vegetarian christmas cake recipe


I need a recipe for a rich fruit christmas cake (pudding like) for someone who is strictly vegetarian. Could you help?



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Nov 18, 2009
The Best Christmas Pudding Recipe
by: Michelle

Hi Michele,

Here is my favorite Christmas pudding recipe. It's rich, decadent with the addition of chocolate and totally vegetarian!

Yield: 3 x 2 pound puddings

10 ounces carrot, grated
zest and juice of 1 medium orange
zest and juice of 1 large lemon
8 ounces light brown sugar
8 ounces raisins
8 ounces golden raisins
8 ounces currants
8 ounces coconut oil (or vegetable shortening)
4 ounces fresh bread crumbs
4 ounces white chocolate chips
4 ounces dark chocolate chips
4 ounces milk chocolate chips
4 ounces all-purpose unbleached flour
1 ounce cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
4 fluid ounces milk

1. Grease 3 x 1.5 quart, rimmed stainless steel bowls.

2. In a very large mixing bowl, place the carrot, lemon zest and juice, orange zest and juice, sugar, raisins, golden raisins, currants, coconut oil and the three kinds of chocolate chips.

3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and spices directly into the mix. Stir to combine.

4. Add the milk and stir until everything is very well combined.

5. Divide the mix evenly into the greased bowls and cover, first with wax paper, then with aluminum foil. Tie with string and make a handle to allow for easy removal from the water bath.

6. Put each pudding into a large saucepan and fill with boiling water to half way up the side of the pudding bowl. Heat on high until water has returned to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover the saucepan with a lid.

7. Steam the puddings for 5-6 hours, topping up the water occasionally to remain at the half way point of the pudding bowls.

8. Remove the foil and wax paper. Run a small spatula around the pudding to loosen and turn out on to a serving plate or allow to cool and package in cellophane and ribbon for gift giving.

Personally, I like the pudding made a few weeks in advance of serving or gift giving. The flavor gets even better with age!

Michelle (editor)

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