We’ve found the ultimate warming pud for those chilly winter nights. Kirstie Allsopps’s spiced plum pudding is the perfect ending for a family Sunday lunch. With a layer of juicy, fruity plums sat on a base of warm sponge they are the ultimate comfort food and grandparents will love this one too.
Preheat the oven to 180°C, (160°C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 4.
Halve the plums and remove the stones, then chop into quarters. Tip into a pan with 3tbsp water and 2tbsp sugar. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until soft.
Beat the remaining ingredients in bowl until smooth.
Butter 4 x 150ml (¼pt) metal pudding basins (or ramekins or small robust coffee cups) and place into a roasting tin.
Spoon the plums into the pudding basins. Top with the sponge and level the tops.
Pour hot water into the roasting tin until about halfway up the sides of the puddings. Cover the whole tin with foil, carefully transfer to the oven (taking care to keep the tin level) and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and turning golden at the edges.
Turn the puddings out and serve with freshly made custard.
Tip: Add any spices you like to the pudding – you could just add a good pinch or two of mixed spice or just the cinnamon. Try this recipe with cooked apples or pears when in season.