We made 2 small Christmas puddings last weekend and cooked them in the slow cooker for 4 hours. This method creates much less steam in the kitchen and also means that you do not have to be in the kitchen the whole time ready to top up the water as the pan nearly boils dry.
We first started to use this recipe when Mr Shoestring needed a sugar free, egg free pudding, now he does not have to be so careful he still prefers this lighter version to a traditional Christmas pudding. You can set it alight just the same as the usual kind !
11/2 cups of non-dairy milk
1 cup of sugar or sugar equivalent
1 cup currants
1 cup mixed fruit
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon oil
1tsp mixed spice
Mix all the dry ingredients together and add enough of the milk to make a pudding consistency, you might not need all of it. Place half of the mixture in a greased 1pint pudding bowl and cover as usual with pleated greaseproof or foil. Steam in slow cooked for 4 hours.