- Holidays and Celebrations
Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe.
Christmas pudding being flamed after brandy has been poured over it.
Christmas pudding is a dessert traditionally served on Christmas Day (December 25). My mother always made a Christmas pudding every year, after getting married I continued making them, actually the year she died she enjoyed her last Christmas in my home using her recipe.
I have been making Christmas puddings for 50 years for my family, so here I am, after that many Christmas puddings, I must be an expert, and I have never had my family refuse to eat them yet. Actually, they will not let me stop making them as they enjoy them so much, I still make them and take them to my family as my share towards the Christmas feast.
Old English Christmas Pudding Recipe
Helping mother with christmas pudding preparations
Christmas pudding was always made about thanksgiving time, four to five weeks before Christmas, in order to enhance the flavour, also Christmas puddings have very good keeping properties.
In my early years as a teenager, I would always help my mother prepare the Christmas Pudding, and my mother believed, that as tradition everyone in the household, or at least, every child, give the mixture a stir and made a wish while doing so. I know I had more than one stir while mixing it, maybe that is why my wishes never seem to come true. We always included small silver coins in the pudding mixture, which could be kept by the person whose serving included them. The usual choice was a silver threepence or a sixpence piece. The coin was believed to bring wealth in the coming year.
It is only in the last five years that I have stopped putting coins in the Christmas pudding, I know coins pose a choking hazard, but I never had anyone choke, because they all knew there were coins in it, but they took them out with their spoon and never swallowed them, because no real silver coins are available, no one ever got sick for eating Christmas pudding that had coins in it.
Every year I would search through the house looking for threepenny or sixpenny coins. There wasn't a money box, drawer or handbag that wasn't searched. They were all boiled up and added to the family pudding. The family used to see which one of them would get the most coins.
Once we changed to cents and dollars, there seemed to be ten and twenty cents added. Yes and father never got any money in his, even when I made sure he had a coin as he would pass it over to someone else's plate when they were not looking. At the end of the meal, everyone would take their money wash it, count it up, to see who got the most.
It was real fun which the whole family joined in and the grandchildren loved it, it was the highlight of their Christmas dinner, which they looked forward to every year.
Traditional Christmas Pudding
- 1 cup sultanas
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup currants
- 1 cup shredded suet
- 1 cup standard plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups soft breadcrumbs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon brandy
- Put sultanas, raisins, currants into a large bowl.
- Add suet, mixing to combine.
- Sift flour, baking powder, mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into the fruit mixture.
- Mix well.
- Add breadcrumbs and mix through.
- In a separate bowl, beat brown sugar, eggs and milk together.
- Add to the fruit mixture, mixing thoroughly to combine.
- Stir in brandy.
- Spoon mixture into a well greased six cup capacity pudding basin.
- Cover with pleated greaseproof paper or foil.
- Secure with string. leaving a loop to lift the pudding when cooked.
- Place a trivet or old saucer in the bottom of a large saucepan half-filled with boiling water.
- Carefully lower pudding into the saucepan, making sure the water comes two-thirds of the way up the sides of basin.
- Cover and cook for 5 hours, making sure water is constantly bubbling.
- Check water level from time to time.
- Remove from saucepan when cooked.
- Leave until cold.
- Wrap well and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
- Steam for a further 2 hours before serving.
Christmas is a very special time of the year, a time to celebrate in joyful wonder, a time to embrace longstanding traditions and establish new ones. What better treat than baking a Christmas pudding which is really the making a special Christmas bring the cheer to all.
Have a peek through the recipe whether it is my one or someone else on video. Enjoy.
How To Make The Perfect Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding Poll
Did you have coins or other tokens such as a tiny wishbone (to bring good luck), a silver thimble (for thrift), or an anchor (to symbolise safe harbour) in your Christmas Pudding?
Of course you cannot have a Christmas Pudding without the Brandy Sauce, this is what my family love.
I usually double the recipe, if there is any left over, it is nice to eat cold like custard.
Can be heated up for next day if you have any christmas pudding over.
- 55 grams butter
- 55 grams corn flour
- 570 ml milk
- 55 grams fine caster sugar
- 5 tbsp Brandy
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
- Add the corn flour and stir to create a thick paste.
- Cook for 1 minute taking care not to burn.
- Using a hand whisk, slowly add the milk, stirring vigorously.
- Continue whisking until thick smooth sauce is formed (about 5 minutes).
- Do not have the heat too high or the base of the sauce may burn.
- Add the sugar and whisk until dissolved.
- Lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes stirring from time to time.
- Finally add the brandy, taste for desired flavored.
- Serve with the Christmas pudding.
How to make brandy sauce
© 2011 Elsie Hagley