• STEP 1

    Mix the dried fruit and apple, then add the stout, orange and lemon zests and stir. Cover and leave overnight to soak. Butter a 1.25 litre/2 pint pudding basin, then spoon in 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar. Turn the bowl at an angle, jiggling the sugar around as you go to coat the inside of the bowl.

  • STEP 2

    Mix the remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl. Grate the butter, then add to the bowl along with the eggs and fruit, and stir well. Spoon into the basin and level the top.

  • STEP 3

    Take a sheet of foil about 30cm long, cover with a same-size sheet of greaseproof paper and butter the paper. Fold a 3cm pleat in the middle, then put over the pudding. Tie with string under the lip of the basin, making a handle as you go. Trim paper and foil to about 5cm, then tuck it under itself.

  • STEP 4

    Sit the pudding on a heatproof saucer in a saucepan, then pour in just-boiled water to come halfway up basin. Cover and steam for 6 hrs, topping up water occasionally. Re-cover with fresh paper and foil and store in a cool place. To reheat, steam for 1 hr or microwave, without foil, for 10 mins on medium. Serve with the whiskey cream.


I’d normally leave whiskey and stout to

those made of sterner stuff, but a chaser of

soft-whipped whiskey cream is the perfect foil

for my stout pudding. Soaking the fruit in stout really

plumps it up and gives a rich, dark pudding

without the bitterness of brandy or rum.

Goes well with


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