With Stir-It Up Sunday in a few days and lots of Christmas events coming up, I wanted to create a recipe for individual Christmas Puddings that could be made easily with a group of young children or at home as a more child-friendly alternative to the usual Christmas Pudding. I happen to love Christmas pudding, but lots of people, adults and children, aren't so keen. The flavours are strong and it can be heavy.
I have tried to stay as close as possible to our much-loved family recipe, while also making it lighter, alcohol-free, and even easier to make. I've also thrown in some dark chocolate chips that definitely weren't in the original, but work well with the dried fruit and apple.
My plan is to lay the ingredients out in a line and give each little chef a bowl and spoon. Then all they need to do is go down the line, putting each ingredient in turn into their bowl. I'm hoping this will limit the potential for chaos. And given that the first event I'm making these at will have over 40 children, I'm going to need all the help I can get!
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Mini Light Christmas Pudding - makes 1 portion
Ingredients per child:
1 tbsp sultanas or raisins
1 tbsp mixed peel
1 tbsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp currants
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp whisked egg (approx 1/3 egg)
1 tbsp golden syrup
2 tbsp grated apple
1/2 tbsp rapeseed (vegetable) oil
2 tbsp self-raising flour
1/4 tsp mixed spice
Equipment per child
Small round foil pie dish (approx internal diameter 9.5cm, base diameter 6.5cm) or x2 silicone cupcake cases
Equipment to share
1 tbsp measure x4
1/2 tbsp measure x1
1/4 tsp measure x1
Roasting tray (deep sides)
- Grate apple/s (mix with a little lemon juice to prevent going too brown).
- Whisk egg/s.
- Layout ingredients and equipment.
- Preheat oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
Instructions per child
1. Put 1 tbsp of sultanas, mixed peel, cranberries, currants, chocolate chips, egg and golden syrup into the bowl.
2. Put 2 tbsp of grated apple into the bowl.
3. Put 1/2 tbsp of oil into the bowl.
4. Put 3 tbsp of flour into the bowl.
5. Put 1/4 tsp mixed spice into the bowl.
6. Mix, mix, mix. Don’t forget to make a wish!
7. Spoon the mixture into the foil dish.
8. Put the dish into the roasting tray.
Adult Cooking Instructions
Put 1 cm of boiling water into the bottom of the tray. Cover the tray with foil. Put into a low oven (about 150C/300F/Gas 2) for about 45 minutes. Decorate the puddings with icing sugar and Christmas Cake decorations (optional). Or wrap them and keep in the fridge until ready to eat. They don’t have alcohol so they won’t keep like normal Christmas pudding - only a few days. To reheat, steam again for about 10 minutes until warmed through or take out of the foil and reheat in the microwave.
Allergy & other notes
- Egg allergy: use 1 tbsp natural yoghurt
- Dairy allergy: use dairy-free chocolate chips or leave out.
- Gluten allergy: use gluten free flour.
You can make a larger pudding or a few at the same time by multiplying the recipe by 3 (=1 egg) or 6 (=2 eggs). But if making one large pudding, you'll have to steam it for longer.