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Last Minute Christmas Pudding

5 from 1 vote
Learn how to make Christmas Pudding at the last moment for the perfect dessert on your dinner table at Christmas time — with all the classic flavors.
Traditional Christmas Pudding by Irish chef Gemma Stafford

Hi Bold Bakers!

Christmas Pudding is a huge part of my Christmas traditions. Growing up in Ireland my Mum would make them in October and have them all ready to give to Aunties and friends by the time the holidays came around.

I remember it being a big process because even after the puddings were mixed then they had to be wrapped up with string and foil and steamed. I do however have very fond memories of mixing the pudding batter in a big Mason Cash porcelain bowl and making a wish. All of us got to do it.

This was my very first time making Christmas Pudding. To be fair why would I make my own when my Mammy does such a great job. I am not going home to Ireland this year for Christmas like I usually do. I will be celebrating here in Los Angeles with my husband, Kevin, and Waffles (our dog). I will be starting my own traditions here with my American family and this is something that I definitely plan to carry on every Christmas. And with this recipe, you don’t have to make it months in advance. Just prepare it at least 24 hours in advance and you’ll be enjoying Christmas Pudding in no time.

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Traditionally in Ireland our Christmas desserts are boozy and fruity. What’s not to love about that combination.

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With all of the sugars and alcohol in the pudding it only gets better with time.

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Serve the pudding warm with freshly whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. The pudding is sweet so I like something creamy that cuts the sugar.

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No matter what you serve it would be a sin not to pour brandy over and light it on fire. It looks fantastic and makes it taste even better.

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Last Minute Christmas Pudding

5 from 1 vote
Learn how to make Christmas Pudding at the last moment for the perfect dessert on your dinner table at Christmas time — with all the classic flavors.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 medium puddings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Learn how to make Christmas Pudding at the last moment for the perfect dessert on your dinner table at Christmas time — with all the classic flavors.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 medium puddings

Ingredients

  • 125 g (4oz) molasses or treacle
  • 220 g (7oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 125 g (4oz) melted butter or shredded suet
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 175 g (6oz) sultanas
  • 175 g (6oz) raisins
  • 125 g (4oz) currants
  • 50 g (2oz) candied peel
  • 25 g (1oz) blanched almonds
  • 1 large cooking apple , grated
  • 1/2 lemon finely grated rind and juice
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml (1/4 pint) Guinness or stout
  • 75 ml (3 floz) milk
  • 2 tablespoons brandy to serve

Instructions

  • Put the dry ingredients, fruit, candied peel and almonds in a large bowl and mix well together
  • Add in the grated apple, lemon rind and juice, egg, Guinness and milk.
  • Stir well until you get a soft dropping consistency. You might need to add more milk then in the recipe
  • Grease a 2 pint pudding basin (or whatever size you have) with butter and fill with your mix 3/4 of the way. Lay a circle of grease proof on top and snap on the lid tightly
  • Place in the fridge over night
  • Steam for 2 1/2 - 3 hours. you will know when it is done because the top will be dark all over. If it is a little pale on top give it more time.
  • Once done remove from the steamer and let them cool down at room temperature.
  • You can eat them straight away or store them in a dark cool place until ready to eat.
  • One the day you want to serve it, re steam for 2 hours to get them nicely heated through.
  • To serve pour the brandy over and light on fire. Serve with vanilla ice cream AND whipped cream!

 

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Siobhan
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Siobhan
1 month ago

Gemma, I’m about to attempt my first pudding in the US. Mom is coming to visit and suggested I make the offing 😱 In your recipe You mentioned a pot with a lid instead of the greaseproof paper concoction. What pot are you using?

Ruth Marshall-Sims
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Ruth Marshall-Sims
1 year ago

What is suet? Where can I purchase it?

Sameena
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Sameena
1 year ago

Hi Gemma
Your recipes are just delightful & easy
What could I replace the alcohol with for this Christmas pudding recipe?

Mik
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Mik
2 years ago

Do you have a recipe for mug christmas cake or and pudding?.
Thanks

ritz
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ritz
2 years ago

Hi
as for bread crumbs it says 22g or 7oz. Is this correct?

Susana
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2 years ago

Hi, Gemma, I wanted to ask you a couple of things…could I substitute the Guinness for other alcohol, say, for example, rum or whisky? Would I use the same amount? I don’t drink, but boy, do I love cooking with alcohol! LOL! Also, when you say fresh white breadcrumbs, do you mean breadcrumbs made at home from “freshly” stale ground white bread as opposed to dry, store-bought, breadcrumbs? As for the almonds in your recipe, may I use slivered blanched almonds roughly cut or do you mean something else? By the way, I am planning to try making it in… Read more »

Sarah D
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Sarah D
2 years ago

Just a wee mistake in your recipe. Fresh white breadcrumbs it says 22g (7oz) as opposed to 200?
cheers

MamaWatts
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MamaWatts
2 years ago

Hi Gemma,

Need a suggestion to make this for a gluten intolerant kid. She just found out this is the cause of a year long illness.
She’s feeling bad about getting left out of the Xmas goodies..
What can I substitute the white bread crumbs for,to make this gluten free?
Thanks, Merry Christmas!

rajvidoshi
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rajvidoshi
3 years ago

Hi Gemma,
Can you please try the melting moments cookies ? And some egg free cupcakes flavours.
Please

Love
Rajvi 🙂

Maham
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Maham
3 years ago

HI GEMMA,
WHAT A GREAT RECIPE. LOOKS DELICIOUS

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