Our Familys Plum Pudding 1992, I/Ii

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Ingredients And Procedures

2 c Currants (1/2 pound)

-- loosely packed 1 1/2 c Golden and/or muscat raisins

-- (1/2 pound) 1 1/2 c Candied fruit peels

1/4 c Cognac

2 c English walnuts (1/2 pound)

-- finely chopped 2 c Good beef suet (1/2 pound)

-- ground by butcher 1 c Sifted flour

1 ts Baking soda

1/2 ts Salt

1 ts Cinnamon

1/2 ts Mace

1/2 ts Nutmeg

1/2 c Blackberry jam or preserves

1 c Brown sugar

5 c Loosely packed fresh bread

-crumbs -- from homemade-type bread 1/2 c Dry cocktail sherry

6 Egg yolks; well beaten

6 Egg whites; beaten stiff

-- but not dry ---------------------------------FOR MOLDS--------------------------------- 3 To 4 tb. soft butter

Brown sugar or flour Candied red cherries (opt.) -- for bottom of molds Additional brandy or other -liquor -- for ripening pudding ---------------------------------HARD SAUCE--------------------------------- 1/2 c Butter; softened

2 1/2 c Sifted confectioners' sugar

1 tb Brandy

Few drops cream; if needed ----------------------------------GARNISH---------------------------------- Holly sprigs Candied fruit or angelica Brandy Combine the dried fruits and peels in a large bowl and sprinkle with cognac. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight (or longer - in which case you may want to add more cognac). To the fruits in the large bowl, add nuts and suet. Resift flour with the baking soda, salt and spices; then sift over the fruit mixture while tossing and mixing with a wooden spoon to evenly distribute the dry ingredients. Stir in jam and brown sugar. Prepare the bread crumbs (use the food processor, removing crusts first if they are crusty and hard). Sprinkle bread crumbs into the sherry, mixing with a fork. Add to the fruit mixture. Add the beaten egg yolks; mix thoroughly. Last, fold in beaten egg whites. Prepare two pudding molds. This recipe makes enough for one 2-quart mold, and the remainder can be steamed in a coffee can - a 26-ounce can makes a round pudding about 3" tall. (You could make one huge pudding if you have a container.) Grease molds with butter and then sprinkle them with sugar or dust with flour. Arrange candied cherries in molds, if desired (cherries should be dusted with flour). Fill 2-quart mold no more than 2/3 full with batter. Cover pudding mold with its lid, fasten with clamps or tie on securely. For the coffee can, cover with its plastic lid, tie it on and wrap all with aluminum foil. (The plastic will split.) For a bowl without a lid, cover the top with layered waxed paper tied down securely, then do the same with aluminum foil. (Continued)

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