Generations old family Christmas Pudding Recipe with Brandy Sauce


  • Nana's Plum Pudding

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 Large cup of breadcrumbs

  • 450gr plain flour (aka 1 pound)

  • 450gr unsalted butter (grated)

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1.5 cups brown sugar

  • 2.5 dessert spoons all spice

  • 1 dessert spoon cinnamon

  • 1 dessert spoon nutmeg

  • 200gr mixed peel

  • 200gr raisins

  • 200rg currants

  • 200gr sultanas

  • 200gr glace cherries, halved

  • 60gm shivered almonds

  • 1 - 1.5 cups of dark rum

  • Large square of double layered calico cloth (approx 75x75cm)

  • cooking twine

  • Hard Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of whipped cream

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 tablespoon plain flour

  • 3 tablespoons of icing sugar

  • dash of pure vanilla essence

  • slosh of Brandy (or an entire bottle if you dare)

  • 1/2 cup of warm milk


  • 1.

    Nana's Plum Pudding

  • 2.

    Sieve into a large bowl the flour and baking powder, add the breadcrumbs.

  • 3.

    Then rub in the butter, thoroughly.

  • 4.

    Then add the brown sugar and rub until the mixture is crumbly.

  • 5.

    Add the spices and mix well.

  • 6.

    Them add the fruit and mix.

  • 7.

    In another bowl. Whisk the eggs and rum well, then add to the dry mixture.

  • 8.

    Put the mixture onto the middle of your calico cloth and tie tightly at the top with twine.

  • 9.

    In a large saucepan slow boil the pudding for 6 hours, with the lid on.

  • 10.

    After 6 hours remove from the water and leave to cool and allow the calico to dry. The pudding can be stored for many months wrapped in the calico cloth in the refrigerator.

  • 11.

    Hard Sauce

  • 12.

    In a saucepan off the heat. Mix sugar, flour, egg and vanilla very well.

  • 13.

    Turn the heat on low and add the milk, stir until medium thickness has been reached (until coating a spoon when lifted out of mixture)

  • 14.

    Allow to cool.

  • 15.

    Once cooled, fold in whipped cream.

  • 16.

    Add Brandy last.

  • 17.

    Serve over warm plum pudding.

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