Chocolate orange Christmas pudding 🎄
Christmas pudding with a twist...a good twist...let's face it this year needs a good twist!
I love traditional Christmas pudding, but a traditional Christmas pudding, at least by my family's recipe includes suet 🤢
So i trialled a few vegan Christmas pudding recipes and this one really stood out. All the great attributes of a Christmas pudding but with some rich chocolatey, zesty orangeness thrown in...perfection!
I feel like these pictures don't do the pudding the justice it deserves, trust me, you need to try it!
Chocolate orange Christmas Pudding
Ingredients (serves 8)
🍊 60g plain flour
🍊 120g coconut sugar
🍊 3 tbsp cornflour
🍊 2 tsp baking powder
🍊 3 tbsp cacao powder
🍊 120g coconut sugar
🍊 3x slices of wholemeal bread
🍊 1/2 tsp nutmeg
🍊 1/2 tsp cinnamon
🍊 2 oranges (zest & juice)
🍊 60ml olive oil
🍊 80ml water
🍊 1 tsp orange extract (or an extra 2x orange zest)
🍊 350g dried mixed fruit (soaked overnight in 6 tbsp sherry)
🍊 100g dates
🍊 100g dark chocolate
- Place the dried fruit in a small bowl and cover with 6 tbsp sherry - cover and leave to soak overnight / until the sherry is absorbed.
- Sieve the flour, cornflour, baking powder, cacao powder, nutmeg & cinnamon into a bowl.
- Finely breadcrumb the bread, i tend to do this in a food processor to get a nice fine breadcrumb, and add to the bowl along with the coconut sugar and zest from the oranges.
- Juice the oranges into a small jug, add the orange extract, olive oil & 80ml water. Whisk to combine.
- Add the orangey liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Blitz the chocolate chunks in the blender to make them the size of chunky chocolate chips.
- Add the dates, soaked dried fruit and chunky chocolate chips and fold into the mixture.
- Grease a 1l bowl. Then cut a circle of greaseproof paper the size of the flat base of the bowl, position in the bowl and grease the greaseproof...you can never be too careful.
- Cut an oversized square of greaseproof paper then fold a 2" concertina allowing the pudding to rise slightly without breaking the cover.
- Transfer the pudding mix to the bowl and smooth the top.
- Cover the pudding bowl with the greaseproof paper.
- Create a handle for the pudding bowl with a folded length of greaseproof paper. Tie down the cover and handle by securing the string around the lip of the bowl.
- Place an upturned saucer in the base of a large pan.
- Fill the pan with 1/3 of water. Add the pudding bowl to the pan and bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for 3hrs.
- Check regularly that the pan doesn't boil dry and add more water to the pan if required.
Drop me a comment below if you try this recipe or share your creations on instagram @newnorm_plantbased would love to hear how you get on!
Until next week, eat well, stay well and keep it plant-based 😘