    • 110g (4 oz) citron peel
    • 110g (4 oz) candied peel
    • 15g (1/2 oz) grated nutmeg
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 120ml brandy

    Method
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Extra time:12hr resting  ›  Ready in:20hr15min 

    1. Beat the eggs to a froth; stir in the milk. Mix in suet, sugar, raisins, breadcrumbs, icing sugar, citron peel, candied peel, nutmeg, salt, mixed spice and brandy. Let mixture stand for 12 hours in a cool place.
    2. Pour mixture into 3 (1 pint) pudding basins; cover with baking paper and foil and secure with a lid or string; set pudding basins inside a steamer insert and steam for 8 hours. You may have to top up the water during this time.
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