Christmas pudding - microwave
finely grated rind of 1 orange
finely grated rind of 1 lemon
65g / 2½ oz plain flour
15g / ½ oz cocoa
2 x 5 ml / 2 tsp. mixed spice
75g / 3 oz breadcrumbs
100g / 4 oz shredded suet
100g / 4 oz dark brown sugar
450g / 1 lb. mixed dried fruit
1½ - 15 ml / 1½ tbsps black treacle
4 x 15 ml / 4 tbsps brown ale
1 x 15 ml / 1 tbsp brandy
1. In a large mixing bowl grate the zest of the orange & lemon
2.Sift the flour, mixed spice & cocoa into the bowl. Add all the other dry ingredients.
2.In a jug beat together the egg, treacle, brown ale and brandy. Stir briskly until well combined.
3. Add to the dry ingredients & mix well until no flour is visible
4.Tip into a lightly greased basin. Cover with cling film and cook in a 600w microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. If you have a 1000 watt microwave set the power to 50%
5.Leave to stand for 4 minutes then cook for a further 4 minutes
6.When cold cover with a fresh layer of cling film and leave in a cool dry place to mature
Reheat for 1½ to 2 minutes on high before serving.