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How To Make A Christmas Pudding

Updated on November 25, 2013

Christmas Pudding

It's that time of year again, when our thoughts turn to Christmas. What to buy, who to invite over, and more importantly what to cook! We all know that this year our money situation isn't as good as other years, so it is a great time to buy the ingredients and learn to cook the main festive food ourselves. Now I don't know about you, but I always cheat and buy the good old traditional Christmas Pudding from the local supermarket. In fact I can't remember the last time I actually made one for myself! My mother always made our Christmas Pudding's. She used to shut herself away in the kitchen and magically bake this amazing huge cake! How she did it, I have no idea, but it was always so yummy, I could have ate it all year round! So this year I have decided to make one myself. I have tried a few recipe's but this one really, well, does take the cake! So I thought you might like to try it yourself. Hopefully you won't make such a mess of the kitchen like I do! Good luck and get cooking!

Traditional Christmas Pudding


115g or 4 oz =1 cup of plain flour

Pinch of salt

5ml or 1tsp ground mixed spice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

225g or 8oz = 1 cup of grated hard white fat

1 dessert apple, grated

225g or 8 oz = 2 cups of fresh white breadcrumbs

350g or 12 oz = 1 7/8 cups of soft brown sugar

50g or 2 oz flaked almonds

225g or 8 oz = 1 1/2 cups of seedless raisins

225g or 8 oz = 1 1/2 cups currants

225g or 8 oz = 1 1/2 cups sultanas

115g or 4 oz ready to eat dried apricots

115g or 4 oz = 3/4 cup chopped mixed peel

finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

30ml or 2 tbsp black treacle

3 eggs

300 ml or 1/2 pint = 1 1/4 cups of milk

30 ml or 2 tbsp rum

This serves 8 people.


Now For The Cooking!

First of all make sure that you have got all your bowls and sieve's ready first, as if you are anything like me I always forget to lay out the cooking trays etc before I start! Okay, here we go, lock the door, turn of the phone and get cooking!

First of all sieve the flour, salt and spices into a large bowl. Then add the fat, apple and other dry ingredients, including the grated lemon rind.

Now heat the treacle until warm and runny and pour it into the dry ingredients. Get a separate bowl, and mix together the eggs, milk rum and lemon juice. Just don't forget the rum! It's one of the most important ingredients! Ha!

Now stir the liquid into the dry mixture.

After mixing it all up nicely, spoon all of the mixture into two 1.2 litre or 2 pint basins. You can measure the size of the bowls first to be sure of the right size, by pouring five cups of water in it. If it comes up to the rim then you know you have the right size. Easy! even for me!

When you have added the mixture to the bowls, over wrap the puddings with pieces of greaseproof paper, pleated to allow for expansion. Then tie them with string.

Steam the puddings in a steamer or saucepan of boiling water. Each pudding needs ten hour's cooking and three hours reheating. I know this sounds like a long time, but believe me it is worth it!

Remember to keep the water level topped up to keep the pans from boiling dry.

So there we have it! Obviously you will need to do this on a day when you don't go out, but I am sure you will find it totally worth the while. If I could manage it, then I am sure you cooks out there will find it easy as blinking! Trust me when I say, I am not a very good cook, but I am pleased with my result, hence the boasting! Ha Ha

Have a great Christmas!


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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks teaches, its really scrummy! just dollop a whole tin of thick cream on the top! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi beth, thank you! Now thats what I like to hear, tell her to send me some! haha! thanks so much, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Oh my, that is one beautiful cake! I have never had it but I am sure that it is all wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Beth Perry 4 years ago from Tennesee

      Nell, if you had a ratings gadget for this one I would give it 5 stars. A friend saw the recipe, made it and offered me a portion and it was excellent!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, thanks so much for reading, I love my Xmas Pud! lol!

