Traditional Christmas pudding recipes


Make your own traditional Christmas pudding
with our collection of tried and tested recipes.
They’re easy to make and the outcome
is a gloriously rich and fruity festive dessert classic 

With an alluring mix of spices, dried fruit and alcohol, a Christmas pudding is superb
served warm with dollops of cream, custard or brandy butter.  Guaranteed to put you in a
festive mood, a successful pudding is dark in colour and rich in flavour. 

Bring Christmas lunch to a close with these easy to make recipes

Shop Christmas puddings

How to flame a
Christmas pudding

For some festive flair,
serve your guests a flaming pudding


Step 1
Warm 100 ml of your chosen spirit ( brandy, rum, whisky or vodka)
in a small saucepan but make sure you don’t allow it to boil. 

Step 2
Pour it over the pudding, keeping it at arm’s length, then quickly ignite.

Inspiring ways to use up leftover Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding brownies

Christmas pudding brownies

These fudgy, spiced brownies are great
served chilled as a festive afternoon treat, or
warm for dessert with ice cream

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Christmas pudding filo cigars

Christmas pudding filo cigars

Softened Christmas pudding encased
in cripsy filo pastry – a wonderful way
to use up leftovers

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If you prefer something different,
why not try our Christmas puddings with a twist recipes


A potted history of Christmas pudding

The last Sunday before Advent is traditionally the day to make your
Christmas pudding: this year Stir-up Sunday falls on
the 24 November 2019.  Every member  of the family should give the
mix a stir and make a wish for the year to come.
Early versions of plum pudding contained meat and many recipes still call for
beef suet. Grated carrot is sometimes included, a reminder of
the root vegetables that once bulked out the dish.
It's said that the person who finds a coin hidden in their portion will have
good fortune for the year to come. Hosts with hungry youngsters at the
table should be vigilant though.  As noted in Elizabeth David's Christmas

"The drama of inadvertently swallowed coins and charms is
something one can do without on Christmas day."