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Low Calorie Christmas Pudding Recipe
Ingredients and how to make a traditional but low calorie Christmas Pudding recipe:
This easy to cook Low Calorie Christmas Pudding recipe is great for those on a diet, but still want to tuck into traditional Xmas puddings.
Ingredients For Low Calorie Christmas Pudding
100g of currants, raisins, sultanas and chopped dried apricots
50g of chopped blanched almonds
The juice of one lemon and one orange and one teaspoon of the grated rind of each
One large carrot and apple which have been grated
75g of wholemeal flour
75g of wholemeal breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons of ground mixed spice
90mls of brandy
2 beaten eggs
How To Make The Low Calorie Christmas Pudding
Place the dried fruits and the juice and rind of the orange and lemon in a bowl and pour on the brandy. Cover and leave the fruit to soak up the brandy. This needs to be overnight, though can be left for a few days. Traditionally this should be done on Stir Up Sunday.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
Spoon the mixture into a large greased bowl or basin, pressing down to remove air pockets.
Smooth the mixture and cover it with grease proof paper. Add a further covering of kitchen foil slightly above this - this is to allow for the pudding to expand.
Tie the kitchen foil down with string. Set aside in a cold place to set. This can be overnight, though some people prefer to leave theirs for a few days or weeks, depending on the alcohol content. This recipe is low alcohol as well as low calorie and low fat, so should only be left for a few days at most.
Stand the basin or bowl on a surface within a saucepan. We use a small block of wood. Fill the saucepan with boiling water to cover the pudding bowl to just over halfway. Place the lid on the saucepan and simmer gently for about 5 hours. You will need to check the saucepan at regular intervals and top up the water if needed, but ensure no water ever goes over the top of the pudding bowl.
After gently boiling remove from the heat and take the pudding basin out of the saucepan. Take off the kitchen foil and the grease proof paper and replace them with new coverings. Set the Low Calorie Christmas Pudding aside to cool down.
Store the Low Calorie Christmas Pudding in dry but cool and dark place for two weeks or less.
When you are ready to eat the low calorie Christmas pudding you will need to gently boil it again for two hours.
Once ready to serve just loosen the sides of the bowl or basin with a knife and turn it upside down onto a plate and serve.
Low fat natural or Greek yogurt or framage frais would make low calorie and low fat toppings.
For those not on a diet the low calorie Christmas pudding recipe can be served with cream, brandy sauce or brandy butter.
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For those who want to give the low calorie Christmas Pudding recipe a miss and buy one instead then why not try the new Heston Blumenthal Christmas pudding with a hidden orange which are available to buy from Waitrose. They are available in 1.2kg versions with a whole candied orange and a mini version with a candied clementine.
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