Tiny Tim's Plum Pudding Recipe
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Tiny Tim's Plum Pudding Recipe

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In "A Christmas Carol," everyone claps for plum pudding. Our family has made this pudding our own tradition, and it really is something to clap for. —Ruthanne Karel, Hudsonville, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) plums, drained, pitted and chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • HARD SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum or orange juice

Nutritional Facts

550 calories: 1 slice with 2 tablespoons sauce, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 98g carbohydrate (80g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein .

Directions

  1. Generously grease an 8-cup pudding mold, metal gelatin mold or ovenproof bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, flour, orange peel, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in plums, dates, raisins, carrots and currants.
  3. Transfer to prepared pudding mold. Cover tightly with heavy-duty foil; tie foil with kitchen string to secure.
  4. Place on a rack in a stockpot; add 3 in. of hot water to pot. Bring water to a gentle boil; steam cake, covered, 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; add additional water to pot as needed. Remove pudding from pot; let stand 5 minutes before unmolding.
  5. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat hard sauce ingredients until smooth and creamy. Unmold pudding onto a serving plate; serve warm with sauce. Yield: 12 servings (1-1/2 cups sauce).
Originally published as Tiny Tim's Plum Pudding in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p29


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joan snow
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"excellent this is just like my grandmother made 71 years ago"

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chervestad
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"This was horrible!! Either something is wrong with the recipe or I don't know how to steam pudding. It never set up, just looked like soup. I had to throw all of it away."

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