Hairy Bakers Christmas pudding

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Hairy Bakers' Christmas special_BBC Pictures
Hairy Bakers' Christmas special_BBC Pictures
  • Serves: 6 - 8

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

We've got the Hairy Bakers Christmas steamed pudding, straight from their Hairy Bakers Christmas special. It's really easy to make - just mix everything together then steam for a couple of hours


You'll need:

  • 100g wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 120ml stout, something like Guinness
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 120g wholemeal flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 50g skinned almonds
  • 4 level tsp mixed spice, or to taste
  • 1/2tsp grated nutmeg
  • 50g cooking apple, chopped
  • 50g orange, chopped
  • 200g raisins
  • 300g sultanas
  • lemon and orange zest
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 large, 2 pint bowl

This steamed Christmas pudding can be made up to 6 months before Christmas. Cover it with fresh baking parchment and store in a dry cupboard. Keep topped up with a splash of brandy every week, to help preserve the pudding and make it rich and moist. Not suitable for freezing.


  1. Soak the breadcrumbs in the stout.
  2. Add the eggs, sunflower oil and sugar and mix together.
  3. Add everything else except the apple and orange and mix together for about 3-5 mins.
  4. Add in the apple and orange and blend together.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a large bowl, pressing down quite firmly. Cover with a layer of baking parchment with a pleat in it, held in place with an elastic band.
  6. Put the pudding in the top of a steamer, and steam for 2hrs, ensuring that the steamer does not boil dry. Remove from the steamer and leave the pudding to cool.

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GTK Recipes Editor

Hi Keely, You shouldn't have to change the times if you don't have steamer. Place your pudding bowl in a pan filled up 3/4 with water and it should cook fine. Put an upside down saucer in the bottom of the pan and sit the pudding on this. T...hat way the pudding is kept away from the bottom of the pan and won't overheat.See More 5 hours ago &#195&#130&#194&#183 Like


I don't have a steamer big enough to put the pudding basin in. Can i steam this in a large saucepan & if so is the timing the same?


Wow - this is the simplest xmas pud recipe ever! Hairy Bakers are on my Xmas menu :)

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