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Nanna's Christmas Pudding

By Lyn Cole
Nanna's Christmas Pudding
8 servings
  • 4 reviews

  • Difficulty
  • Prep time 30 mins
  • Cooking time 5 hrs
  • Serves

    1 cup Sultanas
    1 cup Raisins
    1 cup Currants
    2 Tbsp Brandy
    1 cup Butter (250g), melted
    1 cup Flour
    1/2 tsp Baking Powder
    1/2 tsp Baking Soda
    1 tsp Mixed Spice
    1/2 tsp Cinnamon
    1/2 tsp Nutmeg
    Pinch of Salt
    1 cup Breadcrumbs
    1 cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar
    2 Eggs
    2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
    Zest of one Lemon
    1/2 cup Milk
    1 Tbsp Chelsea Golden Syrup (optional)


    Mix fruit and brandy in a bowl, cover and leave overnight in a hot water cupboard or in a warm place.
    Next day put fruit and melted butter in bowl, mix.
    Sift flour, dried ingredients into the bowl with the fruit mixture, stir well. Add breadcrumbs and mix throughly.
    In a separate bowl, beat sugar, eggs, lemon juice, zest and milk together. Add to fruit mixture. Mix thoroughly.
    Put in well greased pudding basin. Cover with greased proof paper and foil. Then put the pudding basin lid on top.
    Place on a small saucer in a big pot containing water that doesn't cover the pudding basin - about 2/3 up the side of the basin.
    Cook for 5 hours on low temperature - check water level halfway through cooking.
    (This can be done days before Christmas Day)
    Steam for 2 hours before serving on Christmas Day.

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Average Rating
(4 reviews)

Magnificent pudding. Extremely well received. Amazing flavour and texture. Will make this from now on. Why wait for Xmas! 5 stars.

I made 3 days before Xmas 2020 and it is absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe to the letter and it is a smash hit in my household. I will continue to make it through the year now. Why wait for Xmas!

I just gave Nana's Christmas Pudding a whirl. With a few minor tweaks like substituting in cranberries, using wholemeal flour, and tripling the alcohol content. Steamed it for an extra hour too. Great result, worth swapping to this recipe from my old one. A tub of nz vanilla ice cream and some rum butter means i can completely stuff up the rest of christmas dinner and i will be saved by the pudding!

Made this recipe for a mid winter Christmas party and all 8 people loved it, one saying it was the best Christmas steamed pudding he had ever tasted. Yum +++!
Easy to make too.

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