This gives a very moist pudding which is only just sliceable before it collapses, possibly the result of the quantity alcohol. Just how much is a bottle of stout after all?
Still in the old pre-metric weights. 1 lb = 450 grams (roughly)
1/2 lb white breadcrumbs
1/2 lb brown sugar
1/2 lb melted butter
1/2 lb each raisins, currants, sultanas, and 3/4 lb large raisins (making up 2 - 2 1/4 lb mixed fruit)
1/4 lb mixed peel (often left out in this family)
2 oz chopped almonds
a grated apple
bottle of stout
1/2 glass whiskey
1/2 oz mixed spice
1/2 grated nutmeg
Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl, adding the melted butter. Beat eggs thoroughly and add to the bowl. Mix well. Add the grated apple. Lastly stir in whiskey and stout.
Keep the mixture in a cool place, stirring every day for a week. Put into a buttered bowl (I use two for this amount of mixture) with a round of buttered greaseproof paper in the bottom. Cover with another piece of greaseproof and then with foil over the top (used to be muslin). Boil slowly for 7 hours making sure it doesn't boil dry. On Christmas Day boil for another two hours.
I have tried cooking it in a microwave and in a pressure cooker, but slow boiling is by far the best for a deep flavour and colour.