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      suzettenaples 4 years ago

      Yummy, Nell! We haven't had this since my Dad passed away. It was always part of our Christmas tradition because of him! This looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing a real English Pudding recipe with us!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I just read your paypal update, I think we all make mistakes like that, I never read the small print either! lol on anything! thanks for reading

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Sounds Yummy! Thanks Nell!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, tillsontitan, this is the long version! lol you can of course make an easier one, and buy it from a supermarket already made too, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      I never knew what was in Christmas pudding! Great recipe but it looks like a lot of work ;) Americans are lazy remember? Timely hub of course and great for those brave enough to try it! Pictures are really cool too. Voted up and interesting. A cultural lesson for us.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, rick, Happy Christmas! 500th Hub? wow! Congrats! hope you have a great time! cheers nell

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      rickzimmerman 7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Nell: Sounds like this pudding might be wortha try this holiday! I am also celebrating reaching my 500th Hub with a special holiday greeting to my followers! May this Festive Season bring you Warmth, Friendship and Happiness, no matter when or how or with whom you celebrate! To add to your holiday merriment, I offer all of my hubs devoted to this time of year: All About Santa; The Polar Bear; Kris Kringle, the College Years; An Alphabetical Christmas; All About the North Pole; Enjoy Reindeer; and, of course, Little-Known Santas No. 1 through No. 17! Enjoy!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, thanks for reading it, it took me a while but I had a go! don't think I will do it again though! ha ha but then i am not much of a cook, but I always try what I write about, thanks nell

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      This looks so good! I was raised on this stuff but never made my own but now I just might get brave try it. Thank you! :)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, it does take a lot of baking, I am sure there are other easier versions but I thought I would show the traditional one, I don't think I will make another one just yet though! lol thanks so much nell

      Hi, shygirl2, Happy Christmas to you too, and thanks so much, I didn't realise that people in America didn't eat this, I thought we all did! ha ha cheers nell

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      shygirl2 7 years ago

      I have never seen Christmas pudding to buy here in the states. So... I bookmarked your recipe. :) Thanks for this cool, old-fashioned tradition, Nell Rose. Happy Christmas!

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      Yummy yummy I see why you buy the already prepared this pudding takes a lot of TLC. I've always wanted to make one, but I'll wait til next year. Definitely voted up, marked useful, awesome, bookmarked and shared. Peace Ms. Nell.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Micky, thanks again for stopping by, I love seeing you, hope your aches are better now! lol cheers nell

      Hi, kathryn I tried to look it up on the computer, and if you put in the google search, can I put a xmas pudding in the oven, a couple came up that might be helpful, I was going to put the link in here, but it was too long! lol good luck, and thanks nell

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      kathryn1000 7 years ago from London

      I may try that.Do you know whether you can bake such puddings in the oven?I had a book once that told you but I can't find it/thanks for a good hub

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Congrats Nell Rose, you beautiful flower! You have the elusive "100". God bless Dear Nell! Great hub Dear Nell!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Wendy, thanks again for coming over, it was a bit daunting to say the least! ha ha but I had a go, good luck with the pudding! cheers nell

      p.s. I am on the case, so to speak! your mum asked about pubs, I am writing it now!

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      WeNdYpOoPoO 7 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

      Nell I love to cook baking I suck at anything that has to be measured out and you can't just throw a bit of this and that...Well if you ever were to sample a cookie I have tried to master home made you would understand. I do know what treacle is and I would assume alittle of this goes along way. I do know it has a bit of a strong bitter flavor to it. I think I will try to make this and see if I can. I am always up for a good cooking challenge.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, ashley, of course, go ahead, I hope it turns out great! my first attempt was a bit, well, slightly off centre, if you know what I mean! ha ha but good luck, thanks nell

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      ashleyyoung 7 years ago from United States

      Came back to copy and print your recipe Nell. May I share it with my sister? She's planning to whip one up for her in-laws.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Thanks Tina, I would love to come over for a visit, you never know! lol cheers nell

      Hi, carolina, you can probably cook it better than me! ha ha thanks as always nell

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I'm gonna print this out and try it!!

