Jason’s winning Christmas pudding

This is Jason’s Christmas Pudding recipe which he won first prize in the local show. Last year I regrettably made a different version, but we didn’t like the addition of nuts and it was more work . I also bought a special pudding tin and it went rusty after only a few months! Anyhow I’ve gone back to this winning one which was well received the year I made it. I’ve made a few changes, mostly notably I’ve divided everything in half which you’ll find is still plenty.

375g sultanas, sundried
375g raisins, sundried
200g glaced cherries, or cranberries
50g dried mangos, or your favourite
125g butter
½ large cup of rum
1 cup sugar
2 cups plain flour
½ tbps baking soda
pinch of salt
½ tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cinnamon
2 eggs, organic
Parisian essense or vanilla

  1. Soak the dried fruit in the rum overnight. You can use any combination of dried fruit – the original recipe had 500g mixed fruit, 250g raisins and 250g sultanas, but I wanted to use up some things in the cupboard.
  2. The next day, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the eggs and beat well.
  4. Add the fruit and essence, then the remaining ingredients.
  5. Place mixture in an oven bag. Tie bag tightly with some string about 3 cm from the mixture. It’s important to make sure that you get all the edges tied with the string so no water gets in.
  6. Place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  7. Put small plate upside down or rock in the bottom of a boiler. I use a large pasta pot with an enclosed strainer. Add water to nearly cover the pudding and bring to the boil. Cook for 4 hours.
  8. As needed top up with more boiling water.
  9. Mature for a few weeks in the fridge.
  10. To reheat: place in boiling water for ½ hour. We just use the microwave.

Notes: Suitable for freezing, but keeps for ages.

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