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Tiny Tim's Plum Pudding

 Tiny Tim's Plum Pudding
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
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours

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

Directions

  • Generously grease an 8-cup pudding mold, metal gelatin mold or
  • ovenproof bowl.

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Tiny Tim's Plum Pudding (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • Transfer to prepared pudding mold. Cover tightly with heavy-duty
  • foil; tie foil with kitchen string to secure.
  • 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.
  • 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).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice with 2 tablespoons hard sauce equals 550 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 292 mg sodium, 98 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein.