Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

By Food E Fare

Christmas pudding, also known as plum pudding, is a traditional British dessert that is typically served during the Christmas season. Despite its name, Christmas pudding does not necessarily contain plums but is instead a rich and dense steamed or boiled dessert made with a variety of ingredients. Its rich and spiced flavor profile, along with the rituals involved in its preparation and serving, make it a beloved part of Christmas celebrations in many households. The exact recipes for Christmas pudding can vary, but common ingredients include:

  • Dried fruits (such as raisins, currants, and sultanas)
  • Candied peel
  • Shredded suet (a type of beef or mutton fat)
  • Breadcrumbs or flour
  • Brown sugar or molasses
  • Mixed spices (such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice)
  • Eggs
  • Stout or dark beer
  • Brandy or other spirits


Mixing Ingredients:

  • Dried fruits, candied peel, suet, breadcrumbs or flour, brown sugar, and mixed spices are combined in a large mixing bowl.

Adding Wet Ingredients:

  • Eggs, stout or dark beer, and brandy (or other spirits) are added to the dry ingredients. The mixture is thoroughly combined to create a sticky and dense batter.

Steaming or Boiling:

  • The pudding batter is traditionally steamed or boiled in a basin or pudding mold for several hours. Steaming allows the pudding to develop its rich and moist texture.

Aging (Optional):

  • Some recipes call for aging the Christmas pudding for several weeks or even months before serving. This is done to allow the flavors to mature and meld.

Reheating and Serving:

  • On Christmas Day, the pudding is often reheated by steaming or microwaving and then served with a variety of accompaniments.

Serving Accompaniments:

  • Christmas pudding is commonly served with a sauce, such as brandy butter, custard, or a rich vanilla sauce. Some traditions involve dousing the pudding with additional spirits and setting it alight before serving.


  • It's also a tradition to decorate the Christmas pudding with holly or other festive decorations before serving.

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