"This has become my family's Christmas pudding," says Sibley. "As we celebrate Christmas in summer in Australia, when stone fruits and berries are in all their glory and panettone graces the shelves of the Mediterranean delis, I bring these flavours together in a festive, fruity, warm but fresh pudding more suited to our climate. Lemon verbena thrives in summer and imparts a delightful flavour that has an affinity with peaches. I suggest you get your hands on a plant."
Note Lemon verbena leaves are available from specialist grocers. This recipe is from New Classics ($49.95, hbk) by Philippa Sibley, published by Hardie Grant Books. It has been reproduced with minor GT style changes.