Eight treasure wok pudding - ba bao guo zheng

Wok-fried nuts and a fusion of fabulous dried fruits make up this unusual Eastern inspired dessert from Fuchsia Dunlop
By Fuchsia Dunlop
Eight treasure wok pudding - ba bao guo zheng
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 225 ml groundnut oil, r lard
  • 25 g kernels walnuts
  • 75g assortment of dried or candied fruits, (e.g. 15g dates, 25g glace cherries, 20g mixed candied peel, 15g dried blueberries)
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 100 g caster sugar


1. Fry the walnuts in just enough oil to cover them (about 75ml) over a medium flame, until they are golden and fragrant. Remove, drain and chop into small pieces.

2. Finely chop all the dried and candied fruits.

3. Heat the rest of the oil in a wok over a medium flame. Add all the flour and stir-fry for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the wok. Turn the heat down if the flour is at risk of burning.

4. When the mixture is turning a little yellow and smells cooked and cakey, stand back from the wok and pour in some boiling water (steam will whoosh up out of the wok). Stir in the sugar, give it a few seconds to dissolve, and then mix in all the nuts and dried fruits. Mix well adding a little more oil if necessary to moisten it, and then tip on to a serving plate. Eat while hot.

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