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Nell, I would love to have you.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, ashley, thanks for commenting, I hope yours turns out better than my first attempt! ha ha cheers nell

      Hi, Melinda, sorry about that, I do believe that there is probably another way of cooking it, this was just the original traditional one, but never mind! thanks again nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, bddonovan, thanks for taking time to read it, I totally agree, Christmas is a special time, but mainly just to get together with families, I love that part, thanks again nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Tina, it can be a bit confusing trying to find stuff that is used in cooking in one country, and not found in another one, I did try and add all the different measuring equivalences, and I hope it works out okay, and I would love to come over for Christmas! ha ha where's my passport? but seriously, one of these days I will be getting a new passport so you never know when I will end up sitting on your doorstep! lol cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Steph, thanks for stopping by, good luck with the Christmas Pudding! take care nell

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      ha ha ha.. I was going to try it I re read the instructions and found out ten hours of cooking and three hours of reheating..

      I thought it was one hour of cooking Nell..we shall see..maybe I can still try it after all..

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      ashleyyoung 7 years ago from United States

      Mmmmm! I can almost smell the cinnamon, delish! Now I can try whipping up one for my folks this Christmas instead of buying them. Thanks Nell! :)

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      bddonovan 7 years ago from Beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts

      My English mother never made Christmas pudding always wanted to try it. Christmas is such a special time for family traditions.

      gr82bme; I believe Sultanas are a white raisin.

      my hub on family cooking traditions can be found at

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Oh, I voted up and all that. Will also bookmark.

      I think you may have to come and show me how to make this one. Are you free this Christmas? LOL

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Nell, I have only seen this in the movies. I have not seen it here in the US. It looks like alot of work. LOL

      I don't know what black treacle or sultanas are.

      Also I did a hub on conversion charts, because I saw that other hubbers were asking people how to do it with some recipes. I think I may try this. Boy, won't my family be suprised!

      Oh here is that link.

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I've always wanted to make a Christmas pudding. Seems so festive and Dickensian! I have a great bread pudding recipe for the holidays, but yours I will have to try. Thumbs up!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Marie, thanks for reading it, I am sure your cooking is much better than mine! sometimes it turns out great, another it just goes all burnt and black! lol thanks so much nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, I am a useless cook sometimes! ha ha but I do try! thanks as always nell

      Hi, TheListLady, thanks for reading it, and for the bookmark I hope it turns out great! thanks nell

      Hi, prasetio, I will certainly send you some down the line! ha ha sorry if I made you hungry! thanks so much as always nell

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love pudding very much. I thought Christmas will complete with the existence of pudding. I really love your recipes. I believe your pudding is really delicious. Would you give me a little?...... Yummy. I'll vote to cure my hungry.

      Love and peace


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      Renee 7 years ago

      Hi Nell, will certainly try to make this pudding...though I wonder how good it will taste if I cook it...your recipe looks really yummy..I love cooking though so there's no harm in trying...wish me luck.

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      Hmmmm. You know I've always wanted to try a Christmas pudding - and then I can sing that song while I eat - you know "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - thanks for a super recipe. This looks great. And I love currants. Perfect!

      Rated up and bookmarked!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Yummy - and you NOT the cook!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, LeonJane, thanks so much for reading it, I hope it turns out okay, and you don't burn the first attempt, like me! lol cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello Hello, thanks for reading it, I hope it is useful, thanks nell

      Hi, CMHypno, I managed one so far, now I am going to try to do another! thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, crmcdonald, I think it is nice to try and make your own occasionally, I think, like me, now my son is older I tend to cook only occasionally, but now he is nagging me to do some home cooked food! Ah well, here we go again! lol thanks nell

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      LeonJane 7 years ago from Australia

      That looks so yum! Ive bookmarked to give it a go!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Alicia, my mum was a good cook too, I am not even half as good, but I do try! lol thanks so much nell

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi,Melinda, I am sure that you are a better cook than me! lol I tend to burn everything, but this did come out alright! thanks nell

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Sounds like a delicious Christmas pudding, Nell!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a great recipe.

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      crmcdonald 7 years ago

      Thanks for posting the recipe it sounds fantastic. Maybe this year will be the year first to tackle making one myself.

