Every Christmas gathering will not be complete without pudding.  Follow this recipe to make that perfect tangy fruit pudding for everyone in your family to enjoy!

Serves 14

Preparation time 3 days and 5 hours


  • ½ cup   brandy
  • 1 cup    brown sugar
  • ¾ cup   all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 pcs    eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup dates, chopped and pitted
  • 1 cup    currants
  • ¾ cup   golden raisins
  • 1 ½ cups raisins, chopped
  • 1 cup    soft dried figs, chopped
  • 1 cup blanched almonds, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp     nutmeg
  • 1 tsp     cinnamon
  • 1 tsp     ground allspice
  • 250      butter
  • 1 pc     orange grated zest
  • 1 pc     lemon grated zest
  • 1 ½ cupsbread crumbs


Cooking Procedure:

1. Put all fruit in a large bowl and pour brandy over it, then stir to spread the brandy.  Cover and set aside for 24 hours.

2. Beat the sugar and the butter in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer.  Add the eggs and the orange and lemon zests, then continue beating.  Mix in the almonds and the fruit, then add the flour and spices before adding the bread crumbs.

3. Grease a casserole or a mold.  Put the batter in the prepared mold using a spoon, making sure that the surface is leveled.

4. Prepare a wax paper by folding it two times through the center (this will allow the pudding to expand as it rises) then put it on top of the mold.  Cover it with twice-folded foil tied to the edge of the mold with a string.


5. Put the mold in a Dutch oven filled with water halfway up the mold.  Maintain a gentle boil on the water and steam for 4 hours.

6. Allow the pudding to cool after taking it out of the oven.  Cover the mold with new wax paper and foil again and refrigerate until ready to serve.

7. Reheat the pudding by steaming for two hours before serving.

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