Delicious Christmas pudding

Delicious Christmas pudding


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About this recipe: 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.


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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Reviews (7)


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

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