Christmas Pudding

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 10 servings

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Ingredients

•1/2 cup butter, softened
•1 cup sugar
•1 egg
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 cups all-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1 cup buttermilk
•1 cup golden raisins
•1 cup chopped Diamond of California® Walnuts
•1 cup chopped dates

SYRUP:
•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
•1 cup water
•1 teaspoon butter
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

GARNISH:
•Silk or plastic holly leaves, optional
•Fresh cranberries, optional

Method

•In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in the raisins, walnuts and dates.
• Spoon into a well-greased 2-qt. pudding mold or ovenproof bowl; cover tightly. Place on a rack in a deep pan; add 3 in. of hot water to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cover and steam for 3 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, adding water to pan as needed.
• Let stand for 20 minutes before unmolding. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine brown sugar and flour. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
• Unmold pudding onto a serving plate; garnish with holly leaves and cranberries if desired. Serve warm with syrup. Yield: 10 servings (1-1/4 cups syrup).

Editor's Note: Holly leaves and berries are toxic. Do not use as a garnish.

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