Making Christmas Pudding Recipe

November 3, 2010

german traditional Christmas pudding recipe

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.

german great grandmother traditional christmas pudding recipe

These pictures capture the fun of the day.


making traditional christmas pudding


making traditional christmas pudding

Coins go in

making traditional christmas pudding -- coins in

Wrap and finish!

traditional christmas pudding recipe


125g self-raising flour

125g plain flour

250g bread crumbs

pinch salt

500g minced suet

500g brown sugar

500g currants

500g sultanas

500g raisins

1 handful of roughly chopped dates

1 packet mixed peel

1 1/2 packets cherries

10 eggs

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)

traditional christmas pudding recipe -- german


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.

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Sharron PeacockNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 7:59 am

So sad I missed it! :(


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 8:04 am

Next time Shazz. Love you. xx


RobynNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 9:19 am

Looks like SO much fun Kell! HOw long does it keep for?


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

“Ages” I’m told. lol. I take that to mean months.


joyce:waddleeahchaa.comNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 10:11 am

I love family traditions and especially remembering our loved ones and the special dishes they prepared for our family celebrations. My
aunt always brought pineapple upside down cake and now her grand-daughter brings it. It is such a great memory and yummy too. The girls look like they truly got into your Great-Grandmother’s Christmas Pudding. What a wonderful tradition to pass on. Visiting from :)


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Hi Joyce. Thanks for sharing such a lovely memory. And yes, the children loved it! It was all hands on deck.

Thanks for visiting.


MichelleNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

Looks like the creating was fun. Yum!!


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

:D It was! I’m looking forward to having a taste at Christmas.


SandraNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Wow that is some pudding – what a lovely recipe and tradition. Your photo with your grandma is really lovely – you both look so happy. Really have to get the pudding made. I do make it with my girls but don’t usually have hands in the bowl but it looks like too much fun not to do it like that. Thanks Kelly x


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Sandra. The girls DID wash their hands lol. And yes, they had a lot of fun with it! x Try it!


SandraNo Gravatar November 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm

@Kelly Be A Fun Mum, You’ve convinced me! I’ll give it a go this week. Update to follow….x


MartinaNo Gravatar September 28, 2011 at 2:30 am

I made this last year and it’s nearly time to make it again for Xmas 2011 :-)


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Yes! It is about time to make it again! Yummiest pudding I have ever tasted!


LouiseNo Gravatar September 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Hi Kelly,

Can you tell me how many people this pudding would feed?



Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar September 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hi Louise, I’ll get my sister to estimate too (I’ll get back to you with that); my estimate would be at least 20 people. It’s huge!


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

I asked my sister and she said at least 20 – 30 people.


LouiseNo Gravatar October 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

I’m not an experienced cook but I’m thinking of attempting it! The ingredients looks lovely. I read you boil it again on the day you eat it, how long before this should I make it?


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

It’s really the yummiest Christmas pudding I have EVER tasted! I’ll actually add this into the post but you hang it for a 2-3 months. Then, on the day you want to use it, boil for 3 hours. Does that make sense?


LouiseNo Gravatar October 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Wow, fantastic! I hope I don’t mess it up!


KelNo Gravatar October 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Hi Louise :) Don’t stress too much, the most important thing is that it’s made with love – the more hands that have a stir, the tastier it is……I guarantee! I can’t even put into words how tickled our grandma would be that her family recipe is being enjoyed by other families :-) Good luck!


LouiseNo Gravatar October 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

One last question! What alcohol do you use? And how much?


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

Just enough to coat the fruit. So, I would say about half a cup. You can use any alcohol you like. Sherry works well.


CourtneyNo Gravatar October 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Hi there, do you know if there is an alternative to the suet? I plan on making this for christmas where there are a few vegetarians present, so trying to cater for everyone!


Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

Hi Courtney, I found this answer. below from

Q. Is there a substitution for suet when cooking?

A. If you’re making a traditional steamed pudding, especially a plum pudding, the answer is “no, there is no substitute for suet.” Bet you didn’t expect that answer, did you?

Suet is the hard fat from around the kidneys of cows and sheep. Do not confuse it with fat from other parts of the animal that may be sold as suet but does not have the same properties. Most of the suet sold in supermarkets these days is suspect, of indeterminate quality and age, and quite likely intended for bird feeders. A butcher would be a more reliable source for suet. Because suet has a high melting point, it serves as a place-holder in puddings and crusts when the dough has begun to set, and long after other fats would have melted. As a result, the structure of the pudding is already defined by the time the suet melts, leaving thousands of tiny air holes that give the pudding a light and smooth texture. Additionally, suet, which does not have any meaty taste, imparts a rich flavor. The substitution of butter or shortening, especially in a steamed pudding, simply creates a dish that is heavy and greasy. Needless to say, very few people cook with suet these days, and most run screaming from any recipe that even mentions the stuff. If you can’t bear the thought of using suet, you can certainly substitute solid vegetable shortening — which also has a relatively high melting point — for suet in most recipes and few people will notice.


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