First time making it and I attempt it in Tanzania!!
110 gms plain flour
110 gms fresh breadcrumbs
225 gms butter
225 gms brown sugar
pinch of salt
700 gms dried fruit, ie. sultanas, currants, raisins and some peel (quantities can vary, as long as the total is the same)
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1/2 teaspoon carb soda
a good slosh of brandy - I used the whole bottle Sylvia
Soak fruit in brandy (for quite a long time--can be days).
* Have large pot of water boiling on the stove.
* Cream butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Stir in the fruit and brandy.
Add all other ingredients.
Mix well with wooden spoon.
* Prepare white cotton cloth---dust with some flour which will coat the mixture as it cooks. - note to self: use a white cloth next time
* Place the mixture in centre of cloth and tie up tightly with string.
* Boil 6 hours Never allow the water to go off the boil. This is the part when you need to be near the stove to top up the pot with a supply of boiling water as quite a lot may evaporate during cooking. (Don't top up with water that is less than boiling.)
* Hang pudding up to dry in airy spot until Christmas Day.
* On Christmas Day boil a further 3 hours as before serving.
It smells really good. We are looking forward to trying it tomorrow.