Budget Christmas pudding recipe

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15 min


8 hr 30 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 385 kCal 19%
Fat 12.5g 18%
  -  Saturates 5.5g 28%

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


  • 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.

Top tip for making Budget Christmas pudding

This recipe makes two large puddings - why not make one for the family, and one as a gift for a friend or neighbour?

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