No better way to prep for the festive season than to start making some delicious Christmas treats like this

Ingredients
300g (2 cups) Dried Fruit Cake Mix
280g (2 cups) Cake Flour
200g (1 cup) Granulated White Sugar
200ml ( 3/4 cup)Glace Cherries
brandy (optional) about 50ml
15ml (1 tbs) Butter
10ml (2 tsp) Bicarbonate of Soda
2,5ml ( 1/2 tsp) Allspice
5ml (1 tsp) Mixed Spice
1ml (1/4 tsp) Finely grated Nutmeg
1 ClemenGold – finely grated zest and the juice (or use 1/2 an orange)
1ml (1/4 tsp)pinch salt
50 g Walnuts – chopped (nuts are optional)

How to
Squeeze the ClemenGold juice into a measuring jug, add the brandy if using and fill up to 250ml (1 cup) mark with the boiling water

Dissolve the butter in the hot water mixture

Dissolve the Bicarbonate of Soda in 250ml (1 Cup) cold water

Sift flour, salt and spices together in a large mixing bowl

Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients (excepting for the nuts)

Add the melted butter liquid

Add the bicarbonate of soda liquid

Stir all together well with a wooden spoon then covered with a lid or cloth (tin foil will also do) and stand it overnight. It looks very insipid at this stage!

Next morning butter well and dust with flour the bottom and sides of 1 large or 2 smaller heat proof pudding dishes.

If you have a traditional pudding steamer by all means use it as instructed!

Add the chopped walnuts to the pudding mixture and stir well

Pour the pudding mixture into the prepared pudding dishes – do not fill more than 2/3 full

Take a double layer of tin foil and make a fold down the centre then grease the one side with butter and place over top of pudding bowls (butter side underneath) and tie very tightly with string. Make an extra loop of string over the tops of the bowls to act as handles

Place pudding bowls onto inverted saucers in large saucepans and fill with boiling water to go a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. No more water than this as you do not want a soggy pudding!

Steam, covered, for about 3 hours (Replenish water as needed with boiling water from kettle)

Remove from saucepan and allow to cool for about 20 minutes then remove foil, turn over onto a plate and serve with sauce and cream, custard or ice cream.

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