( MAKES 2 puddings )
|1 cup||Currants, or diced prunes|
|½ cup||Almonds, chopped|
|3 Tbsp||Mixed spice|
|¾ cup||Rice bran oil, or peanut oil|
|3½ cups||Pitted cherries, fresh or canned, drained|
|200 g||Dark chocolate, minimum 64% cocoa|
|¾ cup||Brown sugar, soft|
|¼ cup||Cocoa powder|
- Mix together the first 10 ingredients and leave for at least 4 hours, or overnight if possible. Add the eggs to the soaked fruit and mix well.
- Mix all dry ingredients together, including chocolate, and with light hands, mix into fruit. Place the mixture into two greased 1-litre pudding basins.
- Cover with greaseproof paper, then take a large piece of tinfoil, fold and pleat in the middle before tightly covering the pudding basins. Tie edges with string to secure the tinfoil tightly.
- For each pudding: In the bottom of a large saucepan place a thick piece of cardboard or a heatproof saucer and lower the pudding on top. Fill each saucepan with enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the basins, then cover with a tightly fitting lid.
- Bring to boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for 4 hours. Be sure to check the water every hour and add extra boiling water to maintain the water level until the pudding is cooked.
Serve with brandy sauce, vanilla icecream, or slightly sweetened creme fraiche