Brian McDermott’s Christmas Pudding

Brian McDermott Christmas Pudding

Brian McDermott has shared his amazing family recipe of Christmas Pudding as part of our Tasty Virtual Advent Calendar.

Christmas Pudding

Makes two puddings. 

  • 200g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 200g Butter
  • 3 Eggs 
  • 80g Strong Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 250g Raisins
  • 250g Mixed Peel 
  • 100g Glace Cherries 
  • 2 Chopped Apples 
  • 100g Bread Crumb 
  • 250ml Stout
  • Brandy or Whiskey 
  • Zest of 1 Orange 


  1. Soak all the fruit in the stout for t least 2 hours.
  2. Sieve the flour and combine with dried spices.
  3. Cream together the butter & sugar , add the eggs slowly.
  4. Add the flour & spice and fold in to the mix. Add the breadcrumb and orange zest.
  5. Fold the soaked fruit & stout into the mix.
  6. Add a shot of Whiskey
  7. Fill the pudding bowls and place in deep tray. Half fill tray with boiling water.
  8. Wrap the top of the tray in cling film and then tin foil and place in oven at 130 degree C and steam for 3 hours.  
  9. When cool brush with a little more whiskey if you wish. 
  10. Pudding will keep in air tight container for at least 3 months.
  11. Great with brandy butter or custard. 

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