Sago Plum pudding was a pudding my mother often made during my childhood. I have followed suit with my own children. Although I have changed the recipe over the years. So much so, I doubt she would recognise it now. There are days when you want that rich fruit pudding but you never had the fore thought yesterday to soak the sago. So I came up with this Thermomix® alternative using natural healthier sweeteners. Enjoy this delicious recipe by Vanita.
1 tbspn cocoa powder
60g dried pitted dates
100g self-raising flour
20g tapioca (arrowroot) flour
½ tspn bi-carbonate soda
90g dried mixed fruit
4 prunes, chopped
4 glazed cherried, chopped
4 dried apricots, chopped
1 tbspn dried cranberries
100g full cream milk
90g banana, peeled
5 drops Doterra lemon oil or 2 tspns grated lemon rind
- Grease the TM Esssentials Pudding Steamer with butter. Place a baking paper round in base and apply more butter. Use 1 tbspn cocoa powder to coat the surface of the basin. This step is very important otherwise this recipe won’t release after being steamed.
- Add 60g bread, frozen or fresh, to TM bowl and crumb at Speed 9 for a 5 seconds. Set aside the breadcrumbs in a clean dry mixing bowl.
- Place 60g dried dates in the TM bowl. Chop at Speed 10 for 5 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula to release the crushed dates from the surface of the bowl.
- Add the breadcrumbs back into TM bowl. Add 100g self-raising flour, 20g tapioca flour, and ½ tspn of bi-carbonate soda. Mix at Speed 6 for 10 seconds. The mixture should now be well mixed and even in texture. Set aside these dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
- Weigh 90g dried fruit mix and 1 tbspn dried cranberries and set aside with other dry ingredients.
- Add 25g unsalted butter, 100g full cream milk and 60g honey to TM bowl. Mix at 50°C, Speed 1 for 4 minutes.
- While the Thermomix is melting the butter and honey mix, chop by hand into small pieces 4 prunes, 4 glazed cherries and 4 dried apricots. Add to dry ingredients. Give it a stir by hand using a spatula to incorporate the fruit evenly. Break up any clumps of fruit that may exist in the bowl.
- Add to TM bowl 2 small eggs, a small fresh banana (90g) and 5 drops of Doterra lemon oil or grated lemon rind. Combine at Speed 4 for 20 seconds. Add dry ingredients to TM bowl and mix at Reverse Speed 1 for 15-20 seconds until just combined.
- Pour batter into Pudding Steamer and smooth the surface.
- Secure Pudding Steamer Lid and place in a TM5 Thermomix® Varoma®. Place Varoma lid in position. Put 2 litres of warm tap water in TM bowl. Steam for 60 mins, Varoma temp, Speed 3. When cycle finishes replenish water and steam for a further 60 minutes.
- Carefully remove, discard baking paper and serve hot with ice-cream, custard, cream or syrup.