• Feel Good
  • 18th Dec 2021
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Christmas pudding with brandy butter

This beautiful boozy indulgent dessert is sure to get you in the seasonal spirit.

Serves: 8


For the Christmas pudding

115g of self-raising flour

110g of white breadcrumbs

110g of suet

250g of soft brown sugar

1/2 tsp ground mixed spice

1/4 tsp nutmeg, grated

1/4 tsp cinnamon

50g of nibbed almonds

90g of dates, stones removed

125g of raisins

125g of sultanas

125g of currants

25g of mixed peel

1 Bramley apple, peeled and grated

1 orange, juiced and zested

1 lemon, juiced and zested

3 eggs

75ml of rum

75ml of brandy

75ml of Guinness

100g of golden syrup


For the brandy butter

Brandy to taste

100g of unsalted butter, softened

225g of icing sugar


To plate

200ml of double cream




To prepare the pudding mix, sift the flour into a bowl and combine with the breadcrumbs, suet, almonds, sugar and spices

Remove the stones from the dates, chop the flesh and combine with the remaining fruits. Add to the flour mixture and mix well

Whisk the eggs together and add to the pudding mixture with the rum, brandy, Guinness and golden syrup. Stir thoroughly to combine

Leave the mix in the fridge for 1 week to develop its flavour. During this time, taste the mixture occasionally – more spices or alcohol can be added if required

To cook the pudding, butter and flour a pudding basin, then fill it 3/4 of the way up the side with the mixture. Place a circle of parchment paper on top of the mixture, cover the basin with tin foil and seal tightly

Place in a steamer and steam the pudding for 4 hours. Once cooked, allow to cool and store tightly wrapped in the fridge or a cool place until required. To reheat the puddings, return to the steamer and steam for a further 2 hours

To prepare the brandy butter, add the butter to a large bowl and allow to soften. Once soft enough to beat, whisk the butter until light and creamy

Add the icing sugar and beat again until all of the sugar is mixed in, then whisk in the brandy, tasting to achieve the right balance of sweetness and alcohol. Store the butter in the fridge until required

Serve the reheated Christmas pudding with a good dollop of brandy butter or some cream. If desired, turn down the lights, splash some more brandy over the hot pudding and set it alight!


Recipe credit: Great British Chefs

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