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solstice-pudding recipe

Date:    Mon, 20 Dec 93 09:02:47 EST
 From:    Christina Hulbe (chulbe@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu)
 New World Solstice Pudding
                          by C. Hulbe
 1    Cup  whole wheat flour
           or 3/4 Cup flour and 1/4 Cup fine corn meal
 1/2  Cup  unbleached all-purpose flour
 1    tsp  baking powder
 2    tsp  baking soda
 1/2  Cup  blackstrap molasses
 1/2  Cup  boiling water
 1    Cup  cranberries
 1         medium apple, in fine mince or grated
 1/3  Cup  pitted prunes, snipped
 spices: include any or all, to your taste
 1    tsp  cinnamon
 1/2  tsp  nutmeg
 2    tsp  crystallized ginger, minced
 1    tsp  dried orange peel
 1/2  tsp  dried lemon peel
   Thoroughly coat a 1 quart double-boiler with non-stick
 cooking spray.  Stir baking soda into molasses and set
 aside.  Boil cranberries in the water for 4 minutes.
 Stir apple into berries and cook one minute longer.  Stir
 prunes into the other fruit.  In a medium mixing bowl,
 stir together flours, baking powder, and spices.  Mix
 molasses and fruit into flour.  Pour batter into
 prepared mold, cover tightly (if double-boiler lid is not
 snug, seal with aluminum foil) and steam for 3 to 4 hours,
 until the pudding is firm.  Remove mold from the pan and
 let stand 30 minutes.
   Loosen pudding with flexible spatula and invert it onto
 a serving plate.  Cut into wedges and serve with sauce
 (suggestions below).
   If cooked (and stored cool) ahead of time, the pudding
 may be warmed by re-steaming in the double boiler for 30
 to 45 minutes.
   The pudding may also be cooked in a traditional mold,
 it will require about half as much time to cook.
 Sauce possibilities include:
 1) A mixture of equal parts confectioner's sugar and
 water or apple cider, boiled together for a few minutes,
 enriched with soymilk or brandy (several Tbsp for 1/2
 Cup sugar) just before serving.
 2) Apple butter, thinned with water or apple cider, heated
 just until it comes to the boil, and enriched with brandy
 just before serving.
 kwvegan vegan