My Mum’s Christmas Pudding Recipe

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My Mum’s Christmas Pudding Recipe.

We’re quite traditional with our Christmas meal but, our Christmas pudding is a little different. A lot of people don’t like it; it can be dense, have lots of crunchy currants, taste burnt or overdone and perhaps seem steeped in too much alcohol. That’s the difference, though similar in some ways, my mum’s Christmas pudding recipe is light, full of juicy, tasty fruit and in no ways does it taste burnt or overly alcoholic.

This recipe has been handed down through the Yorkshire generations from my grandmother, to my mum and on to me and my siblings. Everyone loves it and we’ve converted people who were very anti-Christmas pudding to our version over the years.

You might think it looks complicated, but it’s not really, in essence everything gets put into one large bowl.

My Mum's Christmas Pudding Recipe


  • 4 oz self-raising flour
  • 4 oz breadcrumbs
  • 4 oz suet or margarine
  • 4 oz currants (but you can substitute with other dried fruit - try apricots)
  • 4 oz raisins
  • 4 oz sultanas
  • 2 oz mixed peel (you can also use glacé cherries)
  • 3 oz demerara sugar (or normal white granulated if necessary)
  • 1 oz chopped nuts
  • ½ - 1 medium/large grated apple (or carrot)
  • ½ - 1 medium/large lemon (rind and juice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp marmalade (or Golden Syrup)
  • ⅛ pt milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp grated nutmeg
  1. Mix the flour, sugar, breadcrumbs and suet. Add all the peels, dried fruit, nuts and apple. Mix well and add salt and spices.
  2. Beat the eggs and add to the dry mixture with the lemon juice, milk and marmalade.
  3. Mix thoroughly adding more liquid if necessary.
  4. Line your basin just at the base with a circle of greaseproof paper. Pour your mixture into the basin and cover the top with a double layer of greaseproof paper and foil pleated in the middle, which will allow the pudding to expand while cooking. Tie the greaseproof paper on with string around the rim or lip of the bowl and I'd also recommend tying a handle on to the string around the rim to make it easier to lift in and out of the pan.
  5. Steam for 3 hours. Remember to make sure you keep your basin off the bottom of the pan, by using a saucer or a batch of scrunched up foil. Make sure the pan doesn't boil dry. Keep your eye on it and check regularly. Take a look at the links below if you haven't steamed a pudding before.
  6. Your pudding is now cooked and ready to store. Snip off the string and remove the used cooking papers. The beauty of a steamed pudding like this is that you can keep it wrapped in a cool dark cupboard for a few weeks ready for Christmas day, or make it months in advance and freeze it. We love it so much we usually make a double batch and freeze one.
  7. To reheat your pudding either steam it again for 1 hour, (using the same preparation methods for cooking, with new papers) or you can microwave it on 'High' for around 10 minutes for a 2-pint pudding, depending on your microwave.


Items you may need

This recipe makes one 2-pint pudding which serves about four, (four of us anyway). You’ll need a suitable basin that you can put in a pan of water and steam for a long time, that has a good lip or rim on it so you can tie string around it to hold the top on. We always use a 2-pint Pyrex bowl. You’ll also need greaseproof paper, aluminium foil, string, a large pan for steaming, a large mixing bowl and a wooden spoon.


If you’ve never made a steamed pudding before there are a couple of links below that take you to videos on the BBC Food website. The first shows you how to prepare your pudding to be steamed and the other on the steaming technique.


Join Lesley Waters for ‘How to’ prep your pudding and also steaming tips.

BBC – Food – Techniques : Wrapping a pudding for steaming
BBC – Food – Techniques : Steaming a pudding


One lovely light, tasty, Christmas pudding, serve with a sweet, white sauce – that’s just a case of mixing sugar, cornflower and milk together and heating – or with a topping of your choice.



DreyaB is British-born and now living in rural France where she lives the simple life along with her partner and various assorted animals. She writes on a wide variety of subjects including Formula One, arts and crafts and reviews of books, games and her favourite products. To see more of her writing and articles click here

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  1. You need to add rum to that white sauce though 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. I would be more than willing to taste test your Mum’s Christmas Pudding, as long as you make it for me. I stay out of the kitchen as much as possible these days.

    • I’d be more than happy to Ruth! The other half does most of the cooking if I’m honest (ex-chef lucky me!) but this is one of the recipes that I will make. So am I coming to you or are you coming to me?! :0)

      • Oh my, I can just see me and my dog Valentino flying over for your Christmas pudding! I guess I could find myself an ex-chef too. Lucky you!

  3. Yum, this recipe sounds tasteful. I have had many different versions of this recipe. Just like you described in your post. It takes a good cook to prevent any of those. Sounds like your mother is an exactly cook.

    • Thanks Sandy. Yes, both Mum and Grandma were brilliant cooks. It’s a shame I didn’t get that gene! But I can make this and not get it wrong – we still all love it. :0)

  4. Your recipe looks great here! I am not usually a fan of Christmas pudding as most are just too heavy, but this sounds a lighter version and more fruity so I may enjoy it 🙂

    • Thanks Jasmine. :0) That is partly the point of this recipe, it’s not as heavy and solid as some of the traditional ones, though it is a fruity steamed pudding so there is some depth in there! Thanks for taking a look. :0)

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