Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe

I can't claim that this Christmas Pudding Recipe is truly a traditional Scottish Dish, as it is made every year and eaten just like Christmas Cake throughout the whole of the UK every Christmas Day, as part of a Traditional Scottish Christmas, after the Roast Turkey, but as it is also enjoyed in Scotland and therefore worth of inclusion here. It's similar to our very own Clootie Dumpling which is served at Hogmanay or New Year. Of course we tend to celebrate New Year even more than Christmas. Other famous foods served then are Black Bun and Shortbread. Throughout the world people join the New Year Celebrations by singing Rabbie Burns Famous Auld Lang Syne. If you're not sure what the words mean click HERE to see my attempt at a translation.

There are as many variations of this dish as there are with other traditional food. It is normally served after a Roast Turkey Dinner. In my family we usually have a light Starter such as "Melon with Ginger in Port" and then I would serve the Roast Turkey with Roast Potatoes, Roast Parsnips, mini chipolata sausages, bacon rolls, probably a traditional forcemeat stuffing and/or a chestnut stuffing; and of course the seasonal vegetables of Brussel Sprouts, carrots, peas and possibly another vegetable such as sweetcorn. This would be served with gravy and cranberry sauce. However, for a change you might want to try Roast Venison

This is then followed by the traditional Christmas Pudding (decorated with holly) which has brandy poured over it at the table and then set alight. This particular version of the rich and delicious dish should be made in advance and liberally soaked with brandy during the time from the first cooking to the day of the serving.

If you think the Christmas Pudding Recipe is too 'heavy' try the 'lighter' but equally delicious Crannachan. made with raspberries, oats, whisky and cream, or the equally delicious Tipsy Laird a recipe which is usually served at a Burns Supper

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This Christmas Pudding Recipe below makes 2 large puddings or 4 small ones.

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Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe

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4oz/110g plain flour
8oz/225 golden caster sugar
4oz/110g fresh white breadcrumbs
2oz/55g flaked almonds
8oz/225g suet
12oz/340g sultanas
12oz/340g raisins
8oz/225g currants
4oz/110g candied peel, chopped
1 lemon, zest only
5 well-beaten eggs
1 level tsp mixed spice
1 level tsp ground cinnamon
1 level tsp/ freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of salt
5 fl oz/150 ml/ brandy or rum


  • Lightly grease 4 small (1 pt/600ml) or 2 larger (2pt/1.2litre) pudding bowls or basins.
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients.
  • Add in the eggs and brandy and mix thoroughly.
  • Spoon the mix into basins.
  • Put a circle of baking parchment paper and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string.
  • Secure by making a string handle around the basin to the other (so you can lift it out easily)
  • Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary. If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on upturned saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as above.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Replace the baking parchment paper and foil covers with fresh ones and tie up again as above.
  • Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day.
To serve on Christmas Day: Steam for 2 hours and serve with one of the following:- brandy butter, rum sauce, fresh cream or homemade custard.

I just hope you enjoy this Christmas Pudding Recipe

If you HAVE appreciated this Christmas Pudding Recipe, see also the following pages:-

Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.
Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Turkey Recipe - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis - If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Savoury Mince Pies - This pie is made with minced beef (or hamburger meat).
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.
Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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