- 2 cups dried fruit, chopped (dates, raisins, cranberries, prunes, figs, etc.)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust flavour)
- 1/2 cup Maple Cognac or rum
- Butter as needed
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 pinch of fine salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 Pinch of ground cloves
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup maple sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup white bread, crust removed, broken into small pieces
- 1 cup maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust flavour)
- 1/4 cup Maple Cognac or rum
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup instant flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- Macerate the dried fruit in the 125 ml Maple Cognac or rum and the maple syrup for 24 hours.
- Butter a 2-L (8-cup) pudding pan. Set aside.
- In a bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and the spices. Set aside.
- In another bowl, beat together the eggs, butter and maple sugar. Add the milk and the bread, mix to combine, then fold in the dry ingredients and the macerated fruit.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan. Cover with a layer of parchment paper and then aluminum foil; tie with a string to keep the cover snug.
- Place a towel or rack in the bottom of a very large pot. Place the pudding pan on top and pour boiling water around it until it is two-thirds submerged.
- Cover and simmer for 4 hours over low heat. Check water level periodically during cooking. Add water as needed to keep it at the two-thirds level.
- Remove pan from dish and let stand 15 minutes before unmoulding the plum pudding.
- To serve, heat the maple syrup and 60 ml (1/4 cup) Cognac or rum. Brush pudding with warm mixture.
- Mix the butter and flour into what is left of the maple syrup mixture and reduce. Add a pinch of salt and serve alongside the pudding.
This sauce is simply divine! It makes a delicious side to any dessert.
The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.
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