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Christmas Pudding

Canadian Living, December 1984, page 174

1 cup raisins or currants
3⁄4 cup mixed peel
1⁄2 cup canola oil
1⁄2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
11⁄2 teasp cinnamon
1⁄2 teasp ground cloves
1 teasp baking soda
1 cup milk, warm

In bowl mix raisins, peel and canola oil. Mix in sugar. Combine flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt; stir into fruit mixture. Combine soda and warm milk and stir into fruit our mixture (batter will be thin).
Pour batter into a 4 cup (1 L) greased, English pudding basin, mould or bowl. Cover with a double thickness of foil and secure foil with a string or elastic band.
Steam 2 hours. [Note: I pour 1 1/2 cups hot water into a large crockpot, set it to high, place the pudding in the crockpot, place the lid on the crockpot and steam for 3 hours.]
Remove bowl from pot and place in a 350 F oven for 1 to 2 minutes to dry out. Let stand for 20 minutes, then unmould with knife and let cool completely. Wrap in heavy foil and store in cool place for 2 weeks before serving. [Note, we don't let our pudding age for two weeks, it never lasts more than a few hours!]
To reheat: place foil wrapped pudding in 350F oven for 30 to 40 minutes until heated through.
Serve hot with sauce.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Note: the original recipe calls for suet, I replaced the suet with canola oil with very good results.

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