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Traditional Christmas Pudding

Traditional British Christmas Pudding is a steamed, fruit filled dessert, also known as Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding. It is a beautiful centerpiece of many British Christmas dinners!

Christmas Pudding


1/2 cup butter

1 cup dark brown sugar (1 cup light brown sugar + 1 tbsp molasses

1/2 cup flour

2 cups fresh bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped dates

1 apple, grated

1 orange, juice and zest

5 oz. orange juice and brandy

1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp allspice


1. In a large bowl combine the dried fruit, zest of orange, and the orange juice and brandy. Soak overnight.

2. Add the bread crumbs, flour, brown sugar, egg, walnuts, and spices to the dried fruit mixture and mix thoroughly.

3. Grate a frozen stick of butter and add to dried fruit mixture and mix.

4. Peel and grate the apple and add to the mixture. Mix until everything is well combined.

5. Butter a pudding bowl and place a circle of parchment paper in the bottom.

6. Put the mixture into the buttered bowl and press firmly, smoothing the top.

7. Tear a piece of parchment paper and aluminum foil, large enough to cover the bowl. Place foil on top of parchment and create a pleat down the center.

8. Place the pleated paper and foil over the pudding bowl, then tie some string under the lip of the bowl, making sure to tie securely. Tie another string to each side of the bowl to create a handle.

9. Place an upside down saucer in the bottom of a large pot and then place the pudding bowl on top.

10. Fill the pot halfway up with boiling water. Cover pot and steam the pudding for 4 to 5 hours, checking level every hour or so, topping it up.

11. Once you've taken the bowl out of the pot, remove the paper and foil. Replace with clean foil and store in a cool place.

12. To serve, flip pudding onto a plate.

Brandy Sauce

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp heavy cream

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp to 2 tbsp brandy

1 tbsp butter


1. Whisk the egg yolk, cream, and sugar in a pot over low heat. Do not stop whisking and cook on low.

2. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens. Turn off the heat and add brandy and butter.

3. Pour into a serving jug to pour over a slice of Christmas Pudding.

For a video tutorial visit my YouTube channel.

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