Vegan Christmas pudding

Christmas wouldn't be the same without a pudding, so why not try this delicious vegan Christmas pudding? Add a drizzle of brandy sauce to complete the dish.

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Warm up with this comforting vegan Christmas pudding from the National Trust...


Top tips!
  • Soaking the fruit overnight will result in a moister and more flavoursome pudding.
  • If needed place a small piece of baking parchment in the bottom of your pudding basins or ramekins before steaming.
  • If you don’t have a steamer oven you can cook these in a bain marie in the oven.

Ingredients

  • 150 g dates
  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 50 ml brandy
  • 150 g dried fruit
  • 50 g black treacle
  • 50 g glace cherries
  • 100 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 75 g dark sugar
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 100 g vegan suet

For the brandy sauce

  • 800 ml soy milk
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 25 g cornflour
  • 100 ml brandy

Instructions

1
Place the dates in a bowl, add half the orange juice and then put into the microwave and cook for a few seconds until soft and starting to break down. Remove and place in a bowl.
2
Add the remaining orange juice and brandy. Stir well.
3
Add the dried fruit, treacle and glace cherries. Mix well and leave to soak (preferably overnight).
4
Place the flour, spices, dark brown sugar, breadcrumbs and vegetable suet into a bowl and mix well.
5
Add the soaked fruit to the flour mix and stir well until incorporated.
6
Divide between greased ramekins or pudding basins; about 140g in each portion. Cover with a lid or parchment and foil tied with string, and place in a steamer.
7
Steam for around 1-1.5 hours or until slightly risen and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

For the brandy sauce

1
Dissolve the cornflour in a little of the soy milk until you have a smooth paste. Place the remaining soy milk and the caster sugar in a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and stir in the cornflour mix.
2
Continue to stir until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Stir in the brandy and continue to mix until incorporated.
3
Taste the brandy sauce and add a little more of the sugar if needed. Serve with the pudding.

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