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  • Easy
  • Serves 12
  • 15 mins prep
  • 4 hours cook
  • 1 day marinate

Rich Christmas pudding with frosted cherries

Rich Christmas pudding

This rich Christmas pudding recipe is a deliciously decadent way to celebrate Christmas with loved ones. Top with 'frosted' cherries for a real festive feel


  • 1 2/3 cups currants
  • 1 1/2 cups sultanas
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mixed peel
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 250 g butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest, finely grated
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • sifted icing sugar, fresh cherries to serve


  1. In a large bowl, combine all fruit, peel and rum. Set aside, covered, overnight.
  2. Lightly grease a six-cup pudding basin. Line base with a circle of baking paper.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and citrus zest together until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Stir in fruit mixture and almonds.
  4. Sift flour with salt, spices and baking soda. Fold into fruit mixture with breadcrumbs. Spoon into basin. Cover with a circle of baking paper, foil and a pudding cloth. Secure firmly with string.
  5. Steam pudding in a large saucepan of boiling water on medium heat, covered, for 4 hours. Add more boiling water to keep level halfway up side of basin. Remove, cool and store in fridge.
  6. To serve, steam pudding using same method for 2 hours. Remove from pudding basin. Serve dusted with icing sugar and topped with cherries.

This recipe first appeared in Woman's Day.

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