Nana's Traditional Christmas Steamed Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce
- 1 cup light molasses
- 3/4 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for tossing fruit
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 pint candied mixed fruit (or diced dried fruit such as pineapple, pears, apples, and plums)
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 1/2 ounces brandy
- Holly sprig, for garnish
- Hard Sauce, recipe follows
- Hard Sauce:
- 1/4 pound butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 -ounce brandy or rum
Combine the molasses, butter, milk, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Next, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves in a large mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 additions. Toss candied fruit and raisins lightly with flour to prevent sinking and add to batter. Stir in brandy.
Pour into a greased and sugared steam pudding mold and place on a rack in a large covered pot with water that comes halfway up the sides of the mold. Cover and steam for 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure water hasn't boiled out. Let cool for 5 minutes on a rack before turning out. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with a sprig of holly and hard sauce.
A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.Hard Sauce:
Beat all ingredients together until very well combined. Serve with pudding.
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Recipe courtesy Cindy Goldfield