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Plum pudding

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
From Saturday Kitchen


  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl.

  2. Add lemon rind, juice and eggs and mix well.

  3. Place in a well-greased 1½ pint/850ml bowl.

  4. Cover with two well greased pieces of greaseproof paper making sure there is a fold across the middle

  5. Steam for six hours, remove paper.

  6. If there is any fat lying on top of the pudding leave it, as it will be absorbed.

  7. When cold, re-cover as before with fresh paper and store till needed

  8. On Christmas morning steam for three hours.

  9. Serve with brandy sauce or rum butter.


  • 90g/3oz white breadcrumbs
  • 45g/1½oz plain flour
  • 125g/4oz demerara sugar
  • 125g/4oz prepared suet
  • 125g/4oz sultanas
  • 125g/4oz raisins
  • 125g/4oz currants
  • 60g/2oz sliced almonds
  • 30g/1oz chopped cherries
  • 60g/2oz peel
  • ½ lemon, rind and juice
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ to 1 tsp mixed spice
  • pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • salt
  • 2 eggs

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