My sincere and hearty wishes on Merry Christmas to all the bloggers and non bloggers.The great Christmas is around.We are already up to celebrate it.Let us add some thing special and sweet as well as home made, up to occasion.So here is Christmas Pudding.
And why not try Fruit Cake too!
- Maida [fine wheat flour] 1/2 cup
- White butter 6 tbsp
- Butter 6 tbsp
- Brown sugar 3/4 cup
- Eggs 2
- Orange and lemon-peeled [coarsely chopped] 1/4 cup
- Seedless dates 1/4 cup
- Walnut [chopped] 1/2 cup
- Currants 1/4 cup
- Raisins 1/4 cup
- Brandy 2 tbsp
- Cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp
- Cloves powder 1/4 tsp
- Nutmeg powder 1/4 tsp
- Fresh white bread crumbs 1-1/2 cup
- Water 3 cups
- White butter 1/2 cup
- Icing sugar 1/2 cup
- Brandy 2 tbsp
- Nutmeg powder 1 pinch
- For Hard Sauce: Beat butter in a bowl till it becomes light and fluffy. Add gradually sugar in small quantities at a time,keep on beating until whole sugar is added & mixture becomes creamy.Add brandy.Continue beating until well blended.Add nutmeg powder.Chill until hard.
- Beat the eggs.
- Mix together orange and lemon peels,dates,walnut,currants,raisins,brandy and lemon juice and keep aside.
- Now,mix the maida,cinnamon,cloves and nutmeg powder,then sift.Add bread crumbs and stir well.
- Take remaining butter in a bowl,beat till light & fluffy.Add brown sugar in small quantities at a time and keep on beating till all sugar is used and mixture becomes light and fluffy.
- Add beaten eggs in small quantities at a time,keep on beating well.Fold in flour mixture and fruit & nut mixture.Add lemon juice,mix well.
- Spoon the mixture into a greased 1 liter mold.Cover mold lightly with aluminum foil, tie securely.
- Pour water into cooker,put grid [jaali] in cooker and place mold on grid.
- Close cooker without pressure regulator.Cook on high heat.When steam passes through steam vent,reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes,ensuring a steady steam vent.
- Place pressure regulator in position.Bring to full pressure on high heat.Reduce heat and cook for 50 minutes.
- Close the flame.Let it cool.
- Open cooker.Take out mold and remove foil.Take out pudding with help of a knife and keep on a serving dish.
- Pudding is ready.Spread hard sugar around the pudding.Decorate with dry fruits,cherry etc.
Serve hot or cool.