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 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. 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.