Beetroot, Raisin & Stem Ginger Pudding
Give your Christmas pudding a healthy twist this year with the addition of beetroot.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours
3tbsp golden syrup
100g vegetable suet
80g dark brown sugar
50g wholemeal breadcrumbs
50g self raising flour
1tsp ground mixed spice
125g plain cooked (vacuum packed) beetroot, drained
100g stem ginger, finely chopped
Crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream
You will also need
1 ½ pint pudding basin, well greased with butter
Baking paper, string & tin foil
What to do
Pour the golden syrup into the greased pudding basin and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the suet, sugar, raisins, breadcrumbs, flour and mixed spice.
Puree the beetroot in a food processor, add the eggs and blend together well. Pour into the mixing bowl, along with the stem ginger, and stir thoroughly.
Pour the mix into the pudding basin and pat well down with the back of a spoon. Cover with a layer of baking paper and tie securely with string, then cover with a double layer of foil.
Carefully lower the pudding into a large pan of hot water, ensuring the water comes no further than half way up the basin. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 3 hours, checking every now and then that there is plenty of water in the pan, topping up if necessary.
Carefully take the pudding out of the pan, remove the foil and greaseproof and invert onto a serving plate. Serve with custard, crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream.
Recipe courtesy of Love Beetroot
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