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      Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the recipe, Nell. My mother use to make our Christmas puddings too, but I’ve never made one myself. Maybe this year I’ll try making the pudding instead of buying it!

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Wow...even I can make you.

      I am sure I will love it and perhaps my son would too!!

      Thank you!!

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, ehern, thanks for reading it, I will make you one and send it in the post! ha ha

      Hi, christopher, that's cheating! hee hee I know what you mean though, I usually do that myself! thanks as always, nell

      Hi, Cheyenne, we always have Christmas pud over here, I do like some makes but others are a bit stodgy and I can't get out of my seat for about an hour after eating it! lol thanks so much

      Hi, debbie, I don't like the metric scale even though over here they try and make us use it! not me, I stick to the old inches miles and pints! ha ha thanks again nell

      Hi, sheila, I always thought that everyone ate Christmas pud! maybe not in America? thanks again nell

      Hi, Cagsil, thank you for reading it, it is worth it, even if it makes a mess! it's part of the fun of Christmas! lol thanks nell

      Hi, ellacor, I do try and do some cooking out of the ordinary sometimes, but not a lot! but when the idea takes hold, I have to give it a go!

      Hi, acaetnna, I hope it turns out great! mine sort of did...ha ha thanks again

      Hi, David, you can use suet instead, it is easier than fat, and I prefer it, sultanas are usually near the currants in the shop, but maybe you can't find the currants either! hee hee that's okay, just throw everything in it, it will turn out great! in the old days our grandma's used to put shillings or sixpences in the pudding for a treat! can you imagine that these days? someone would choke and then they would scream 'health and safety!' ha ha

      Hi, Polly, ha ha you can have one of my noughts! I don't mind, I am sure it will go back down like it always does, and good luck with the pudding! thanks as always for commenting you always make me smile, cheers nell

      Hi, cameciob, I am not that good at cooking, too impatient! ha ha but sometimes I just grit my teeth and go for it! you are welcome any time, bring the bottle of wine and we will have a party! lol cheers nell

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      Wow Nell, I will never be able to do this amazing pudding. Looks so sophisticated, like a work of art. If your cooking is as good as your writing then I'm sure it will turn to be fantastic. Good job! And oh...Can I pay you a visit at Christmas? Maybe you can set aside some pudding for me:).

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      That does look good, if I wrote myself a letter I might remember, ah I better jot it down and stick it to the fridge now with the dozens of others! Congrats on that 100 girl...although I sometimes feel like reaching up there and biting one of those 0's off. ha ha J/

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      davidseeger 7 years ago from Bethany, OK

      My, it sounds delicious. I thought I might try to make one. Then I read the contents. I'm not sure I can find all of that stuff. "Grated hard white fat?" What the heck is that? Sultana? I don't remember seeing those in our grocery store. I may have to send to England for the ingredients. Well, we'll see what happens. Thanks.

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      acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

      Well I am really going to make an effort to make my own Christmas Pudding this year, so thanks for the recipe, I will definitely try it out.

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      ellacor 7 years ago

      I have not made a Christmas pudding for years but this year I have decided to make my own again. Just lucky I spotted your recipe, so will give it a try and let you know the result. Thanks so much Nell Rose.

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Nell, that sounds like a great recipe. I'm looking forward to see how well I can do. I don't tend to make a mess of my kitchen and usually cook all the meals for the Holidays. So, I might give your recipe a try over the Holidays. Thank you for sharing and Keep up the great work. :)

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      Thank you, now I know what a Christmas pudding is. It looks wonderful.

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      debbiesdailyviews 7 years ago

      Oooooooo yummy, I swear I could smell that baking .

      I appreciated the way you gave us three types of measuring details too.

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      CheyenneAutumn 7 years ago

      I am going to try that this year! I have never had a Christmas pudding.. thank you for posting this! Merry Christmas to you as well!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I think I ought to vote this up as beautiful, not just because of your writing, but because of your yummy pudding recipe. I will still be going to the supermarket for mine though.

      Thanks Nell. You make me feel hungry.

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Yummy, now who can I find to make me one..LOL


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