How to Make Traditional Christmas Pudding at Home

Gather Your Ingredients

You'll need flour, breadcrumbs, eggs, butter, suet, brown sugar, dried fruit, citrus zest, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Prepare the Dried Fruit

Soak dried fruit in brandy or rum for at least 24 hours. This enhances the flavor and keeps the pudding moist.

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Combine Dry Ingredients

Mix flour, breadcrumbs, and sugar in a large bowl. Add suet, citrus zest, and your favorite spices.

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Add Wet Ingredients

Beat the eggs and add them to the dry mixture. Pour in the soaked fruit along with any remaining liquid.

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Stir Well

Mix everything until well combined. The pudding mixture should be thick and sticky.

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Fill the Pudding Basin

Grease a pudding basin and fill it with the mixture. Cover with parchment paper and foil, then secure with a string.

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Steam the Pudding

Place the pudding basin in a steamer or a pot of simmering water. Steam for at least 4 hours, adding water as needed.

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Let It Mature

Store the pudding in a cool, dark place for at least a month. This allows the flavors to develop and intensify.

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