Spent Grain Christmas (in July or not) Pudding

I don’t know about you but Mr BrewSmith and I have been invited to a few ‘Christmas in July’ dinners recently.  We decided to make Christmas pudding for the last one and experimented by adding some spent grain.  It turned out quite well (if I do say so myself).  This hearty, warm, sweet pudding is perfect for a winter’s day, Christmas time or not!

The spent grain adds some nice nuttiness to the Christmas pudding.  Delicious accompaniment to all that fruit.  And did we mention brandy?

We used the microwave to make this recipe as we didn’t have several hours for steaming but you could steam if you preferred.

Recipe adapted from Taste.com.au

(http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/15038/microwave+christmas+pudding)

Ingredients

  • 50g dried apricots, chopped
  • 300g dried mixed fruit
  • 100g moist dried figs, chopped
  • 100g glace mixed fruits (pineapple, figs, apricots, cherries), chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet sherry, dark rum or brandy
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup smooth apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup spent grains (OK wet)
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • Cream, icecream, custard or brandy butter to serve

Directions

  • Place dried and glace fruits in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Pour over sherry. Microwave, covered, on MEDIUM-LOW (30%) for 10 minutes or until fruit is plump and sherry is almost absorbed. Cool.
  • Using electric beaters, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add fruit mixture, apple sauce, flour, spent grain, breadcrumbs and mixed spice. Mix well. Stir in vanilla essence.
  • Lightly grease a 1.5-litre capacity heatproof, microwave-safe pudding basin with butter.  Spoon mixture into basin. Smooth surface. Cover pudding with a double layer baking paper and secure with kitchen string (you might need a friend to help with this)!   Elevate basin on an upturned plate in microwave. Microwave on MEDIUM-LOW (30%) for 45 minutes. Stand in basin for 15 minutes. Insert a skewer into centre, to check if pudding is cooked. Turn out.
  • Serve with cream, icecream, custard or brandy butter.  Poor some more brandy on top if you like.  Why not, it’s Christmas, right?!

    Add a bit of spent grain to your pudding this Christmas in July!

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