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Eight Precious Pudding

Fruits, Desserts, and Other Sweet Foods

Eight Precious Pudding
1 and 1/2 cups sweet (glutinous) rice
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon corn oil
12 preserved Chinese dates
6 preserved Chinese plums
36 raisons
6 pieces preserved or canned red cherries
6 candied lotus nuts
1 cup walnuts, blanched
12 dried watermelon seeds
12 dragon longans, seeded
1. Wash rice, them put into a pot with six cups of cold water. Boil until soft, about sixty minutes, then mix in the sugar.
2. Rub a steamer-proof bowl with butter or oil. Arrange the fruit in an attractive pattern and cover with the cooked rice in such as way as not to disturb the pattern.
3. Steam for ninety minutes, then remove bowl from the steamer and immediately invert it on to a platter.
Note: One can add a sauce before or after inverting the pudding. To make one: Bring one half cup sugar, one teaspoon of cornstarch, and one cup of water to the boil. Boil it for one minute then pour over the rice before or after inverting it on to a platter.

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