Vegan Christmas puddings recipe

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  • Vegan
serves: 8
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 4 hr
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  • Our vegan Christmas puddings tastes just like a traditional pud, but use a vegan suet alternative to cut out any animal products. These vegan Christmas puddings are packed with rich dried fruits and spices and have a slight boozy kick from the brandy or rum. Vegan suet can be found in health food stores around Christmas time, in some supermarkets, and online. Following a vegan diet doesn’t mean missing out on Christmas classics, as you can see with this vegan Christmas pudding recipe. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding!


    • For the Christmas pudding:
    • 90g plain flour
    • 1tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1tsp mixed spice
    • 1tsp cinnamon
    • 90g dark muscovado sugar
    • 45g dry white breadcrumbs
    • 100g vegan suet
    • ½tsp baking powder
    • 2tbsp black treacle
    • 6tbsp brandy or rum
    • finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon
    • 2tbsp beetroot powder or ¼tsp red colouring
    • 1 apple, peeled and grated
    • 250g mixed dried fruit
    • 200g dried figs, chopped
    • To serve:
    • 5tbsp maple syrup
    • 2tbsp brandy or rum
    • edible gold glitter
    • 1 fig cut into wedges
    • You will need:
    • 8 individual pudding basins, greased and base-lined


    • Combine the flour, nutmeg, mixed spice, cinnamon, sugar, breadcrumbs, suet and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.

    • Pour the black treacle, brandy or rum, orange and lemon zest and juice, beetroot powder or red colouring into the flour mixture.

    • Add the grated apple, dried fruit and dried figs to the mixture then mix everything together with a large spoon. Divide the mixture equally between the pudding basins. Cover each one with baking parchment and foil and secure with some string.

    • Cook the puddings in a steamer for 4 hours, topping up the water every 30 minutes or as needed.

    • To serve, warm through in the steamer for 1 hour. Warm the maple syrup and brandy or rum and sprinkle in some edible gold glitter.

    • Turn each vegan Christmas pudding out on to a plate, top each one with a fig wedge and drizzle over the warm maple syrup, brandy or rum and edible glitter mixture.

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