Put the first eight ingredients into a large mixing bowl, stir well and leave for an hour or two if you have time or preferably overnight. This will ensure that you create a beautifully moist, soft and plump pudding. (Tip: if you're making the pudding at the last minute, pop the mixing bowl and first eight ingredients into a microwave, heat for 5 minutes and leave for 15. This will help plump up the fruit.)
Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl, mix well and then pour into a greased pudding basin with lid, leaving at least an inch (2.5cm) at the top to allow the pudding to rise. Secure the lid (or make a cover with greaseproof paper and foil secured in place with a rubber band). Place the bowl on a trivet in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker and fill with water until it reaches approximately halfway up the basin inside. Once your cooker is up to full pressure, cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Keep an eye on the water level as you may need to top it up at least once. Switch off the power and leave the cooker to gently reduce pressure. Open the lid and check the pudding is cooked by inserting a skewer or toothpick. It should come out clean. If not, put it back in the cooker and pressurize for around another 30 minutes.
Once cooked, you can serve the pudding straight away if you want to. Alternatively, if storing, remove and place the pudding on a large sheet of foil. Make 10-12 small holes in the top of the pudding with a skewer, and "feed" the pudding with brandy or whisky every few weeks. Keep tightly wrapped in the foil until Christmas Day.
To serve: Remove the pudding from the foil and tip it onto a serving plate. Microwave for 8-10 minutes to reheat. Serve with cream, vanilla ice cream, custard sauce or brandy butter or even all of them!
If you want to set light to the pudding at the table in traditional British fashion, here are my tips for a safe, yet dramatic and exciting result that'll give your guests a real wow factor. Place the pudding in the centre of the table so that it doesn't have to be moved while it's alight. Check there's nothing nearby that's flammable and tell your guests to have their cameras ready. Heat a little brandy or whisky in the microwave for approximately one minute until it's sizzling hot. Turn out the lights, pour the alcohol over the top of the pudding, and put a flame to it. When the flames disappear, cut and serve.
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|Serving Size: 1 (623g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1|
|Calories from Fat: 40 (16%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 4.5g||6 %|
|Saturated Fat 2.7g||14 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.2g|
|Cholesterol 19.6mg||6 %|
|Sodium 515.8mg||18 %|
|Potassium 970.2mg||26 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 36.5g||11 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.4g||1 %|
|Sugars, other 36.1g|
|Protein 17g||24 %|
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Calories per serving: 246
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