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Tiny Tim’s Plum Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours

Makes

12 servings (1-1/2 cups sauce)

In A Christmas Carol, everyone claps for plum pudding. Our family has made this pudding our own tradition, and it really is something to clap for. —Ruthanne Karel, Hudsonville, Michigan
Tiny Tim's Plum Pudding Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) plums, drained, pitted and chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • HARD SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum or orange juice

Directions

  1. Generously grease an 8-cup pudding mold, metal gelatin mold or ovenproof bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, flour, orange zest, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in plums, dates, raisins, carrots and currants.
  3. Transfer to prepared pudding mold. Cover tightly with heavy-duty foil; tie foil with kitchen string to secure.
  4. Place on a rack in a stockpot; add 3 in. hot water to pot. Bring water to a gentle boil; steam cake, covered, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 2 to 2-1/2 hours, adding more water to pot as needed. Remove pudding from pot; let stand 5 minutes before unmolding.
  5. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat hard sauce ingredients until smooth and creamy. Unmold pudding onto a serving plate; serve warm with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece with 2 tablespoons sauce: 550 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 98g carbohydrate (80g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein.

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