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- Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard

Recipe: It is that time of year for this classic pudding

This classic Christmas pudding is a must have for the holidays

8w ago
Christmas Pudding

This is a very classic and delicious pudding recipe. If it ain’t broke..

Prep time30min
Cook time3h 15min
Total time3h 45min


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup, firmly packed brown sugar
  • 375g mixed dried fruit
  • ½ cup halved glacé cherries
  • ½ cup chopped mixed nuts
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 teaspoons brandy or a bit more 😉
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • Icing sugar, or brandy custard to serve


  1. Sift the flour, mixed spice, nutmeg and ginger into a large bowl.
  2. Add the brown sugar, dried fruit, cherries and mix nuts.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and butter or margarine to the simmer. Remove this from the heat just before it comes to the boil, being careful not to let it boil over.
  4. Add the brandy, vanilla essence and bicarbonate of soda and stir well.
  5. Pour milk mixture into the fruit mixture and stir until well combined. (The pudding mixture will be quite wet.)
  6. Spoon pudding mixture onto the centre of the calico cloth and gather up the cloth around the mixture.
  7. Tie the calico tightly with string to seal about 3cm above mixture to allow for expansion during cooking.
  8. Fill a large pot ¼ full with water and bring to the boil.
  9. Add pudding (the water should come ½ way up side of pudding). Cover with a lid and boil over medium heat for 3 hours, adding extra boiling water when necessary during cooking.
  10. Remove pudding from saucepan and stand for 10 minutes.
  11. Carefully peel away calico, turn onto on a plate and dust with icing sugar or pour generously with warm brandy custard to serve.

Recipe Notes

You will need some calico cloth, or something similar for this recipe.

Recipe by

Chef Simonetta

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Comments (29)

  • You know Christmas is around the corner, when the pudding comes out 😋👏

      1 month ago
  • AMAZING!!!

    Copied this recipe down!

    Looks Incredible bro!!!

    Fantastic job 😲😎👍🏼

      1 month ago
  • Sounds interesting! What is calico cloth?!

      1 month ago
    • Calico is a plain-woven fabric made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton

        1 month ago
    • I was just googled it and it looks like muslin is our closest

        1 month ago
  • Wow! Look at this!

      1 month ago
  • This sounds a bit complex for me but it does sound really good. Did you use a flavored brandy?

      1 month ago
    • It is not as bad as you think 😉 No just every day simple brandy for this one..lol but I imagine peach brandy would be bomb!

        1 month ago
    • I would like to see it done and maybe that would help. Fair enough, I do like peach brandy

        1 month ago