My Nan used to make this for me, for as long of my life as I can remember, until she became to frail to do so. It’s based on copha, which is quite unusual.
She always boiled it in a pudding cloth so that it could hang for several weeks to mature.
It’s really delicious, so I’ve decided to share it- recipes this good need to be remembered and used.
It will always be known as Nanna Little Car’s Christmas Pudding, owing to the fact that she drove a bright pink Mini. The only change I’ve made is to convert to metric measurements.
Nanna Little Car’s Christmas Pudding
250g brown sugar
½ tablespoon treacle
4 large or 5 small eggs
125g mixed peel
125g whole almonds or a few drops of almond essence
¾ cup brandy
125g plain flour
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon mixed spice
1 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
Mix the copha, softened, with sugar and eggs. Add remaining ingredients and boil 5 hours.