Chocolate & fruit Christmas pudding.

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by Isabels Free From

chocolate christmas pudding

This chocolate Christmas pudding recipe is a great twist on the traditional festive dessert, and great if you don’t enjoy the traditional Christmas cake.

You can make it as chocolatey as you like or add citrus zests, dried fruits and sherry to make your own special Christmas pudding in just minutes. You can make the pudding the day before and keep it in the fridge or if adding alcohol, it will keep at least 1 week before the big day so the flavours can develop and mature.

Chocolate & fruit Christmas pudding.

Makes 4-5 portions

Ingredients

Dried fruits, (if using any).

65g mixed fruit
80g dates
30g glacé cherry, roughly chopped
zest and juice 2 clementines

For the pudding

1 pack of Isabel’s Easy pud Chocolate mix
115g softened butter or substitute, plus extra for greasing
115g dark muscovado sugar
1 tsp mixed spice – optional
1 large free-range egg, beaten
75ml milk or substitute
1 eating apple, peeled, cored and grated – optional

Topping

100g dark chocolate
50g milk chocolate

Method

If you are adding dried fruits, then soak the mixed fruit, cranberries and zests of the clementine and lemon juices for 3 days, stirring daily, keeping the bowl covered with a tea towel.

Butter a 1-litre pudding basin and line the bottom with a greaseproof paper circle.

Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in the Easy pud chocolate mix, then stir in before adding the egg.

Stir in the apple, soaked fruits and liquid (if adding any), then mix thoroughly.

Fill the basin with the mixture, then cover with a double thickness of greaseproof paper, pleated in the middle. Cover this with a layer of foil, pleated in the middle, then tie tightly with string.

Place the pudding in a large saucepan on a trivet or upturned saucer so it doesn’t touch the bottom, then fill halfway up the basin with hot water. Bring to a simmer, cover the pan, then cook for 30 minutes. Or if you prefer, microwave for about 4-5 minutes.

Allow the pudding to cool down a little, then demould the pud on a serving. Melt the chocolate chips and pour over the top of the pudding.

Other Serving Suggestions

Decorate with soft fruit and serve with berries, cream, ice-cream or custard.

 
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