My family’s famous Christmas pudding recipe 52



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My grandmother has the most amazing Christmas pudding recipe that she has passed down the family and has been so kind to share with us today.

As you can see, she handwrote this and it was one of those recipes you hold so close to your heart, plus it doesn’t hurt that it tastes great!

Here’s my grandmother’s recipe for making a delicious pudding for your family.


  • 450g butter
  • 2 cups castor sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups currants
  • 1/2 cup dates and prunes
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups sultanas
  • 1/2 cup mixed peel
  • 1/2 cup Jordan almonds
  • 5 cups fine white breadcrumbs
  • 2.5 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp parisian essence


  1. Prepare fruit, and blanch and chop almonds
  2. Beat butter, sugar, salt and grated lemon rind until creamy
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each egg
  4. Mix flour and breadcrumbs together
  5. Add small quantity, then fruits, mixed alternately until all used up
  6. Add essence, brandy, cinnamon and vanilla
  7. Mix thoroughly
  8. Pressed into buttered basins, filling each full
  9. Cover with buttered paper, then pudding cloth
  10. Tie with string around the rim of the basin
  11. Plunge into boiling water
  12. Boil for 6 hours and again for 2 hours on the day they are to be use

The puddings will keep longer if cooked in basins. This quantity makes 2 good-sized puddings. Served with custard or brandy sauce.

Rebecca Wilson

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  1. I’ve stopped serving Christmas Pudding as nobody wanted it at the end of the meal. My family all seems to prefer seconds of the main course over dessert at any meal. It is a shame as I love a really nice Christmas Pudding.

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  2. looks devine, on a more sombre note i would like to let you all know that we got a phone call yesterday from the scammers supposedly from microsoft saying we have problems with the computer, I just put phone on speaker and let them talk, went into confusion, when they realised there was noone at the other end and hung up, hopefully that is the end of them for me.

  3. I have never liked Christmas pudding. My mother always made them and they seemed to go on for ever. Loved the brandy butter served with the pud.

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