A recipe steeped in tradition is always part of the Jasper Christmas, starting with the four Christmas in November programs and carrying right through to the real Christmas and New Year's Eve. Serve with Classic Crème Anglaise.
- Portion size 16 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2006
- 2 cups seedless lexia raisins
- 2 cups seedless Thompson raisins
- 1 1/2 cup currant
- 2/3 cups applesauce
- 1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel
- 1/2 cup chopped candied lemon peel
- 1/2 cup lager
- 1/2 cup porter
- 3 tablespoons brandy
- 3 tablespoons port wine
- 3 tablespoons rum
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon clove
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 1 1/4 cup sifted cake-and-pastry flour
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
MethodIn large airtight container, stir together raisins, currants, applesauce, orange and lemon peels, porter, lager, brandy, port wine, rum, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 1 week.
Grease 6-cup (1.5 L) pudding bowl; line bottom with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.
In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg. In separate bowl, whisk together bread crumbs, flour and almonds; stir into butter mixture alternately with fruit, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and 2 of fruit.
Scrape into prepared bowl, pressing well. Place disc of parchment or waxed paper directly on surface. Cut square of foil large enough to cover top of bowl and reach one-third down side. Make 1/2-inch (1 cm) pleat down centre of foil. Place over bowl; press down side. With string, tie foil firmly to bowl about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from rim. Fold foil up over rim.
Place on rack in stockpot or deep saucepan. Fill pot with enough boiling water to come two-thirds up bowl. Cover and steam, replenishing water if necessary, until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean, about 3 hours.
Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Overwrap with heavy-duty foil; refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 year. Remove overwrap; bring to room temperature. Steam as directed until hot, about 1-1/2 hours.) Makes 12-16 servings.