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Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe.

Updated on October 10, 2016
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Elsie has been cooking for sixty years and has many recipes. I'm sharing some with you, some are my mothers recipes, hope you enjoy baking.

Christmas pudding being flamed after brandy has been poured over it.


Christmas Pudding

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

Mixing an christmas pudding.
Mixing an christmas pudding. | Source

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.

My Christmas pudding. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
My Christmas pudding. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

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


  1. METHOD:
  2. Put sultanas, raisins, currants into a large bowl.
  3. Add suet, mixing to combine.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into the fruit mixture.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Add breadcrumbs and mix through.
  7. In a separate bowl, beat brown sugar, eggs and milk together.
  8. Add to the fruit mixture, mixing thoroughly to combine.
  9. Stir in brandy.
  10. Spoon mixture into a well greased six cup capacity pudding basin.
  11. Cover with pleated greaseproof paper or foil.
  12. Secure with string. leaving a loop to lift the pudding when cooked.
  13. Place a trivet or old saucer in the bottom of a large saucepan half-filled with boiling water.
  14. Carefully lower pudding into the saucepan, making sure the water comes two-thirds of the way up the sides of basin.
  15. Cover and cook for 5 hours, making sure water is constantly bubbling.
  16. Check water level from time to time.
  17. Remove from saucepan when cooked.
  18. Leave until cold.
  19. Wrap well and store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  20. Steam for a further 2 hours before serving.
5 stars from 1 rating of Christmas Pudding

Christmas Cooking.

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?

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Brandy Sauce.

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


  1. METHOD:
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Add the corn flour and stir to create a thick paste.
  4. Cook for 1 minute taking care not to burn.
  5. Using a hand whisk, slowly add the milk, stirring vigorously.
  6. Continue whisking until thick smooth sauce is formed (about 5 minutes).
  7. Do not have the heat too high or the base of the sauce may burn.
  8. Add the sugar and whisk until dissolved.
  9. Lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes stirring from time to time.
  10. Finally add the brandy, taste for desired flavored.
  11. Serve with the Christmas pudding.

How to make brandy sauce

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Do You Make A Traditional Christmas Pudding

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      Elsie Hagley 23 months ago from New Zealand

      Yes, I'm looking forward to my piece of Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, I can taste it already, my mouth is watering.

      Hope everyone reading this has a wonderful Christmas and enjoy a prospers 2016.

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      sujaya venkatesh 23 months ago

      tempting this season

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      great recipe look delicious thanks for sharing

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      This is great! I haven't had a real Christmas pudding since I was a young girl and a friend from the mainland sent us one in the mail for Christmas. I will definitely buy the ingredients to try this recipe this year. Thank you so much! *Squid Angel Blessed* and I've added your link to My Squid Angel Wings. I put the link into 2 featured spots: "Food & Cooking » Recipes" neighborhood and the "Holidays & Celebrations » Christmas Magazine" neighborhood. I couldn't make up my mind. LOL. Must be the Gemini in me. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas, Elsie!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such a beautiful lens, I enjoyed reading about making pudding with your mom, it brings back memories of my childhood with my Gran, she used to put a sixpence in the pudding :) Angel blessed *

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Although not a tradition where I am from, we always enjoy this pudding when going to London. Only once have I eaten a home-made one!

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I have never tried one, but they look delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      This has made my mouth water. Must try!!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Something to try out for this Christmas.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @travelbroad: They are - Skimmia is a genus of four species of evergreen shrubs and small trees in the Rue family, Rutaceae, all native to warm temperate regions of Asia.

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      travelbroad 6 years ago

      Wanted to know what those red berries were that were garnishing your pudding? Are they edible? They look like mistletoe.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Won't be long.

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      TeacherRenee 6 years ago

      I've never made one before! But you made it look so easy, thanks!

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      scss 6 years ago

      In the Danish rice pudding for Christmas Eve dinner there is usually a big whole almond, and whoever gets it wind the Marzipan Pig --- I can tell you the competition really gets hot around the dinner table for who will get that delicious marzipan treat!!!

      Helene Malmsio

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This pudding looks really yummy. My mother used to make the traditional Christmas pudding.Now its bought one but maybe with is recipe to go by it won't be anymore.Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love Christmas pudding, and this recipe looks fantastic! I am going to try it this year! Thanks for sharing the tradition of putting coins in the pudding--this sounds especially fun!

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Looks really good, you must be an expert on this one, bet your kids and grandkids love it!

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago