How To Make A Vegan Christmas Pudding
Just because you are vegan it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on enjoying a Christmas pudding. Christmas pudding is usually made with suet which is made from animal fat. But there is vegetarian suet as an alternative which is made from vegetable fat like palm oil and rice flour. It looks similar to the commercial suet and it’s a great substitute for vegetarian or vegan recipes where suet is needed.
What you'll need:
500 grams of mixed fruit soaked in brandy
120 grams plain flour
8oz vegetarian suet
½ teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon ginger
8oz Dark brown soft
1 cup rice milk
Grated zest and 1 orange juice
1 tablespoon black treacle
Put soaked mixed fruit and brandy into a big bowl. Add the flour, suet, mixed spices, treacle, ginger, orange zest and juice. Mix all the ingredients well into a moist mixture.
Grease inside pudding basin and transfer mixture into pudding basin. Cover with grease proof paper and foil. Tie a string round it and steam in a large saucepan with boiling water, steam for 4 – 5 hours on very low heat. Check water level in pan during cooking and add more water if needed.
Remove from pan after steaming and cool for 30 minutes. Remove string, foil and grease proof paper. Use a table knife to run around the edge of pudding and carefully remove it from the basin. Allow it to cool down completely if you are not serving the pudding straight away. Wrap the pudding in foil, store in a cool and dry place until you are ready to use it.
This vegan Christmas pudding can be varied according to your taste and made sweeter if you wish. You can sprinkle some brandy and sherry onto the pudding while storing it. This will help to keep the pudding fresh for a long time and it will taste even better. It’s best to make this pudding two weeks before Christmas, by then all the flavours will have really matured. On Christmas day cover and re-steam the pudding for 2 – 3 hours and serve with desired topping.
You can add any alcohol you wish to the pudding.
You can buy vegetarian suet from Tesco, Waitrose or online sites.
You can add ground almonds and breadcrumbs if you want.
You can decorate your pudding with a plastic holly berry.