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?