Illy's Kitchen

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Christmas Pudding

Grain Free – Serves 8-10 (1 litre basin)



  1. Place all the dried fruit and candied peel in a mixing bowl; soak overnight with the alcohol.
  2. Mix the ground almonds with the mixed spice, nutmeg, cinnamon & bicarb of soda.
  3. Add the desiccated coconut, coconut butter and nectar to the ground almonds.
  4. Drain the fruit from the alcohol. Add to the dried mixture along with the apple & grated zest.
  5. In a separate basin, beat the eggs with the alcohol.
  6. Add the liquid to the fruit and mix thoroughly.
  7. Pack into a lightly greased basin (1litre). Cover with a sheet of greaseproof and aluminium foil and secure well.
  8. Steam for 8 hours over a pan with simmering water, keep checking the water levels to prevent the pan going dry.
  9. Remove from the steamer and allow cooling. Remove the greaseproof and foil and replace with new. Secure well.
  10. Allow to mature for at least 2 months. Reheat by steaming for a further 2 hours.
  11. Serve with rum and brandy sauce.