• Makes 1
  • 7 hours
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 17 Ingredients


A tradition in our family . The spicy smell throughout the house while its cooking is beautiful.

Ingredients (makes 1 pudding)

  • 230 grams margarine
  • 120 grams white sugar
  • 120 grams brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 230 grams plain flour
  • 120 grams self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp carb soda
  • 1 teaspoons caramel coloring
  • 1/2 kg sultanas
  • 230 grams currants
  • 230 grams raisins chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 4 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1/2 packet glace cherries chopped
  • 6-7 pieces crystalized ginger chopped
  • 6 dried figs chopped
  • 1 unbleached calico pudding cloth


  1. Put all fruit in a bowl . Add Brandy and mix to combine
  2. LEAVE OVER NIGHT stirring a couple of times
  3. Cream butter and sugars
  4. add eggs , one at a time beating well after each addition
  5. Add caramel colouring Add flours ,carb soda and spice
  6. Mix well
  7. Wet pudding cloth and sprinkle with flour. Shake off excess
  8. Drape over a bowl and pour the mixture in to the centre of cloth
  9. pull cloth together at the top and tie tightly with kitchen string
  10. Drop into large pot of boiling water and Boil for 5-6 hours
  11. Carefully take out of pan, untie and sit pudding on a plate to cool down completely. Turn upside down for an hour or so to dry out the bottom of the pudding
  12. Keep covered in a cool dry place


Don't be put off by the amount of ingredients, it's not a hard recipe. yes it takes time to cook but it's worth it . This pudding is lighter than other traditional christmas puddings that can be a little stodgy. I usually double this recipe and it makes a huge pudding but by the time every one has a piece and takes some home .... we have enough over to treat ourselves over the next few months . It keeps really well

  • I think I’ll have to make this for my grandparents! They would love!!


  • Thanx for sharing. My experience is that Xmas pudding doesn’t need sugar added as the dried fruits make it already very sweet.


  • I love this treat.


  • This looks delicious. Alas, none of my family is a big pudding fan so we get a token small one.


  • We don’t love Christmas pudding so I only ever buy a small one. But my Mum is the Queen of the Christmas fruit cake and nobody else is allowed to make it!


  • Oh this looks so good. Yum!


  • Your pudding looks amazing! I bet it smells and tastes awesome too!


  • This sounds just like the one my Nanna used to make every year except it had a 6 pence coin in it for every person at the table. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of those wonderful Christmas times


  • Thanks so much for sharing your tradition and I can just imagine the smell of it while its cooking permeating the whole house. Easier to do than mine, so will try yours this year.


  • Your Christmas pudding look’s so delicous,thank-you!


  • Your recipe has less ingredients then the one I make, so will try yours. My step mother hangs her pudding from a broom stick and lets it dry them. She makes her about Father’s Day for the flavour to really soak through.


  • oh wow your pudding sounds exciting – I have never heard of using caramel colouring in a pudding before I am intrigued by that and will have to give it a try – thank you for sharing your recipe


  • Thanks for sharing your family recipe/tradition, lovely.


  • A yummy looking Christmas pudding – my favourite food to make at Christmas time – love making my pudding too.


  • So fantastic thanks for sharing your recipe..


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