100g breadcrumbs (made from Juvela Gluten Free Loaf)
100g butter, grated
½ tsp ground mixed spice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
150g soft brown sugar
500g mixed dried fruit
25g chopped mixed nuts
1 small cooking apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 small carrot, peeled and grated
1 orange, grated rind and juice
1 lemon, grated rind and juice
2 medium eggs
125ml orange juice
3tbsp rum or brandy
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the rum/brandy, cover and leave in a cool dry place overnight.
Transfer the mixture either into a 1 litre pudding basin or 2 x ½ litre pudding basins, smooth the tops and cover with greaseproof paper and foil. Place in a large pan and pour in boiling water approx ¾ up the side of each basin, cover and steam for 7-8 hours (or 4 hours for smaller puddings). Check the water level halfway through cooking and top up if necessary.
Allow to cool, then spoon over the rum or brandy and cover with fresh greaseproof paper and foil. Store in a cool dry place until required.
To reheat, either steam for a further 2 hours or remove foil and microwave on FULL power for 5 minutes. Allow to stand for a further minute before serving.