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Christmas Pudding

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Prep Time:

24 hours

Cooking Time:

4 hours

What’s a Christmas Day meal without the traditional flamed Christmas pudding to follow? The crackers have been pulled; the terrible jokes have been told and the table is a mass of devoured food and empty plates. But, there’s always room for pudding, right? Learn how to make Christmas pudding with ease to impress guests and keep stomachs full of our easy pudding recipe.

How To Make Christmas Pudding

There’s nothing better than tucking into some flamed Christmas pudding when the food coma has worn off. Dried fruit, orange juice and a range of spices are only a slither of the flavours going into this festive dessert. All set alight with brandy or whisky come evening. Learn how to make Christmas pudding perfectly this year with SPAR.

What you'll need:

  • 900g Mixed Dried Fruit (e.g. Raisins, Apricots, Figs, Cranberries, Sultanas)
  • 110g Self Raising Flour
  • 225g Brown Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs (beaten)
  • 225g Butter (plus extra for greasing)
  • 110g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg (grated)
  • 1 Orange
  • 100ml Orange Juice
  • 150ml Brandy


  1. Cut any larger pieces of mixed fruit until all are roughly around the same size. Place all dried fruit into a large bowl and pour over the brandy. Top Tip: If brandy isn’t the Christmas drink for you, whisky works just as well.
  2. Add grated zest of the orange to the fruit and then pour the orange juice. Mix together well and set aside in the refrigerator overnight covered by cling film.
  3. The next morning, using the extra butter, grease two pudding tins. Set aside.
  4. Using a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale in colour. Next, whisk in the beaten eggs gradually. Top Tip: Want to save some time? Try using an electric whisk.
  5. Next, add in the soaked fruit and juices. Stir for 1 minute and then add in the flour and breadcrumbs. Stir again, then add the spices for flavour. Continue to stir until the mixture is a dropping consistency.
  6. Pour the mixture into designated pudding tins and cover with foil. Next, with a steamer, steam the puddings for around 4 hrs.
  7. Once steamed, turn each pudding upside on a wire rack and leave to cool. Your homemade Christmas puddings are now ready to flare up and serve.


Making sure your servings are garnished well is just as important when it comes to flavour. Now you’ve read our recipe for Christmas pudding, pick up everything you need from your local SPAR. Whether it’s topping your masterpiece with light cherries, serving it up with custard or a dollop of brandy cream on the side. This Christmas pudding recipe is sure to send your guests off with a smile.

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*Recipe adapted from Foodista, licensed under CC BY 3.0.