Christmas pudding with brandy-butter sauce

Prep 30 min
Total 4 hours 45 min
Plus Serves: 8



1 tbsp
1/3 cup
2% milk or stout beer
1/4 cup
brandy or whiskey
2 3/4 cups
fresh bread crumbs, preferably homemade
1 1/2 cups
finely chopped suet
1 cup
1 cup
sultana raisins
3/4 cup
all-purpose flour
1/2 cup
mixed candied peel

Brandy sauce

3 tbsp
1 tbsp
all-purpose flour
1/4 cup
1/4 cup


  • PREHEAT oven to 250F. Lightly grease a 1.5-L oven-safe stainless steel or glass bowl with shortening. (The bowl should be able to hold 6 1/3 cups water.) Completely coat with 4 tsp sugar. Discard any excess.
  • BEAT eggs with milk and brandy in a large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs, suet, currants, raisins, flour, 1/2 cup sugar and mixed peel until combined. Scrape into prepared bowl and smooth top. Cover with a piece of parchment, then a piece of foil. Fasten tightly with twine around top lip of bowl. Trim overhanging edges to 1 in., then fold upwards.
  • PLACE bowl in a large oven-safe pot. Carefully pour in boiling water so it reaches three-quarters of the way up sides of bowl, making sure it does not touch the parchment or foil. Bake in centre of oven until set, 4 hours.
  • REMOVE bowl carefully from pot, using 2 oven mitts. It will be very hot. Discard parchment and foil. Let cool 15 min before unmoulding.
  • MELT butter in a small saucepan over medium. Whisk in flour until combined. Add sugar, brandy and water. Boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, 3 to 4 min.
  • FLIP warm pudding onto a platter. Serve warm with brandy-butter sauce.


Calories 622, Protein 8 g, Carbohydrates 88 g, Fat 27 g, Fibre 3 g, Sodium 178 mg. Good source of Folate

Prep tips

Using shortening (instead of butter or oil) to grease the bowl makes the pudding easier to remove. Also, we found it easier to unmould the pudding while it was still warm.

Substitution tip

If you’re not a fan of raisins or currants, simply substitute an equal amount of your favourite dried fruit such as dried cranberries, apricots or figs.

Ingredient tip

Suet is similar to lard. It’s the fat of choice in most traditional steamed puddings because it has a richer flavour than other fats and gives the pudding a luxurious texture. We also tested this recipe with shortening and found it wasn’t as good.

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