November 22nd, the last Sunday before Advent is time to gather the family to enjoy the wonderful tradition of making a Christmas pudding together. Make a size to suit your family and maybe some extras to give away as gifts.
Our recipe is loaded with pieces of fruit as well as a tot of brandy – it’ll win over the harshest critics.
There are dozens of amazing mincemeat recipes out there, some of the best have been handed down the generations. If you have extra time, experiment and make your own, remember what you did and adapt for next year! However it’s still a wonderful achievement to make your own puddings with pre-mixed mincemeat.
Ingredients – Makes 1 large or several mini puddings. Use a 1.5 litre pudding dish, or adapt to what ever size you have.
- 1½ x 411g jars luxury mincemeat
- Grated zest of 1 large orange chopped fine
- 2 tbsp brandy
- 50g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
Parchment paper & string, if giving as a gift you’ll need tissue paper and wrapping string.
If you are using jars of mincemeat, use any left overs with a sheet of puff pastry to make some speedy mince pies
- 1. Generously grease your pudding bowl and cut a circle of parchment paper big enough to cover the basin at least half-way down.
- 2. Empty mincemeat jars into a bowl
- 3. Add chopped orange zest, beaten eggs, brandy, all spice, breadcrumbs and flour.
- 4. This is the chance to get the family involved to stir up and make a wish!
- 5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared dishes and cover with a layer of parchment paper tied with string.
- 6. Put the pudding dish in a large, deep pan, and pour in water until it comes halfway up the side of the pudding bowl. Cover and steam for 3 hours at 120C. Check that the water doesn’t evaporate during the 3 hours.
- Alternatively, cover loosely with greaseproof paper and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes.
- 7. Once cooled wrap as gifts and store in a cool dry place.
- On Christmas day steam again or microwave on high for 8-10 minutes. Turn the pudding onto a serving plate, add a sprig of rosemary or holly.
- To flame, warm some brandy or rum in a small pan or on a spoon, pour it over the hot pudding and set light to it.
- Please take care when lighting the brandy, don’t pour the brandy on your decorations and keep children’s faces well back as it will flash on ignition.
How to Make: Easy Christmas Pudding
Take a look at our classes online, booking is easy and you’ll be sent a confirmation email. Cookery gift vouchers are available and never expire.