Delicious Christmas pudding

    8 hours 20 min

    This lovely Christmas pudding recipe has been in our family for four generations and is rich, moist and quite sticky, all the things a perfect Christmas pudding should be. We broke tradition by adding a few extra ingredients over the years but we still like to make it on "stir up Sunday" and we still stir from east to west.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 110g shredded suet
    • 55g self raising flour, sifted
    • 110g white breadcrumbs
    • 265g demerara sugar
    • 140g sultanas
    • 140g raisins
    • 140g currants
    • zest and juice of 1 orange
    • zest and juice of 1 lemon
    • 160g glace cherries
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 140ml brandy
    • 70ml stout

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:8hr  ›  Ready in:8hr20min 

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine the suet, flour, breadcrumbs, sugar, fruit and spices and mix well. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, brandy and stout and mix well. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and stir. Cover the bowl with a plate and leave in the fridge overnight.
    2. The next day, grease a 1L pudding basin and add the pudding mixture. Cover with two sheets of pleated baking parchment then cover with a sheet of tin foil and secure around the rim of the basin with kitchen string.
    3. Place on a trivet inside a large pan over a medium heat then pour in enough water to come half way up the side of the pudding basin. Cover, then simmer for 8 hours topping up the water when necessary. Remove from the pan and serve or store.


    Always warn your family or guests if you have added a sixpence or any other charms to the pudding.
    If you wish to store and reheat the pudding, you should re-wrap in clean baking parchment and muslin cloth. The pudding can be stored for several months. To reheat, steam in the same way as step three for 3 hours.

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    For stir up Sunday yesterday I made this pudding and steamed it in the slow cooker - genius! I doubled the ingredients for a 2L pudding bowl and wrapped it with pleated tin foil and baking parchment. It steamed hassle free to perfection in 8 hours on the slow cooker high setting! I will never steam a Christmas pudding on the stove again!!  -  25 Nov 2013


    A very classic pudding that I'm sure my family will love on Christmas Day  -  18 Nov 2013


    My puddings are gently bubbling on the stove as I write this. Just tweaked a little I added 1 tablespoon of black treacle. They smell gorgeous  -  10 Dec 2015