Christmas pudding

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Serves: 12

By RockStockAndTwoOpenBottles



  • 1 pinch salt

  • 230g golden caster sugar

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 lemon zest only

  • 115g fresh white breadcrumb

  • 150ml brandy or rum

  • 5 eggs beaten

  • 60g flaked almonds

  • 230g currants

  • 115g candied peel chopped

  • 340g sultanas

  • 115g plain flour

  • 340g raisins

  • 230g vegetarian suet

  • 1 tsp mixed spice

  • 1 tsp nutmeg freshly grated


  1. Lightly grease two 2-pint pudding basins.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients, then stir in the eggs and brandy/rum and mix well.
  3. Spoon the mix into the basins. Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.
  4. Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary. If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers in the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before.
  5. Cool. Change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up, then store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.
  6. To serve, steam for 2 hours or remove foil/parchment and cover with clingfilm, pierce a few times and microwave on high for about 10 minutes.

Handy Hint

I ‘feed’ the puddings every couple of weeks with brandy. The recipe makes two puddings but the recipe is easily halved or doubled.

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • Christmas

  • Cake/Dessert

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  • RockStockAndTwoOpenBottles 26/09/11 22:40

    This is based on Mary Berry's Christmas Pudding that I have tweaked over the years. It can be nut free, and also gluten free if needed. It is absolutely delicious, and also if for some mad reason there are leftovers, it can be frozen. I have done this once and turned it into an icecream.