Plum pudding recipe

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serves: 8 - 10
Skill: medium
Prep: 30 min
Cooking: 3 hr 30 min
(reheat for 1-2 hours)
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  • It’s not Christmas without a plum pudding to finish off Christmas lunch with! With blue flames licking round it, a plum pudding is the centrepiece to every Christmas table. If you’re looking for a rich plum pudding recipe to make the whole family happy, we’ve got a treat for the perfect end to your Christmas Day. A traditional plum pudding is full of dried fruit, a splash of brandy and loads of festive spices. If you want a mouthful of Christmas, this is where you can get it! Try this recipe for a really special plum pudding to serve to friends and family on Christmas Day for a real treat – you’ll soon make it your new go-to recipe.


    • 100g self raising flour
    • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
    • 50g ground almonds
    • 275g soft dark brown sugar
    • 75g suet
    • 225g each, raisins, currants and sultanas
    • 50g glacé cherries, chopped
    • 50g flaked almonds
    • 1tsp ground cinnamon
    • ½tsp ground nutmeg
    • ½tsp ground coriander
    • ½tsp ground Allspice
    • ½tsp salt
    • 3 medium eggs
    • 45ml (3tbs) Brandy
    • 150ml (1/4pt) brown ale


    • To make this steamed pudding, grease the pudding basin.

    • Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the brandy and brown ale.

    • Combine the fruit mixture with the egg mixture and stir well. Spoon into the prepared basin and cover loosely with a pleated sheet of greaseproof paper.

    • Secure well with string and top with a second piece of paper. Place in a steamer and pour in enough boiling water to come half way up the sides of the basin.

    • Steam for 3 – 3 hrs 30 mins, topping up with more boiling water when necessary. Cool and wrap in foil and store in a cool dry place. Re-steam the pudding for 1-2 hrs before serving

    Top tip for making Plum pudding

    You can store this pudding for up to a year! Why not make two so you have one for next Christmas!

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