Traditional Christmas Plum Pudding Recipe

Recipes for traditional Plum Pudding to be enjoyed at Christmas time or through the year. List of ingredients and step by step instructions on how to make a traditional Christmas plum pudding:

Plum pudding is a traditional English Christmas dessert and a real winter warmer. It is stuffed full of dried fruits and nuts and this high fruit content is blamed for many a winter wind! This easy to make traditional plum pudding recipe can be made a few days before ready to be eaten or can be stored in an airtight container or tin to be enjoyed at a later date. It is the custom to pour whisky or brandy over the plum pudding on Christmas day and to set light to the alcohol before serving the pudding. Tradition has it that this will ward off any evil spirits.

Ingredients for Plum Pudding

Small cooking apple that has been peeled, cored and diced
110g of diced dried figs
110g of raisins
50g of sultanas
50g of mixed peel
100g of blanched almonds that have been finely chopped
25g of chopped hazelnuts
25g of chopped brazil or macademia nuts
Grated rind and the juice of half a lemon
50g of muscovado sugar
50g butter
50g of clear honey
75g of white breadcrumbs
Half a teaspoon of mixed spice
2 beaten eggs
1 tablespoon of rum
3 tablespoons of brandy

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Directions to make Plum Pudding

Butter line a pudding basin that will comfortably allow a volume of 900mls (One and a half pints).

In a small pan warm the butter with the honey until the butter gently melts and mixes with the honey.

In a large mixing bowl mix in the apple, dried fruits, breadcrumbs, spice, nuts, lemon rind and lemon juice.

Pour the melted honey and butter mixture into the bowl. Then add the eggs and the alcohol and give it all a good stir. Some people do this with their family as Stir Up Sunday.

After wishes have been made pour this mixture into the previously buttered pudding basin. Press the contents firmly down. Cover the basin with a piece of greaseproof paper and then kitchen foil. Pleats should be made in the top to allow for expansion during the steaming of the pudding. Tie the paper and foil onto the basin with string.

Place a small block of wood into a large pot which has a lid and put some water in the pot so that it just covers the block. Put the basin onto the wood block.

Steam over a low but constant heat for about three hours. You will need to lift the lid of the pot occasionally to top up the water that has been lost from evaporation.

After three hours removed from the cooker top and set aside the basin to cool down. Once cooled place in a cold place to chill the traditional plum pudding for a few days.

Remove the kitchen foil and greaseproof paper and replace with fresh pieces. When you are ready to serve the traditional Christmas plum pudding you will need to steam for one hour before serving.

Serve this traditional plum pudding recipe with your favourite sauce or topping like custard, cream or brandy butter. This traditional Christmas plum pudding will serve about eight people.

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