Monday, December 19, 2011


By: Tamasin Day-Lewis From: Tamasin's Great British Classics 



200 g plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp mace
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice
200 g sultanas
200 g raisins
200 g currants
225 g pitted ready-to-eat Agen prunes
225 g stoned dates
450 g molasses sugar
110 g shelled Brazil nuts, chopped
110 g almonds
200 g brown breadcrumbs
2 crisp eating apples
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
170 g beef or vegetarian suet, or substitute melted butter
6 eggs, beaten
3-4 tbsp milk
1 orange, juice and grated zest
60 ml Somerset cider brandy, or cognac
300 ml Guinness


1. Lightly butter 3 x 600ml pudding basins.

2. Sift the flour into a very large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and beat, until everything is thoroughly combined. The mixture should have a dropping consistency.

3. Fill the pudding basins to just over three-quarters full. Cover with a pleated layer of greaseproof paper and put a pleated layer of foil on top; this will allow the pudding to rise. Tie securely with kitchen string.

4. Place the puddings in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan or casserole dish on a trivet or layer of foil. You may need to use more than one saucepan. Fill the pan with boiling water, to reach halfway up the sides of the puddings. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Cook at a gentle simmer for 6 - 7 hours, topping up with water every couple of hours if you need to.

5. Take the puddings out of the water, remove the foil and greaseproof and leave to cool. Cover the puddings with fresh greaseproof and foil and store until ready to use. If you have made the puddings in advance, they may be fed with extra brandy through skewer holes.

6. Before serving on Christmas Day, the puddings should be steamed for a further 2-3 hours


  1. Love the pic..
    Would love to include it in my event. If possible, please go through the rules of my event Jingle All The Way and link your post there.
    (Your song scared me! :D Didn't know where it was coming from!)

  2. my grandma and mom also make a similar pudding...gr8 recipe !

  3. wow nice pudding..gr8 treat for new year..:)
    hey can ulink it to my ongoing event dessert for new year