125gvegetable suetyou can use normal suet, but it makes a very small difference to the overall flavour. Using vegetable suet also makes the Christmas pudding vegetarian
1large orangezest and juice
4tbspdark or spiced rumalternatively use brandy
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dried fruit, cranberries, dates, ginger, nuts, sugar, suet, mixed spice, orange zest and some off the juice.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add to the mixture with the milk, mix thoroughly. Then add the breadcrumbs, flour and rum.
Ensure the ingredients are mixed well and transfer to a greased pudding basin.
Cut a disc of greaseproof paper the same size as the pudding top and place directly on top of the pudding batter, on top of the bowl. Next wrap the entire pudding basin in a layer of greaseproof paper, then a layer of tin foil.
Steam for 3 hours, checking often to make sure the water doesn’t evaporate. Add more water to the pan if necessary.