13 December 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Preparing Traditional Christmas Pudding


I have posted this recipe here before, but for those of you who may not have seen it, I wanted to share it again. This was my Great-Grandmother’s Recipe, and it’s enjoyed every year in our home for Christmas dinner dessert. It’a  delicious carrot pudding full of wonderful raisins, currants, dates…all the good stuff (and no fruit peel) Blah! I am just not into fruit peel – I’m not really sure who is?

Anyhow, this year as we made the pudding, I took a few pictures along the way to show the method for those who may find it confusing if making it for the first time. It really is very simple, and definitely worth the time and effort (but if you have a food processor, use it to grate the carrot and potato – it saves a lot of time) I made four puddings today, and the prep took me less than half an hour 🙂

Traditional Christmas Carrot Pudding Recipe

1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Raisins
1 cup Dates
1 cup Currants
1 cup Margarine (scant — just under 1 cup)
1 cup Shredded Carrot
1 cup Grated Potato
1 1/4 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 pinch Salt


(Don’t forget to make a wish on the Christmas Pudding as you stir!)

To steam the pudding, you can use a large pot with a small amount of water in the bottom. We use an inverted pyrex bowl in the bottom of the pot to keep the bowl with the pudding above the level of the water. Cover the pot, and cook on medium heat (keep water to a low boil) Make sure you continue to carefully add small amounts of water to the pot so that it doesn’t boil dry over the 3 hours steaming time.



(Cover bowl with foil, place in about 2 inches of water, and steam with lid on pot for about 3 hours)

Serve with a Brown Sugar Sauce or Custard.

Merry Christmas!

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2 Responses to “Preparing Traditional Christmas Pudding”

  1. Cat 15 December 2010 at 10:02 am Permalink

    I really like your recipe. You really simplified it and made it not so intimidating. I’m going to try it using coconut oil for the butter, buckwheat flour for the AP flour and sucanat for the brown sugar. I know this will totally change the texture but I’m used to that. The joys of food allergies!

  2. Mom 24 December 2015 at 5:31 am Permalink

    a comment from my cousin Lorrie Ann Tunney Maxwellin North Bay, so you may have thia recipe from BOTH great grandmothers . . . “This is very similar to the recipe that I have for Christmas Pudding that my Mom made every year without fail, and that I continued to make up until a few years ago. Ours did not have dates, but had mincemeat instead, but still very similar. I believe it was Grandma Burton’s recipe, but not sure.”

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