Christmas carrot pudding

Serves: 4-6
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours



100g/3.5oz plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp of mixed spice
100g/4oz suet
100g/4oz raisins
100g/4oz currants
100g/4oz potato, grated
100g/4oz carrots, grated
100g/4oz Demerara sugar
100g/4oz fine breadcrumbs
25g/1oz chopped glace cherries
1 large egg, beaten


1. Mix the flour, soda, spice well together. Add all the other ingredients except the egg and mix well and thoroughly. Then add the egg and bind well, if it is a little too stiff, add a little milk as well. Pour into a large greased pudding basin, leaving space at the top as the mixture will expand during cooking.

2. Cover with a double layer of greaseproof paper and tie with string. Steam for 3hrs. Serves with loads of custard, brandy sauce or double cream.

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