Traditional Christmas Pudding
If you are looking for an old favourite done really well this Christmas, this recipe is for you. In fact, it has been described as "Like a chorus of angels singing Hallelujah on my tastebuds!" You can't get much better than that, right?
Recipe Tester Feedback: "Christmas puddings are notorious for being dry. This pudding is steamed so gently and, combined with the orange juice, is kept so beautifully moist and flavoursome. After one bite of this pudding my (quite particular) husband turned to me and said, "this is possibly the best Christmas Pudding I have ever eaten". I'm so excited to be able to make something I know will be enjoyed on Christmas day!" - Claire
Contains: Gluten / Dairy / Egg
Total Preparation Time 2 days
Can not be frozen
- sultanas - 80g
- plums - 100g, dried, chopped
- dried fruit - 150g, mixed
- mixed peel - 150g
- brandy - 70ml
- bread - 4, slices, wholemeal
- self raising flour - 120g
- mixed spice - 1.5 tsp
- brown sugar - 180g
- eggs - 2, large
- butter - 120g, softened
- orange - 1, juice and zest
- salt - pinch
- butter - for greasing
- water - boiling
- Add sultanas (80g), dried plums (100g), mixed dried fruit (150g), mixed peel (100g) and brandy (70ml) into glass bowl. Stir to combine and cover in clingfilm. Allow to sit in a dark cool spot overnight.
- Add wholemeal bread to mixer bowl. Speed 7 / 10 seconds.
- Add flour (120g), mixed spice (1.5 tsp), brown sugar (180g) to bowl. Speed 7 / 5 seconds.
- Add eggs (2), butter (120g), juice and zest from one orange and a pinch of salt to bowl. Mix on Speed 4 until combined.
- Pour mixture out of bowl and add to the dried fruit mixture. Stir to combine well. Allow to sit whilst preheating the oven.
- Preheat oven to 150C. Grease the pudding dish with a little butter.
- Stir the mixture again and pour into the prepared pudding dish. Smooth over the top of the pudding.
- Cover with the baking paper, a layer of aluminium foil and secure it by tying some baking string around the edge of the dish. Alternatively, use a pudding dish that has a fitted lid.
- Sit the pudding dish into the baking tray and pour boiling water around it, into the baking tray, until it reaches approximately 3cm up the pudding dish.
- Cover the whole baking tray with aluminium foil and cook for 4-5 hours until cooked through.
- Allows to cool completely. Carefully remove the foil, baking paper, and strings.
- Serve with a dusting of icing sugar and Vanilla Bean Cream.