Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe
Family traditions are important for creating lasting memories. When my cousin asked if the children and I wanted to make my Great-Grandmother’s traditional Christmas pudding together, I saw it as opportunity to establish a family tradition we would enjoy — and remember.
Below is a picture of my German Great-Grand Mother on my wedding day. She died in 2009 at age 96. This is her Christmas Pudding Recipe.
These pictures capture the fun of the day.
Coins go in
Wrap and finish!
125g self-raising flour
125g plain flour
250g bread crumbs
500g minced suet
500g brown sugar
1 handful of roughly chopped dates
1 packet mixed peel
1 1/2 packets cherries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
125g-250g blanched whole almonds
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup treacle
1 grated carrot
1 grated (green) cooking apple
Splash of alcohol of your choice (Sherry is my pick)
Unbleached cloth (60 cm x 60 cm)
1. Prepare all fruits into bowl one or two days prior to cooking. Coat fruit with alcohol.
2. Prepare self-raising & plain flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, and spices one or two days before.
3. Day of making, beat minced suet & sugar well.
4. Gradually add beaten eggs.
5. Then add treacle and mix well.
6. Add apple & carrot.
7. Add fruit to mixture a small amount at a time, and mix well with a wooden spoon.
8. Lastly, add flour mixture and mix well.
Preparing and Cooking
1. Have unbleached cloth ready.
2. Dip cloth into boiling water.
3. Spread out & sprinkle freely with plain flour.
4. Put mixture onto cloth (in middle). Gather up ends and screw up to pudding. Tie very tightly with string so that water cannot get in.
5. Boil 6 hours, keeping pudding covered with water at all times (you may need to top up with water during the cooking process).
6. When finished, hang to dry for 6-8 weeks. On day of use, boil another 3 hours.
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This is the first time I’ve made this pudding. I can’t wait to open it up on Christmas day, not only to taste it but because I feel proud we did it together.
Do you have family traditions surrounding Christmas? I’d LOVE to hear about them.