1/4 cup of mixed peel (dried orange and lemon peel)
1 cup compact brown sugar
125g of butter
1 cup of cold water
1 tsp bicarb soda
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup of plain flour, sifted
1 and a 1/2 or 2 tsp of mixed spice (depends on your personal preference)
1/4 cup of brandy (alternatively I use orange juice because we don't buy brandy)
1**You can do this part on the stove top or in your slow cooker- if doing it in the slow cooker do it on low for about 2 hours**
2Place all of the dried fruit, sugar, butter and water in a saucepan (or do it in slow cooker) and simmer for 5-10 minutes past the time the butter has melted. Remove from heat and stir in the bicarb soda. Leave the mixture to cool. (If you used the sc transfer it to a bowl before adding the bicarb)
3Stir in the sifted flour, spices, eggs and brandy/ or juice and mix thoroughly (do not do this until the fruit has cooled because it will go lumpy)
4Spoon into your greased pudding steamer and smooth the surface, do not overfill because it will rise slightly. And place the lid on firmly.
5Place in slow cooker and carefully pour in boiling water half way up the side of the steamer. Put on low for about 6 hours and top with boiling water if necessary.
6Stand for (at least) 10 minutes before serving.
7(If you wrap this in plastic wrap and then foil it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months or frozen for 12)