Low Fat Christmas pudding

Calories per serving 210.


serves 8.
100 g (3 1/2 oz) raisins
100 g (3 1/2 oz) sultanas
100 g (3 1/2 oz) currants
150 ml (5 fl oz) hot, freshly made black tea
50 g (1 3/4 oz) glace cherries, chopped
100 g (3 1/2 oz) carrots, grated
2 tablespoons rum or brandy
finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
75 g (2 3/4 oz) self raising white flour
2 teaspoons mixed spice
75 g (2 3/4 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
50 g (1 3/4 oz) muscovado sugar
1 egg, beaten
low fat cooking spray


1. Place the raisins, sultanas and currants in a large mixing bowl and pour over the hot tea. Leave to stand for 1 hour or until the fruit soaks up most of the tea.

2. Stir the glace cherries, carrots, rum or brandy, and orange zest and juice into the soaked fruit.

3. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl with the mixed spice, stir in the breadcrumbs, sugar and the fruit mixture.

4. Add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly.

5. Lightly spray a 1.2 litre (2 pint) pudding basin with low fat cooking spray and spoon the pudding mixture into it.

6. Level the surface with the back of a spoon and cover the basin with a double layer of pleated non stick baking parchment. Secure the parchment with string.

7. Pour some water into the base of a steamer or large saucepan with a tight fitting lid.

8. Place the pudding in the steamer or pan, making sure that the water comes a quarter of the way up the sides of the basin.

9. Steam for 2 1/2 hours.

10. Carefully remove the pudding from the pan or steamer

11. Take off the baking parchment and run a round bladed knife around the edge of the basin.

12. Turn out the pudding on to a serving plate.

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