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
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
Makes10 servings (1-1/4 cups syrup)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon 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
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Silk or plastic holly leaves, optional
- Fresh cranberries, optional
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon; 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 in 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.
Editor's Note: Holly leaves and berries are toxic. Do not use as a garnish.