Patsy's Christmas Pudding
Make Ahead Tip: If you like, the pudding can be made up to 1 month in advance. Unmold it, sprinkle with 1/2 cup brandy, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place. To heat before serving, unwrap and put back in the mold; steam for 45 minutes.
Equipment: 2-quart pudding mold or deep heatproof bowl
Tips: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup crumbs.
To toast whole nuts: Spread nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.
1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat