Paul's Xmas Pudding Website
The most comprehensive site about Christmas Pudding!
This recipe site has been extended and is now probably the most comprehensive resource on Xmas, or Christmas Puddings. I've included Pudding sauces, Pudding jokes, Pudding alternate ingredients, photos, Christmas Pudding stories, what to do with left-over Christmas Pudding, Christmas Pudding traditions, and, there's even an arcade type game "Puddingoids"! After 25 years, this is by far my best recipe. I hope your family and guests will think so too. I have tried to answer every question, and have made this an EASY recipe for anyone who wants to make a real traditional Christmas/Plum pudding.
Ask me questions via Contact page below), share your christmas traditions with the world, add to the associated recipes, share any funny pudding stories (or disasters!)
If I have got anything wrong, please let me know, I'm always willing to learn! Oh, and why is it "traditional"? Not because the pudding contains meat, it hasn't, although I believe the recipes over over 200 years ago did, it's traditional because it still requires Suet, and some time to prepare the ingredients, and eight hours to steam! Let me just say, on Christmas day, you will say to yourself "It was all worth it!"
Can you Spot the Christmas Pudding?; http://mentalfloss.com/article/520218/can-you-spot-christmas-pudding
Reminiscing about the fight between boil in the cloth and basin steamed puddings:
Update Nov 2014; Deep Fried Christmas Pudding, yes, it does exist (but not here!) http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/deep-fried-christmas-pudding-top-rated-chippy-4538435
Update 4th November 2013; in Australia, Sunbeam Foods are GIVING AWAY a silicone pudding bowl (only until the 19th November) it's in Woolworths Supermarkets. See this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=221953964595406&set=a.197785020345634.1073741829.113585025432301&type=1&theater
UPDATE Jan '08
I have mentioned on this site that I don't think it's a good idea to either cook or reheat this pudding using a Microwave, here is another reason why you might not want to;
It's a newspaper article about a pudding (not mine!) that exploded and set fire to a Microwave!
Update August 2011, Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Pudding, full film (Movie) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX6fUeEtz2o
Update December 2008; People frequently ask me, if I make the pudding in different sized bowls does the cooking time vary, NO, it does not, even if you split the christmas pudding mixture into 6 smaller bowls, cooking and reheating times REMAIN THE SAME.
Update November 2019; Name: Kathryn B**** emailed to make the following helpful charm insights;
Silver charms put in pudding. A coin (wealth), button and thimble (man/woman would not marry), ring (finder would marry) wishbone (good luck), anchor (safety). Also a rag (poor). Last might be Irish.
Thanks, Paul Denyer, Melbourne, Australia
SERVES 10 TO 12 PEOPLE This recipe makes one large steamed pudding in a 2 pint (1.2 litre) basin. and will need a day's advance preparation!