1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups peeled and grated Jonagold or Golden Delicious apples
1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans


1. Grease a 1 1/2-quart pudding mold. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and lemon zest. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt and add to butter mixture. Stir in apples, currants and pecans.
2. Spread mixture in greased mold. Cover tightly. Place mold in large pot; add boiling water to reach halfway up sides of mold. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 2 hours.
3. Remove pudding from pot and let cool 10 minutes. Unmold onto serving dish. Serve hot or at room temperature.

The grated apple practically melts into the pudding base in this recipe that updates the traditional pudding with aromatic cinnamon and cardamom.

Apple Pudding
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