Lets Talk Christmas – The Preston Recipes – Our Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding
Steamed Christmas Pudding Picture from Taste.com.au

More than 15 years ago my eldest son Lucas decided to spend Christmas with friends in Adelaide, South Australia, literally thousands of miles away from our little family in Tamworth, New South Wales.  That year was the first Christmas that I had ever tried to make the traditional boiled Christmas Pudding in calico.  It was also my first experience of not having my children with me on Christmas day, but on top of that, our Christmas pudding was a disaster!!  Had it not been for the bought Woolworths Christmas pudding in the cupboard, we would not have had dessert at all!

I reverted to my “tried and true” steamed Christmas Pudding recipe and have never again tried anything else, mainly because of the angst it causes on Christmas day.  Once again, I use a recipe from “The Best Recipes from The Weekly” cookbook, but this time I use the exact recipe as it just never fails me.

Steamed Christmas Pudding

  1. 500g mixed fruit
  2. 125g dates
  3. 125g raisins
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 1/2 cup white sugar
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  7. 125g butter
  8. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1 cup plain flour
  11. 1 cup self raising flour
  12. 1 tsp mixed spice
  13. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  14. 2 tblsp rum


  1. Combine chopped fruits, water, sugars and butter in saucepan and stir until butter has melted, then bring to boil
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes, stir in soda
  3. Stand until mixture becomes cold
  4. Stir in eggs, sifted dry ingredients and rum
  5. Steam in well-greased 10 cup steamer for 5 hours, steam further 1 1/2 hours on day of serving

To Steam: Fill pudding mixture into well-greased steamer and cover with large piece of aluminium foil.  Put lid firmly on steamer, then crush surplus foil firmly around the lid to help form a good seal.  Put pudding in large boilber with enough boiling water to come halfway up side of steamer.  Cover with tight-fitting lid, replenish water a s necessary during cooking time.


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