PLUM PUDDINGS…

I have just finished making Plum Puddings in our Fowlers Preserving Unit, which I think is very similar to the water bath method.

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These are great to have in the pantry, just make a bit of custard and hey presto there’s dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups mixed fruit or

6 cups of mixed fruit and 1  1/2 cups chopped dates and 1  1/2 cups chopped raisins

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar (I use raw)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 250 grams butter
  • 2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups SR flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 cans pineapple pieces (optional)

Place the mixed fruit (dates and raisins) orange juice, sugars, salt and butter into a large saucepan.  Heat gently until butter has melted, bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 8 minutes.  Remove from heat and add bicarbonate of soda.

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Melting the butter and bringing the mixture to the boil.
Allow mixture to become cold before adding eggs, rum, sifted flours and spices, mix well.

All mixed together ready to put into jars.
All mixed together ready to put into jars.

Grease the bottles well with butter.

No 2 daughter greased them well
No 2 daughter greased them well

I used 5 no 31 Fowlers Bottles, because they are easy to warm up and slide the pudding out, and I don’t have enough of the proper pudding ones.

Clean rim on bottles and add rings, fill bottles to 3/4 full, leaving a couple of inches at top for pudding to expand.

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Bottles ready with rings and No 2 son
Place on lids and clips (I always use 2 clips per bottle) and put into preserving unit.

Ready in preserver
Ready in preserver

Processing times:

Royal Electric preserver: Process on Hold Boil for 2 hours and 30 minutes

Year Rounder preserver: Process for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Stove-top preserver: Bring temperature up to boiling (100 degrees C) which should take between 45 – 60 minutes, maintain at this temperature for 2 hours.

When processing finished:

Leave clips on bottles for a further 12 – 18 hours before removing. Store bottles in a cool, dark place.

FURTHER NOTES:

  • I don’t usually add the rum as I never seem to have any on hand. They still taste good though.
  • Always cover the bottles with cold water to start.
  • I don’t use the proper Fowlers Pudding bottles, as I don’t have enough and they aren’t big enough.
  • To remove the pudding from the jar, place the bottle in a jug of hot water or remove ring, clips and lid and place in microwave for approx. 1 min to heat.  Place butter knife down the sides to loosen the pudding and slide out.  (mostly this works and you can cut them into rounds, but sometimes you just have to scoop them out of the jars – they still taste the same though)

ENJOY!!!

JUST A QUICK NOTE TO MAKE THESE PUDDINGS EASIER TO GET OUT.  A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE TRIED THIS THE OTHER DAY AND USED BAKING PAPER (GREASE PROOF PAPER) ON THE INSIDE BEFORE FILLING THE JAR.

SO GREASE THE BOTTLE FIRST, PLACE THE PAPER AROUND THE INSIDE OF THE BOTTLE AND FILL WITH PUDDING MIXTURE AS NORMAL. THE PUDDING WILL SLIDE OUT A LOT EASIER.

THANK YOU SHARON FOR YOUR GREAT IDEA.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “PLUM PUDDINGS…”

    1. I believe they would last over 12 months, they never last that long here as they always get eaten. I have preserved fruit that I have done in the Fowlers Preserver and I would still use it after 2 years. They are sealed so no air can get into them. I’m not sure how they would go in a water bath method, but if they are sealed and cooked it shouldn’t really be an issue. In the Royal Electric preserver (big stainless one with thermostat) the water doesn’t boil but in the All Rounder preserver the water does boil. Hope this helps, Blessings.

        1. Good morning Mrs Abella, I look forward to hearing how these puddings go! We live in Western Victoria, Australia. It’s a great area to live in, at the moment it is still beautiful and green. With summer on the way the days are starting to warm up. Where abouts are you situated? Blessings Terri

          1. We are in southeast Kansas, US. Australia sounds wonderful–would love to visit during your summers–that would be right during our cold/snow/ice season. 🙂 I’ve only seen Australia in pictures, but looks to be a beautiful place! 🙂

          2. I am going to look up Kansas on the internet now and get a picture of where you live. I have heard of it. Australia is beautiful and we are blessed to live here. We have been to most states but it is a big country to get around. My husband and I grew up 2 states apart and came together at a youth assembly. I moved from sunny Qld to cold Victoria before we got married. I would actually love to visit you during the winter and experience real snow and cold. We are funny people aren’t we??!! Blessings Terri

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