Steamed cranberry Christmas pudding

    2 hours

    Easy to make, and delicious to eat using just a few ingredients. This steamed pudding is traditional fare for Christmas dinner.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 125ml hot water
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 125ml treacle
    • 225g whole cranberries
    • 200g plain flour
    • Sauce
    • 125g unsalted butter
    • 125ml double cream
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the hot water. Stir in 1 tablespoon of sugar and the treacle, then mix in the cranberries and flour. Pour into a greased 1.5 litre pudding mould.
    2. Cover the mould, and place into a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover the steaming pot. Cook over medium heat for one hour before checking, but it will take about 1 1/2 hours total. A skewer inserted into the pudding should come out clean. Loosen the edges, and cool on a wire rack in the mould.
    3. Make the hard sauce just before serving: Heat the unsalted butter, cream, 200g sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook stirring constantly until heated through and smooth.

    How to steam Christmas pudding

    See our How to steam Christmas pudding guide to get step-by-step instructions for steaming your pudding to perfection.

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    This is a great pudding but 2 tsps of baking soda is too much. Hence the reason it hits the top of the tin and also the taste of the baking soda is overpowering. 1 tsp. is adequate and I have even made it with 1/2 tsp. Hope this is helpful.  -  29 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Yum! I recently bought a similar pudding at a Craft show and was hooked! This recipe used the same ingredients listed on the label of the one I bought and it turned out great! I don't have a steamer mold so I just used a loaf pan covered tightly with aluminium foil. Thanks for the recipe.. it will surely be a tradition in our family from now on!  -  08 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe has been in my family for over 50 years -- every year it is a given at Christmas or Thanksgiving meal. This is the first time I have ever seen the recipe in print other than my own!! It makes a beautiful presentation on china plate with holly and cranberries around.  -  11 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)