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Recipe for Festive Christmas Pudding for all the Family

Published by Joannie Stallings

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On 25th December, Christmas Pudding is served as a dessert in many homes and restaurants in the United Kingdom. It can be bought in supermarkets as early as October, then heated for serving at Christmas dinner. It can also be made at home. The following recipe is for a pudding that you can prepare and cook in advance, or on Christmas Day itself.


  • 8 oz (225 g) self-raising flour
  • grated raw carrot OR grated raw cooking apple
  • 4 oz (110g) vegetable suet
  • 2 tbs sugar (white granulated or brown)
  • 1 cup mixed currants, raisins and sultanas
  • 3 tbs black treacle
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • milk


Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add all the other ingredients except the milk in the order given. Mix together. Add sufficient milk to bring to a soft dropping consistency. Stir well to make sure all the ingredients are well mixed. Put the mixture into a well buttered 2 UK pint (1.2 litre) basin, cover with foil and steam for about three hours. Check the water level from time to time. Test by putting a skewer in the centre of the pudding. If it comes out clean, it is cooked.


Turn out on to a serving plate, and serve with brandy butter, cream or vanilla custard. Serves 6.


  • Some of the ingredients can be changed to suit individual taste.
  • A combination of half grated raw carrot and half grated raw cooking apple can be substituted
  • Beef suet can be used instead of vegetarian suet
  • The dried fruit proportions may be varied according to personal preference
  • Increasing the quantities of dried fruit will produce a denser pudding
  • The three spices can be replaced by any two, or even one
  • Additional ingredients can be used, for example mixed peel or nuts (broken walnuts give the pudding extra zest)
  • If desired, the day before mixing the pudding, the dried fruit can be soaked overnight, in sherry, rum or brandy

Finishing Touches

To reheat the pudding on Christmas Day, the most convenient method is by microwave. Microwaves vary, therefore the temperature of the pudding must be tested before it is served, but the following is a guide.

At power level 750 watts:

  • Cook for 3 minutes
  • Rest for 2 minutes
  • Cook for 2 minutes
  • Rest for 2 minutes
  • Cook for 1 minute
  • Rest for 2 minutes

If alcohol has been used in the preparation of the pudding, this will affect these times.

Advantages of this Christmas Pudding Recipe

This pudding is quick and easy to prepare, and need not be made in advance. It can be steaming while other dishes are cooking. The basic recipe uses foods that are usually well received by children and adults alike, but it can also be made richer by adding other ingredients. It can even be flambéd by pouring 3-4 tablespoons of warmed brandy round the base, setting it alight and carrying it, flaming, to the table.

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