Regardless of whether you celebrate a white and wintery Christmas in the north or a warm, summery Christmas in the south, there is no more iconic Christmas dessert than Traditional Christmas Pudding. This delicious treat is perfect with your choice of accompanying sweetness such as ice cream or cream. My personal favourite, and I am sure many others will agree, is warm custard.
The thing about Christmas pudding is that because it is such a popular feature on Christmas tables around the world, there can be a lot of pressure to get it just right. So if Christmas pudding is on the menu at your place this Christmas, you best start practicing, tinkering and most-importantly taste-testing right now, while there’s still a little bit of time.
Cook: 5:45 Hrs/Mins
- Melted butter, to grease
- 375g dried mixed fruit
- 75g glace cherries, quartered
- 75g dried figs, chopped
- 75g dried pears, chopped
- 75g dried cranberries
- 75g pitted dried dates, chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely grated orange rind
- 1 cup (250ml) orange juice
- 1/3 cup (80ml) brandy
- 1 cup (150g) plain flour
- 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 250g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
- 1 cup (220g) firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs, lightly whisked
- Custard, ice-cream, or brandy butter, to serve
Brush an 8 cup (2 litter) pudding basin with melted butter to grease. Line the base with rounds of baking paper.
Combine the dried fruit, cherries, figs, pears, cranberries, dates, orange rind and juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes, or until fruits soften. Remove from heat and set aside for 30 minutes to cool. Add the brandy and stir to combine.
Sift combined flours, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg into a large bowl. Add fruit mixture, butter, brown sugar and eggs and stir until well combined. Gently spoon mixture into prepared pudding steamer, smooth top, and secure the lid.
Place pudding basin into a large saucepan. Pour in enough boiling water to combine halfway up the side of the pan. Place over medium heat and bring to the boil. Cook, covered, topping up with extra boiling water if necessary, for 5 hours 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the pudding comes out clean.
Remove steamer from the saucepan and set aside for 10 minutes before turning onto a serving plate. Serve immediately with custard, ice-cream or brandy butter, if desired.
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