Christmas Pudding Recipe

2 cups plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped prunes
1 cup raisins
1 cup currants
1 cup sultanas
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup cold milk
2 tbsp butter
1 cup boiling water

Brandy butter:
150g butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
3 tbsp brandy

1. Mix flour, mixed spice, salt, sugar and dried fruit. Dissolve the baking soda in milk and stir into the fruit.
2. Stir the butter into the boiling water until it has melted and then combine with the mixture of dried fruit.
3. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge overnight.
4. Spoon mixture into a greased 2 litre pudding basin, then cover it with baking paper and a tight fixing lid.
5. Place bowl in a saucepan of boiling water filled to at least halfway up the side of the bowl. Bring water in saucepan to the boil, then cover and simmer for 4 hours, topping up the water as necessary.
6. To make brandy butter, beat icing sugar and brandy until pale and fluffy, then serve with hot Christmas pudding.