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How to light a Christmas pudding

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Watch the easy BBC Good Food technique for presenting your festive pud. We show you how to coat the steamed pudding in warm brandy before lighting it.

Points to remember

  • You can swap the nuts for more dried fruit if you like.
  • If you’ve made the pudding yourself, reheat by steaming for approximately 1 hour. 
  • For shop-bought Christmas puddings, you can reheat in the microwave or follow packet instructions.
  • When steaming, cover the pudding with greaseproof paper and foil, so that no water gets in while reheating.
  • Turn the pudding out by putting a plate on top and flipping it over.
  • Before lighting the pudding, clear the surface area.
  • Gently warm the brandy in a saucepan before lighting to achieve a bigger flame.
  • Tip the brandy to the side of the pan before lighting.
  • Point the pan or ladle away from you when pouring over the pudding.



If you'd rather not light the brandy in the pan, you could transfer it to a ladle before lighting.


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