South African Queen of plum pudding

A little bit cakey, very plummy and 100% delicious, this South African Queen of plum pudding is the dessert your tum deserves!

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If you're in need of a quick dessert to whip up, try this delicious plum pudding recipe!

A little bit cakey, very plummy and 100% delicious, this South African Queen of plum pudding is the dessert your tum deserves! Topped with a soft and fluffy meringue, we can't imagine a better way to end a meal. Take a look at the recipe below from South African Fruit and get making your own this weekend!

Top tips! This is a great recipe for making the most of bread that’s 2-3 days old. Remember, egg whites won’t whip if there is the slightest trace of grease in the bowl or on the beaters – and that includes egg yolk – so take care when separating the eggs.

 

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Ingredients

  • 6 South African plums
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 pinch ground mixed spice
  • 10 g butter
  • 100 g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 400 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large free-range eggs, separated

Instructions

1
Halve, pit and slice the plums. Put them into a saucepan with 20g (¾oz) of the sugar, the mixed spice and 100ml (3½fl oz) water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until tender. Leave to cool. 
2
Grease a 1 ltr (1¾pts) baking dish with half the butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs into the dish. 
3
Heat the milk with the remaining butter and vanilla extract until lukewarm. Remove from the heat and add half the remaining sugar (20g (¾oz)), stirring to dissolve it. Pour into the baking dish. Add the beaten egg yolks and stir into the breadcrumbs. Leave to soak for 15 minutes. 
4
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
5
Bake the pudding for 20-25 minutes, until set. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes, then spoon the plums over the surface. 
6
Whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl until they hold their shape, then add the remaining sugar, whisking again until stiff and glossy. Pile on top of the pudding, then bake for a further 5-8 minutes until golden brown. Serve at once.

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