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Christmas Pudding

 Christmas Pudding
I never let a Christmas pass without making this warm, satisfying dessert. The wonderful aroma as it bakes will fill your home...and call your family to the kitchen!—Cathy Herpich, San Antonio, Texas
10 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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 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 McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • GARNISH:
  • Silk or plastic holly leaves, optional
  • Fresh cranberries, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon;

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Christmas Pudding (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice with 2 tablespoons syrup equals 525 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 151 mg sodium, 89 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.