Low Fat Christmas Pudding

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01/11/2006 at 15:06
Does anyone have the low fat Christmas pudding recipe that appeared in Runners World last year (2005). I think it was either in October or November and I seemed to have mistakenly thrown out the magazine. That'll teach me to tidy up.

If anyone has that issue and would be willing to email me the recipe I'd be very grateful. I made it last year and it went down a storm with my family so would like to do it again. Cheers
01/11/2006 at 18:46
Believe it or not, I have been carrying this around in my diary after cutting it out last year - with the intention of making it last Christmas but never getting round to it:

225g dates
150ml apple or orange juice
125g raisins
125g sultanas
60g oats
60g wholemeal flour
1 large carrot, finely grated
1 banana, mashed
1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon
2 tablespoons brandy
150ml skimmed milk

1. place half the dates and fruit juice in a saucepan abd bring to boil. Turn off heat and leave for 30 mins. Mash with a fork.
2. Place the remaining ingredients with the date puree in a large bowl and mix well. Add a little extra milk if necessary until you have a soft mixture that falls heavily from the spoon.
3. Line a 900ml pudding basin with greaseproof paper and a piece of foil. Tie down securely with string. Place the basin in a large saucepan and pour enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides. Bring to the boil, the cover the pan and steam for 4 hours. Check the water level regularly and top up with boiling water when necessary.
4. Remove the pudding from the pan and allow it to cool before storing in a cool dry place.
5. Steam the pudding for an hour before serving, the remove the paper and foil and turn it out on a warmed plate.

My goodness, it's become like the baking hour on here......

Hope this helps. I may even get round to trying it myself this year.
02/11/2006 at 15:10
That sounds really yummy - I'll have to print off the thread.
02/11/2006 at 16:07
4 hours, plus the preparation, that's half a day!

I'd rather eat a normal fat one, microwaved in 2mins, then go for a run!
02/11/2006 at 20:43
Gosh, that sounds terribly worthy!

I'm with Siance - you can buy such nice ready-made Christmas puds that it isn't worth all the kerfuffle of assembling and steaming them yourself.
03/11/2006 at 11:07
Yeah but its not as satisfying as knowing you made it yourself. Ideally you are supposed to make it well in advance and then keep it for a couple of weeks for the flavours to develop.
03/11/2006 at 11:27
Having made loads of Christmas puddings in the past, all I ever felt was relief when they didn't turn into cannonballs during the steaming process. And compliments on how nice they were tended to be followed up with "Have you tried the ones from M&S/Waitrose/Aldi? They're gorgeous!"

I'm not convinced that making my own Christmas cake is worthwhile either. My kids have requested a "Mont Blanc Googlehump Cake" this year, which has no fruit, no nuts, no spices, no molasses, and no marzipan.
03/11/2006 at 12:26
Maybe you have to enjoy baking
03/11/2006 at 13:02
My sister-in-law isn't too keen on Crimbo puds. Fine by me cos she gets sticky toffee pudding in as well to compensate.

Big yum!
03/11/2006 at 14:29
Not that keen on the trad ones, I'll eat a bit if forced. I usually get the sticky toffee xmas pud instead. It doesn't have hard bits, currency or small twigs like my mum's used to!
03/11/2006 at 14:40
I have to make my own xmas pud, that's half the fun! I use my great-grandmother's secret recipe, it is a family tradition - surely that is what xmas is all about? (or is it something about religion, i forget)
And it tastes nicer than the shop ones (even though i do say so myself)

And can I just say 'microwave a xmas pud' that's sacrilage that is! :0)
03/11/2006 at 22:10
Christmas comes but once a year.

Double helpings for me please!
04/11/2006 at 16:16
sticky toffee pudding wins hands down
04/11/2006 at 20:21
Anyone got a recipe for healthy sticky toffee pudding?

04/11/2006 at 20:33
The above recipe looks pretty sticky yo me - lots of dates like sticky toffee pudding.
04/11/2006 at 22:25
Tradition?! Sorry Sweetie, chocolate is the true spirit of Christmas.

And alcohol

And lay-ins

And to ease the conscience a nice boxing day run..
07/11/2006 at 13:19
Thanks very much for the recipe much appreciated.

It tasted just like an ordinary pudding and you can feel virtuous because it's not as many calories, or make up for the missing calories with alcohol.
07/11/2006 at 13:29
Ah, now we get to the truth of it. ;o)

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