• 125g dairy-free margarine, a little extra for greasing the bowl and paper
• 375g dried figs or dates (or mix both)
• 75ml apple or orange juice (use rum for alcoholic version)
• 350g mixed sultanas and raisins
• 1 large eating apple, peeled, cored and grated
• 85g light brown soft sugar
• 85g dark brown soft sugar
• 100g Julie’s Golden Crackers (crushed finely)
• 100g self-raising flour
• ½ tbsp allspice
Grease a 2-litre pudding bowl with dairy-free margarine, then line the base with a circle of baking parchment. Grease a large sheet of baking parchment, then lay it on top of a large sheet of foil, margarine side up. Fold a pleat in the middle of each sheet.
Roughly chop 125g of the figs/dates and set aside. Put the remaining figs/dates, the dairy-free margarine and the rum into a large food processor and whizz until smooth-ish, then scrape into a large mixing bowl. Tip in the chopped figs/dates, sultanas, raisins, grated apple, sugars, Julie’s Golden Crackers, flour and allspice. Stir everything together, then spoon into a heat resistant bowl or mould.
Cover with the buttered paper-foil sheet, tie with string and trim. Lower into a large saucepan, with upturned saucers or scrunched-up bits of foil in the bottom (so the pud doesn’t touch the bottom), then fill the pan with enough boiling water from the kettle to come halfway up the sides of the bowl. Cover with a lid and simmer for 3 hrs, topping up the water as needed. Remove and leave to cool. Serve at room temperature.