Mum's Christmas pudding recipe

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Makes 1 x 2L/3.5 pint and 1 x 1L/1.75 pint pudding

Prep time 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins


450g white breadcrumbs
350g golden caster sugar
225g vegetarian suet
100g self-raising flour
50g almonds , roughly chopped
225g currants
225g sultanas
225g raisins
175g mixed peel
1 tsp each mixed spice , ground ginger and grated nutmeg
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 eggs
2 tbsp treacle
zest and juice 1 lemon
zest and juice 1 orange


1. Place all the ingredients, except the eggs, treacle and lemon and orange juice, into your largest bowl with 1 tsp salt, then mix. Add the remaining ingredients along with 700ml water, then mix to a consistency that drops off your spoon. Cover and leave in a cool place overnight. The mixture will become firm.

2. The next day, add enough water to bring the mix back to a dropping consistency, then spoon into greased pudding basins - we used a 2 litre and a 1 litre. Cover with pleated greaseproof paper and foil, and secure with string.

3. Lower the puddings into a saucepan with upturned saucers or scrunched-up bits of foil in the bottom (so the puds don't touch the bottom), then fill with boiling water from the kettle until it comes halfway up the sides of the bowl. Simmer the smaller pudding for 2-2½ hrs and the larger one for 3-3½ hrs. Cool, wrap well in foil and chill for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Per Serving
429 kcalories, protein 6g, carbohydrate 81g, fat 11 g, saturated fat 4g, fibre 2g, sugar 54g, salt 1.26 g

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2011.

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