Learn how to make classic Christmas pudding at home with our easy Christmas pudding recipe. Our Christmas pudding recipe comes with a handy step-by-step video to make sure your pud is just perfect on the big day.
This mouth-watering Christmas pudding recipe is brilliantly boozy too. It’s infused with Guinness and brandy which packs it full of flavour. Bejewelled with mixed dried fruit and spiced with ginger and mixed spice, this Christmas pudding really won’t disappoint your taste buds – plus it’ll look great on the table too.
Make ahead of time so it’s got plenty of time to absorb all the liquids and flavours. This pudding recipe is cooked by using the traditional steaming method which will take around 5hrs on a gentle, low heat. Before serving, drizzle in brandy and carefully light a match holding it up to the pudding for a fancy Christmas dessert. Make sure the flames have disappeared before cutting and serving.
The perfect topping to enhance your Christmas pudding is a delicious, smooth homemade brandy butter which we have the best recipe for!
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Watch how to make Christmas pudding
- 750g mixed dried fruit
- 250g (8oz) dark muscavado sugar
- 60g (2oz) plain flour
- 150g (5oz) breadcrumbs
- 250g (8oz) shredded vegetable suet
- 1 level tablespoon ground mixed spice
- 1 level teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 medium eggs
- 200ml (7 fl oz) Guinness
- pinch of Bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt
- 1.25litre (2pint) pudding basin, greased
- 3-4 tablespoons brandy, to flame
- Brandy butter balls, to serve
Place the dried fruit, brown sugar, flour, breadcrumbs, suet and spices into a large bowl and mix well.
Lightly beat the eggs into the Guinness and add the baking powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda.
Stir the Guinness into the dry ingredients and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into the pudding basin, pressing down well so that it all fits in the basin. Cover with a layer of baking parchment, held in place with an elastic band.
Place the pudding in the top of a steamer, and steam for 4/½-5 hours, ensuring that the steamer does not boil dry. Remove from the steamer and leave the pudding to cool. Cover with fresh baking parchment and store in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Steaming is the best way to reheat the pudding, and helps the rich dark colour to develop. Steam the pudding for 1-2 hours to reheat thoroughly.
To flame, place the pudding on a warmed serving plate, place holly on top and place on table. Heat the brandy in a small saucepan and pour around the base of the pudding and ignite. Serve with brandy butter balls.
Top tip for making Christmas pudding
Holly is very flammable, so its best to pour the brandy around the pudding, rather than over the top, so that the flames creep up around the pudding, but do not set the holly alight. Also do not try to carry a pudding while it is alight in case the flames blow back and burn you.
Unlike a lot of other desserts, when stored correctly in an air-tight container in the fridge, the shelf-life of a Christmas pudding is around 2 weeks - meaning the festive Christmas spirit can stay with you well into the new year!
Why not make your Christmas pudding that little bit more exciting by including the tradition of a hidden sixpence inside the cake? To take part you simple need to stir a sixpence (nowadays that would more likely be a 10p coin - just make sure it's clean!) into your pudding batter and every member of the household gets to give it a stir. Whoever is lucky enough to find the sixpence in their slice on Christmas day is said to have wealth and good luck in the year to come - may the odds be in your favour!