As part of the Vegetarian Society #unstuffed campaign this January, day seven brings you ‘Sweetly Spiced Carrot and Walnut Steamed Puds’. To sign up for reguarlar updates from this campaign please go to their website – http://www.unstuffed.org.uk
200g self raising flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
85g vegan margarine
100g granulated sugar
25g desiccated coconut
40g finely chopped walnuts
1 large orange, finely grated zest only
225g carrots, peeled and finely grated
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp vegetarian sherry
150ml soya milk
8 pineapple rings
8 glace cherries (check that they’re vegetarian by making sure they don’t contain E120 or cochineal)
25g flaked almonds, toasted
Few pinches mixed spice
8 sprigs of mint
1 Prepare steamer to hold 8 ramekins (if you don’t have a steamer you can bake them in the oven, but they may be drier).
2 Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, and spices together.
3 Rub in the margarine until the mixture is very fine.
4 Add remaining ingredients, adding enough soya milk to give a soft consistency. Do not over-stir otherwise the mixture will be very heavy.
5 Divide mixture between 8 ramekins. Cover with squares of baking parchment and secure with elastic bands (if baking, you wouldn’t require the parchment to cover the puddings, but you may want to put a circle of parchment in the bottom of the ramekin to help to stop them from sticking when they are turned out).
6 Steam for 35-40 minutes until the top is firm to the touch (alternatively, bake in the oven at 180C for 40 min). Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the ramekins before turning out.
7 Grill the pineapple slices. Ease a knife round the edges of each pudding, lifting the base as you go, and turn out onto warmed plates.
8 Decorate each pud with a slice of grilled pineapple and a cherry, sprinkle with toasted flaked almonds, castor sugar and a dusting of spice.
9 Garnish with a sprig of mint.
10 Serve with soya cream or custard.
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