Sago plum pudding

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sago (tapioca)
  • 1/4 cup sweet red port or sherry
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter,melted
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup mixed fruit
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon glace cherries,chopped
  • 1 egg

This is a light alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding and has been a favourite in my family for generations. It also makes for a great dessert in winter.

Method

Place sago and milk in a large microwave proof glass jug and cook on med high for 50 seconds. Stir, and repeat cook, stir process until sago has turned clear. (I found this was the best way to stop the milk from boiling over the sides of the jug). Set aside to cool.

Remove mixed peel from mixed fruit and replace with glace fruit.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl

Pour into a nonstick metal pudding bowl, put the lid on and lock down the clamps. Place in a large pot and pour in enough water to come no more than half way up the sides of the pudding bowl. Put the lid on the pot and steam for two hours. Slice and serve with brandy custard or normal custard (for the kids).

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