Last-minute Christmas pudding

Last-minute Christmas pudding

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6 - 8
This recipe, which uses shop-bought mincemeat, is amazingly quick - just make ahead then microwave on the day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (for 6)

  • kcal634
  • fat20g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs108g
  • sugars73g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt1g
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  • 300g good-quality mincemeat
  • 140g fine shred orange marmalade



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  • 200g molasses cane sugar
  • 4 tbsp treacle
  • 3 egg, beaten



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  • 4 tbsp whisky



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  • 100g butter, frozen and coarsely grated



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  • 200g self-raising flour


  1. Butter and line the base of a 1.5-litre pudding basin with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl, stir the ingredients together, adding them one at a time in the order they are listed, until everything is completely mixed.

  2. Tip the pudding mix into the basin and cover with a circle of greaseproof paper. Place the pudding on a plate and microwave on Medium for 20-25 mins until cooked and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out and serve with brandy butter and cream.

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Comments (11)

jenton's picture

Well, where do I start. firstly I have been a keen cook for forty years, so not a novice. Having followed this recipe to the letter I have had some interesting results. I measured everything correctly and found that there was more mixture than required for a 1.5 litre dish so hurriedly poured remainder into a second smaller bowl. I had asked earlier if I could freeze before cooking but having had no reply I decided to cook then freeze. You are right to question the power of the microwave as I cooked the small one for 10 mins on medium, and discovered that the pudding had combusted from the inside out and was burned and in edible. So for the larger one I decided to do it in a five min burst followed by two two minute bursts. After 11 mins my pudding is cooked. The wattage on my microwave is 900 watts. So whatever you do, don't cook it straight off for 20 mins, you might be disappointed with the results. Mine certainly won't be taking pride of place on Christmas Day. I will let you know what it tastes like after Christmas. Just a shame that the comments and questions below are not answered by BBC Good Food. It's far too expensive to have to put food in the bin!

shazza2810's picture

How long will this keep for or will it need to be popped into the freezer? Thanks.

dawnyoung16's picture

Can this recipe be used to make single portion puddings? How long would you cook them for?
Can they be reheated, if so how long for?
Thank you

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi Dawn, 

You can make individual ones, they will take a lot less time to cook, we tested it as a whole pudding so don't have exact timings for cooking. Make them up to a week before you need them. 

Best wishes. 

manda11's picture

How long will it freeze for?

manda11's picture

How long will it freeze for?

rubyb00ts's picture

Its lovely a gloriously simple recipe!

danbeasley06's picture

is it nice

rebeccajade's picture

My family love this pudding, more than any shop-bought option, and I have made it for them each year since the recipe was first published in Good Food magazine.

You have to adjust the cooking time depending on the power of your microwave - mine usually takes between 35-40 mintues in my little 700w microwave.

gabrielle's picture

You do not say what power of microwave you are using for the Medium cooking. Can you help please
Many thanks

jenton's picture

Please see my comments above, I cooked mine on medium in a 900 Watt oven with disastrous first results.

Questions (5)

jenton's picture

At what stage can you freeze this pudding, before or after cooking in microwave, if it has to be cooked do I then just remicro after defrosting on the day? Thanks

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there,

Microwave the pudding, then cool and freeze, defrost at room tempertaure then reheat in the microwave for a few minutes, until piping hot

Best wishes. 

jenton's picture

At what stage can this be frozen, before it's cooked or after, bit confused.

c.preston's picture

This will be the first time I am making this pudding. Can I make individual ones? and how long can I make them before using?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there,

You can make individual ones, they will take a lot less time to cook, we tested it as a whole pudding so don't have exact timings for cooking. Make them up to a week before you need them. 

Best wishes. 

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