First blogged this series of posts in 2007. It is a fantastic recipe and SO easy. Fabulous results guaranteed!


  • a big glass, china or stainless steel bowl


  • 900g of dried fruit. I used one 375g packet each of raisins and dried mixed fruit, along with some chopped figs, & some chopped prunes to make up the weight. You could add glace fruits like ginger, apricot and pineapple, or chopped dates. More currants if you like them. It’s the end weight of 900g that’s important.

  • the zest of one orange

  • 1 cup (measured afterchopping) of unsalted nuts. I used a mixture of almonds, pecans, walnuts and Brazil nuts. After I had chopped them up I toasted them in a pan on top of the stove for extra flavour. We like the nuts to be quite defined in the pudding. You can chop yours smaller if you prefer. You could also choose to use just almonds, or just walnuts, the choice is entirely yours.

  • 2 under-ripe pears, grated. These add flavour and moistness to the…

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