Christmas Pudding

Indulge over the festive season with this sumptuous classic Christmas pudding from BBC Food.

Add a little double cream or ice cream if you fancy being a real devil!

Mmmmmm. Just looking at this pudding can make your mouth water! Christmas certainly isn’t the time to try and watch your waistline! Indulge yourself with this sumptuous, rich pudding.

Classic Christmas Pudding

Source of recipe: Vegetarian Society
Prep time:
10 – 30 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins to 1 hr

butter for greasing
225g/8oz plain flour
pinch of salt
5ml/1tsp each of ground ginger, mixed spice and grated nutmeg
50g/2oz blanched almonds, chopped
00g/14oz soft dark brown sugar
225g/8oz shredded suet
225g/8oz each of sultanas, currants and raisins
175g/6oz cut mixed peel 175g/6oz dried white breadcrumbs
6 eggs 75ml/5tbsp stout
juice of 1 orange
50ml/2fl oz brandy
125ml/4fl oz milk plus extra if necessary


Butter two 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basins
Sift the flour, salt, ginger, mixed spice and nutmeg into a very large mixing bowl. Add the almonds, sugar, suet, dried fruit, mixed peel and breadcrumbs
In another bowl, combine the eggs, stout, orange juice, brandy and 125 ml/4fl oz of the milk
Stir the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, adding more milk if necessary to achieve a soft dropping consistency
Divide the mixture between the pudding basins. Cut a round of greaseproof paper 1 1/2 times the size of the rim of the pudding basin. Grease then fold a single pleat in the paper to allow room for the pudding to expand during cooking. Cover each pudding with paper and secure with string
Place each pudding into a saucepan with water half way up the side. Cover and steam for 6 hours or longer. The longer a pudding cooks the richer and darker it becomes. Top up each pan with boiling water as required and don’t let the water boil dry


To store
Remove the rounds of greaseproof paper and replace with new. Wrap each pudding in a cloth and store in a cool dry place until required
To reheat
Steam each pudding for 2 hours and serve


More Christmas recipes:
Classic: Turkey with cider and apple
Vegetarian: Chestnut pie

For lots more Christmas recipes visit the BBC Food website