Christmas pudding

Sarah's neighbour's recipe. Serves 10.


  1. Mix all ingredients well (except milk/eggs) and leave overnight


  1. Beat the eggs and mix those in.
  2. Add milk to moisten (but it should still be a thick paste, not sloppy)
  3. Transfer to a basin and cover with greaseproof paper and foil.
  4. Steam for 8 hours.


  1. On christmas day, steam for another 2 hours.
  2. Turn out into a large serving bowl.


  1. Stick a sprig of holly in the top as decoration.
  2. Glug some brandy on top, turn the lights off, and light the brandy with a match.
  3. Baste the pudding with flaming brandy until all the alcohol is burned off and the flame goes out.
  4. Serve with custard custard or brandy cream.


I place some ramikins into the bottom of a large saucepan, and place the basin on top of those. If you have a steamer, use that instead. Regularly top it up with boiling water, so the water is just below the tops of the ramikins. Don't let it boil dry!