With the festive season fast approaching, FREEE by Doves Farm ensures that those on a gluten free diet can enjoy home baking this Christmas. With a range of delicious Christmas recipes that the whole family will enjoy, festive free from baking couldn’t be easier. From a delicious fruity Christmas Cake through to a luxurious Chocolate Christmas Pudding, all of the recipes are gluten free, making Christmas entertaining easy for everyone.
Chop the cherries and dates into a large mixing bowl, add the raisins, currants, oil, water and treacle. Cover and leave the mixture to stand for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Rub some oil around the sides of a 1lt/2pt pudding basin then cut two circles of greaseproof or parchment paper the size of the top of the pudding basin.
Grate the plain chocolate into a bowl, add the flour, cocoa and mixed spice and stir to combine.
Stir in the soaked fruit mixture.
Pour everything into the prepared pudding basin, pushing it down and smoothing the top.
Cover the top of the puddings with the prepared paper circle
Spread tin foil over the top of the pudding basin, tucking it in well around the outer rim.
Place the pudding basin in saucepan, then fill with water until it is half way up basin.
Put the lid on the saucepan and boil for 4 hours, check regularly, adding extra boiling water to maintain the water level. If using a pressure cooker see the manufacturer’s instructions.
Carefully remove the pudding and cool, without removing the foil or greaseproof paper.
Store the pudding until required, for up to a month.
Before eating, remove and refresh the foil and paper layers.
Place the pudding basin in a saucepan, fill with water until it is half way up the basin and steam for 1 hour or see pressure cooker instructions.
Alternatively remove the foil and paper, spread plastic wrap over the top of the pudding basin and make some holes in the top. Microwave on full power for 3 minutes, leave to stand for 1 minute then microwave on full power for a further 2 minutes. Check that it is heated through.
Remove all foil, paper and plastic wrap, place a plate on top of the pudding basin and carefully invert the pudding.
Flaming the Pudding
Put the warm Christmas pudding on a heatproof plate.
Measure the rum into a small saucepan and warm it over gentle heat without letting it boil.
Remove the pan from the heat, tilt it sideways and carefully ignite the fumes with a match or lighter. Immediately pour the flaming liquid over the pudding.
Before the flame subsides, tilt the plate and spoon any liquid back over the pudding.
1lt/2pt pudding basin, tin foil, greaseproof or parchment paper
Free From and Dietary Notes
Free from Gluten, Egg, Soya, Wheat, Dairy and Nuts. Vegetarian and Vegan