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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.12 / 5 (229 votes)

Prep time:
25 min, plus overnight soaking
Cook time:
3 hrs 30 min

Nigel Slater's delicious Christmas pudding has the seedy crunch of figs, a sparkle from hand-cut peel and a slight tartness from the apricots and orange zest


1. You will need two 1.5 litre plastic pudding basins and lids, buttered, two old sixpences or two pound coins, scrupulously scrubbed, two circles of greaseproof paper, buttered, large enough to cover the top of each pudding, with a single pleat folded down the centre of each.

2. Soak the sultanas, raisins or currants, figs, candied peel, apricots and cherries in the brandy overnight. The liquid won't cover the fruit but no matter; just give it a good stir now and again.

3. Mix the grated apples, orange juice and zest, beaten eggs, suet, sugar, crumbs and flour in a very large mixing bowl, then stir in the soaked fruit and the spice. Divide the mixture between the buttered pudding basins, tucking the coins in as you go. Cover with the greaseproof paper, folded with a pleat in the centre.

4. Pop the lids on and steam for three and a half hours. Allow the puddings to cool, then remove the greaseproof paper, cover tightly with cling ?lm and the plastic lid and store in a cool, dry place till Christmas.

5. To reheat: steam the puddings for a further three and a half hours. Turn out and flame with brandy.


  • 350 g sultanas
  • 350 g raisins, or currants
  • 150 g dried figs, chopped
  • 125 g mixed candied peel, chopped
  • 100 g dried apricots, chopped
  • 75 g dark glacĂ© cherries, halved
  • 150 ml brandy, plus some for flaming
  • 2 apples, or quince
  • 2 oranges, juice and zest
  • 6 eggs
  • 250 g shredded suet
  • 350 g soft muscovado sugar
  • 250 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 175 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice

Tips and suggestions

Rum or brandy butter

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Used this recipe last year for the first time. Will be using it again this year. Fantastic !!!

RoyL3557 RoyL3557  Posted 17 Nov 2013 11:59 AM

The flour goes in with suet, etc.

JennieC77782 JennieC77782  Posted 27 Nov 2010 10:19 AM

this is a delicious christmas pudding, everyone should try it Smile

underbank underbank  Posted 28 Jun 2009 1:55 AM

this is a delicious christmas pudding, everyone should try it Smile

underbank underbank Posted 28 Jun 2009 1:54 AM

When does the flour go in?

melfromhove melfromhove Posted 18 Dec 2008 1:54 PM