Plum pudding

Plum pudding

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Ready in about 25 mins, plus steaming


Serves 8
A traditional, long-life Christmas plum pudding that's deliciously dark, rich and fruity

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal481
  • fat17g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars19.5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.45g
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  • 85g self-raising flour
  • ¾ tsp ground mixed spice
  • 140g shredded suet
  • 85g fresh white breadcrumb
  • 140g dark muscovado sugar
  • 140g raisin
  • 140g sultana
  • 140g currant
  • 25g mixed candied peel, chopped
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 small orange



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  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 small lemon



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  • 25g glacé cherry, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small carrot, grated



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  • 3 tbsp sweet stout (we used Mackeson)
  • 2 tsp black treacle
  • brandy, to feed



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  1. Stir the flour, spice, suet, breadcrumbs and sugar in a large bowl. Tip in the fruit, peel, cherries (if using) and carrot, then stir well to mix. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until thoroughly combined.

  2. Spoon the mixture into a buttered 1.2 litre pudding bowl (with a buttered disc of greaseproof paper in the bottom) and press down well, leaving room for the pudding to rise a little during steaming. Cover with a circle of buttered greaseproof paper, then cover with pudding cloth or foil and tie securely with string.

  3. Stand the bowl on an upturned saucer in a saucepan and half fill with boiling water. Cover tightly and steam for 8 hours, topping up the water as necessary. Leave to cool in the pan.

  4. Remove the pudding from the pan and discard the cloth or foil and paper. Then cover with fresh greaseproof paper and cloth. Store your pudding in a cool, dry place until required - you can feed it with a few tablespoons of brandy once in a while. Before serving, steam again for 2-3 hours.

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1st Aug, 2011
Wot, no plums in a plum pudding? sounds like a xmas pudding to me.
31st Oct, 2016
I always thought plum pudding was Christmas pudding!!
22nd Aug, 2010
Is this the kind of Christmas pudding that is better for the storing? And how long should it ideally be stored for?
13th Dec, 2009
Does anyone know if I can freeze this reciepe?
2nd Dec, 2009
how much brandy used to soak fruit in please?
13th Nov, 2009
I have made this pudding religiously for the last four Christmasses, it gets a massive thumbs up from family and friends every time and that is owed to its lightness and obviously the additional brandy feeding aids the exceptional taste! Lip smackingly good, the old stodgy chrimbo pud is dead and gone thanks to this!
1st Nov, 2008
if like me you dont like mixed candied peel, just add more raisins and currants,and try soaking your fruit over night in brandy. thats special..
2nd Jan, 2008
Voted by the family the best Christmas pudding ever. Steamed the pudding as instructions before storing, then microwaved 4 mins before serving. Beautifully moist and very dark.
24th Nov, 2007
This takes a while but gives a great result and makes the whole house smell like christmas.
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