1. In a large bowl add the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and spices
and mix well.
2. Add the treacle and mix.
3. Add in the breadcrumbs, all the fruit and the brandy, before
grating in the apple. Mix well until all combined.
4. Line the bottom of the pudding basin with a buttered
parchment circle and butter around the inside of the bowl.
5. Spoon the mixture into a 1.5kg (3lb) pudding basin, or 3x
500g (3x 1lb) basins and press the mixture down, leaving a 1-2
centimetre gap from the top.
6. Cover the top of the pudding mix with a parchment circle.
7. Take a square piece of parchment, and make a one inch pleat
across the middle. Repeat this with a piece of foil (both must
cover the diameter of the basin once pleated).
8. Place the parchment first, then the foil on top of the basin
and using string to tie both the parchment and foil around securely
around the top of the basin (dont worry if you have to tie a little
9. Place a trivet to stand the basin on and pour in hot water to
reach halfway up to the basin bowl.
10. Cover with lid and simmer for 3-4 hours depending on the
size of your pudding, remembering to top up the water. DO NOT allow
to boil dry.
11. To check if the pudding is ready, remove the pan from heat
and carefully remove the pudding. Lift off a section of foil and
insert a skewer. If it comes out clean the pudding is cooked.
12. Once cooked and cooled, leave the pudding in its bowl and
store in an airtight container in a cool room away from the light.
You can continue to add brandy if desired.
13. To serve on Christmas Day, place the pudding in a saucepan
with water as in step 9 and gently simmer for 1-2 hours. Again this
depends on the size of the pudding you have made.
14. Serve the pudding warm with brandy butter or brandy sauce.
To flame, warm brandy or rum in a small pan, pour it over the
pudding and set light to it.
- Use the lid of a jam jar, or scrunched up foil, if you dont
have a trivet.
- Make a handle with a length of foil to help lift out the
pudding. To do this, take a long strip of foil, approximately twice
the width of the saucepan you are using and fold over lengthwise,
to around 4' wide, and place on top of the trivet. The basin sits
on top of the foil, then twist the two ends together. This will
create a "handle" to enable you to safely and easily lift out the
basin. Do this with a teatowel.
- Any fruit can be added to make this pudding. Use whatever you
prefer, from dates, to apricots, to cherries.
- Nuts always taste great in christmas puddings too!
- Your pudding can be cooked in a steamer - just allow a little
longer. Again this will depend on the size of the puddings.
- The above mix will make 3 x 1lb puddings or 1 x 3lb pudding.
The smaller ones are great to make for gifts.
- Any basin can be used, for example plastic with a lid, foil,
- The pleat made in the parchment and foil is to accomodate the
"rise" in the pudding when it is cooked.