The 20 Best Christmas Pudding Recipes
The Christmas season is fast approaching and as people all over the world start preparing their Christmas menu, it is interesting to note how many different traditional foods there are, depending on which part of the world you are from.
One of these traditional foods is christmas puddingwhich you may or may not have tried before.
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What is Christmas pudding?
For anyone unfamiliar, Christmas pudding is essentially a steamed, sweet, dried fruit pudding that usually makes its appearance during Christmas dinner. It is traditionally made from suet (the hard saturated fat from beef, lamb or mutton), which is used for minced meat and British Christmas pudding.
This is a dessert that has its roots primarily in the UK, but is also celebrated and made in other countries such as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Caribbean.
You may sometimes hear people call Christmas pudding plum pudding, but don’t misunderstand, there are no plums involved. They probably called it that because raisins were once called plums.
And if suet scares you a bit, have no fear: there are plenty of recipes included below without that addition.
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How to make Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding recipes often include nuts, flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, and spices. Milk or alcohol is also present as a liquid to help bind the ingredients together.
However, over time these recipes have evolved and today the Christmas pudding can include many more ingredients. It can also be vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and in the form of Christmas pudding shots.
What kind of pudding was served in A Christmas Carol?
In the famous novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, the aforementioned Christmas pudding was described as “hard and firm” and had been sprinkled with brandy and lit, before being garnished with a sprig of holly when served.
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The 20 Best Christmas Pudding Recipes
There are so many different ways to make this authentic dessert, from Sticky Toffee Pudding and Mulled Wine Christmas Pudding, to Sticky Date Pudding and Easy Fig Pudding.
You’ll be surprised how nice Christmas pudding can be!
Christmas Pudding with Hard Sauce
Hard Gravy Christmas Pudding is a quicker and easier version of the classic British dessert, but with all the delicious spiciness!
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English Christmas Pudding
English Christmas pudding is an heirloom recipe with deep roots and family traditions some say dating back to medieval England. Deliciously simple to make, this treat makes a big impression on the Christmas table.
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Slow Cooker Gingerbread Pudding Cake
An easy dessert to prepare perfect for the holidays! This spiced gingerbread pudding cake is cooked in the slow cooker and keeps the oven free.
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Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake is a classic English dessert! Chopped dates make it incredibly moist as is, but then we go ahead and drizzle buttery caramel sauce over the top while it’s hot.
Get the recipe: Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Christmas Fig Pudding
The Christmas fig pudding is an easy and traditional dessert. It is also a very popular Christmas pudding.
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gingerbread pudding cake
This Gingerbread Pudding Cake is a moist apple gingerbread cake that makes its own caramel apple sauce as it bakes.
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melted chocolate pudding in the middle
This amazing melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding recipe is quick and easy to make. Simply mix the ingredients together and steam the pudding in your slow cooker or pot and serve with a rich chocolate sauce, delicious!
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Caramelized apple steamed pudding
This traditional steamed apple pudding topped with sticky toffee sauce is a wonderful combination of flavors. It would be perfect for a fall gathering.
Get the recipe: Caramelized apple steamed pudding
Chocolate and orange pudding
A delicious alternative to traditional Christmas pudding, this chocolate orange pudding recipe is great served with cream or ice cream. The orange slices have a beautiful jeweled effect when the pudding is served.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and orange pudding
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Vegan Christmas Pudding
With hearty Medjool dates, golden sultanas, dried cranberries and pears, and a hefty shot of brandy, this vegan Christmas pudding recipe makes it super easy to create a spectacular Christmas dessert.
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Traditional Christmas Pudding
Make this traditional Christmas pudding this holiday season, only with a vegan twist and activated nuts!
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steamed chocolate pudding
This decadent Steamed Chocolate Pudding celebrates the rich heritage of a beloved and traditional dessert originating in England in the 17th century and brought to Colonial America.
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last minute christmas pudding
Learn how to make last minute Christmas pudding for the perfect dessert on your table at Christmas, with all the classic flavors.
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Gluten free sticky toffee pudding
Gluten free sticky toffee pudding recipe anyone? Incredibly easy to make and no one would know that it is suitable for coeliacs and that it does not contain wheat either.
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Christmas pudding with mulled wine
This Christmas Mulled Wine Pudding is bursting with Christmas spices and citrus flavors and topped with a sweet marmalade mulled wine syrup.
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Drunken Christmas Gluten Free Plum Pudding
This Drunken Christmas Gluten Free Plum Pudding is deeply caramelized from the sugars and fruit and has a unique spiced caramel flavor.
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Gluten-free date pudding
This gluten-free sticky date pudding is so good, you’ll end up eating seconds, thirds, or even quarters.
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Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Moist date cakes topped with a decadent, buttery toffee sauce. A spectacular (but easy!) Christmas dessert that everyone will love.
Get the recipe: Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake
Gluten Free Traditional Christmas Pudding
This light and fluffy gluten-free traditional Christmas pudding is packed with delicious brandy-soaked fruit and is rich in nuts and spices.
Get the recipe: Gluten Free Traditional Christmas Pudding
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sticky toffee pudding
Fabulous British sticky toffee pudding with a moist, tender sponge cake topped with a delicious, buttery caramel sauce. Every bite is to die for! Perfect dessert for Christmas, or anytime.
Get the recipe: sticky toffee pudding