Mini Plum Puddings

Author: Canadian Living

Sweet and oh so cute, these little steamed desserts are anything but old-fashioned.

  • Portion size 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup seeded raisin (lexia)
  • 1 cup currant
  • 1 cup raisin (Thompson raisins)
  • 1 cup chopped prunes (Thompson raisins)
  • 1 cup chopped candied mixed peel
  • 1 cup brandy (or 1/3 cup/75 mL orange juice)
  • 1 cup dark rum (or 1/3 cup/75 mL orange juice)
  • 1 cup whole blanched almond coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cups butter softened
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 egg
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Toffee Sauce:
  • 2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter

Method

1- Toffee Sauce: In saucepan, bring sugar, cream and butter to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. (Make-ahead: Let cool; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours. Gently reheat to use.)

2- In large bowl, combine seeded raisins, currants, raisins, mixed peel and brandy. Cover and let stand for 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in almonds.

3- Grease six 1-cup (250 mL) Bundt pans or ramekins; line bottom of each with circle of parchment paper. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. In separate bowl, whisk together bread crumbs, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves and ginger; stir into butter mixture alternately with fruit mixture, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of fruit.

Pack into prepared pans, smoothing tops. Place circle of waxed paper directly on surface. Cover with double-thickness foil; press down side. Tightly tie string around outside just under top edge.

4- Place pans on rack in large Dutch oven; pour in enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of pans. Cover and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, adding boiling water as necessary to maintain level, until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1-1/2 hours.

5- Remove pans from water; let cool on rack for 10 minutes. Run knife around edges to loosen; turn out onto dessert plates. Serve with Toffee Sauce.

Nutritional facts Per each of 12 servings: about

  • Sodium 425 mg
  • Protein 7 g
  • Calories 555.0
  • Total fat 28 g
  • Cholesterol 112 mg
  • Saturated fat 13 g
  • Total carbohydrate 73 g

%RDI

  • Iron 19.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 13.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 9.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 21.0
  • Vitamin C 23.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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