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What you need:

50g (2oz) raisins
25g (1oz) sultanas
25g (1oz) glacé cherries, halved
25g (1oz) ready to eat prunes, chopped
25g (1oz) dried apricots, chopped
25g (1oz) dried dates or figs, chopped
25g (1oz) dried cranberries
1/2 large orange, grated rind and juice
1/2 large lemon, grated rind and juice
1/2  cooking apple, skin on, chopped finely in a food processor
15g (1/2 oz) fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
1/4tsp ground mace
1/2tsp ground nutmeg
25g (1oz) flaked almonds or pine nuts (optional)
50g (2oz) gram Doves Farm gluten free plain flour
1 egg
75ml brandy or extra fruit juice, or a combination of the two
ladleful of brandy or whisky for flaming

What you do:

Mix all the fruits with the spices and nuts, if you are using them, and flours in a large bowl. Mix in the egg and brandy or fruit juices. Stir thoroughly. Spoon into a bowl big enough to be able to leave approx 3cm/1 inch space at the top. Cover with a double thickness of greaseproof paper and secure with rubber bands or string.

Put in a large saucepan with water 2/3 of the way up the bowl. Bring to a gentle boil, cover the pan and steam for 2-3 hours. Remove from the pan, replace the greaseproof paper with fresh, and store in a cool place till needed.

To serve, either re-steam for 2 hours or heat in a microwave (good but not quite as good as steaming) for 2-3 minutes. Warm a ladleful of brandy over the heat, pour over the pudding and light.

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