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Recipe

Orange Christmas pudding with honey and citrus sauce

Nici Wickes' Christmas pudding recipe creates a less-rich dessert that's covered in beautiful oranges and served with a wonderful warm honey and citrus sauce, whipped cream and brandy butter

By Nici Wickes
  • 6 hrs cooking
  • Serves 10
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Ingredients

Orange Christmas pudding
  • 200 gram cold butter, grated
  • 90 gram flour
  • 90 gram fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 450 gram mixed fruit
  • 90 gram brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 300 millilitre milk
  • 2 tablespoon brandy
  • 1-2 oranges, sliced into very thin rounds with the rind on
Honey and citrus sauce
  • zest and chopped flesh of 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • splash of brandy or Grand Marnier (optional)

Method

Orange Christmas pudding
  • 1
    Mix all the ingredients well, except the orange rounds.
  • 2
    Grease a 1-litre pudding basin well with butter and line with the orange rounds. They will stick to the sides. Scrape the pudding mixture into the basin, cover with 2 layers of baking paper and 1 layer of tinfoil, then tie securely. The best tie you can use is a strip of pantyhose (believe me).
  • 3
    In a large pot with two or three teaspoons on the bottom, fill with enough water to come two-thirds up the sides of the basin. Boil for 5 hours, making sure you top up the pot with more boiling water when needed.
  • 4
    Cool and store in the fridge until Christmas Day. Reheat by repeating Step 3 but cooking for just 1½ hours, by which time it ought to be heated through.
  • 5
    Serve with warm honey and citrus sauce (see below), whipped cream and brandy butter.
Honey and citrus sauce
  • 6
    Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and gently simmer for up to 30 minutes or until thickened.
  • 7
    Let cool and blend until smooth.
  • 8
    Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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