This was fantastic! I didn't use nuts, citrus or cherries, just mixed fruit and some prunes diced the same size as sultanas (just went by eyeballing the prune amounts). Took it to my Father's house for Christmas Day and everybody went back for seconds, we served it warm with brandy custard or thickened cream and it was so delicious. I didn't cook it the full time as I checked it about 15 minutes before and a skewer inserted in the middle showed it was cooked. I then smeared about 1 tblspn of bourbon over the top and just trimmed the non-stick paper so it was level with the cake and wrapped in foil which helped to soften the top of the cake (it steams) so that it's like the commercial types with the soft, smooth top and not rock hard. I put it in the fridge overnight, next morning left the non-stick paper on, double wrapped in plastic wrap and once in foil again and stored in fridge for five days and it traveled in an old biscuit tin. Seriously wonderful and can I say it blew all the other plum puddings and celebratin cakes that I had bought from the supermarket out of the water? It did. No sooner had I cut a slice, then someone would grab it. Oh yeah, boil the ingredients in a sort of larger style saucepan because the baking soda makes things bubble up.
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This was fantastic! I didn't use nuts, citrus or cherries, just mixed fruit and some prunes...