Budget Christmas pudding
Total time:(includes steaming and reheating)
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Cheap as chips
Blown your festive budget on turkey and trimmings? You can still have a delicious dessert on the big day with our budget Christmas pudding. It's packed with flavour and spice for that classic taste. This purse-friendly recipe makes two large puds and works out at just 35p per serving - so you should have some cash leftover for some brandy butter, cream or custard too.
- 2 x 500g bags mixed dried fruit (including mixed peel and glace cherries)
- 125ml brandy
- 1 large Bramley apple, peeled, cored and grated
- Zest and juice of 2 oranges
- 250g dark muscovado sugar
- 5 large free-range eggs, beaten
- 225g shredded suet
- 225g fresh breadcrumbs
- 150g self-raising flour
- 1tsp ground mixed spice
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
This recipe makes two large puddings - why not make one for the family, and one as a gift for a friend or neighbour?
- Soak dried fruit in the brandy overnight. Add the apple, orange zest and juice and sugar and mix well. Stir in the eggs.
- Mix the suet, breadcrumbs, flour and spices with a pinch of salt. Add to the fruit and stir well. Spoon into a greased basin, cover with pleated baking parchment. Top with pleated foil and secure with string.
- Steam for 5-6 hours and cool.
- To reheat your pud, put it in a steamer for 2-2 1/2 hours until hot through.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 385(kcal)
- Fat 12.5g
- Saturates 5.5g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.