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Traditional Irish Christmas Plum Pudding Recipe

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Traditional Irish Christmas Plum Pudding Recipe.

In Ireland, Christmas day dessert without plum pudding would be like dinner without a turkey. This recipe is for 1 large or two medium sized puddings.

While I would love to give credit to my granny for passing the recipe down to me ,I can’t-but my mother did-in fact ,for many years she even spared me the trouble of making it myself, and duly arrived laden on Christmas eve, with enough plum puddings to feed an army.

I have finally got around to making this year’s offerings, and as I write they sit overnight, awaiting steaming tomorrow.

I promise you, it’s delicious.


  • 1.5 cups / 12 ozs currants
  • 1 cup / 8 ozs raisins
  • 1 cup / 8ozs sultanas
  • 4 tablespoons candied peel
  • 2 tablespoons blanched almonds
  • 7/8 cup / 7 ozs margarine
  • 3/4 cup / 6 ozs plain flour
  • 3/4 cup / 6 ozs breadcrumbs
  • 7/8 cup / 7 ozs brown sugar
  • 2 tsps mixed spice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tbls treacle
  • 4 tbls Guinness/Stout
  • 2 tbls brandy or whiskey
  • 1 lemon, rind and juice

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  1. Melt the margarine over a low heat. Sieve the flour, mixed spice, and nutmeg into a baking bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  2. Cover and leave overnight (make a wish). Pour into 1 large or 2 medium sized pudding bowls, with tightly fitting lids. Boil large pudding for 6 hours or 2 medium puddings for 3.5 hours. Place an upturned saucer on the base of a suitably sized saucepan and sit the bowl on to this.Place a tight fitting lid on the saucepan. Make sure the boiling water almost reaches the top of the pudding bowl throughout the cooking period. (Tedious ,,but worth it!) Alternatively, use a steamer and keep the water well topped up. (My preference).However, this will require making smaller puddings, unless you have an exceptionally large steamer
  3. When the puddings are cooked, allow to cool and place in larder. During the weeks prior to Christmas, pour a couple of teaspoons of brandy on to the puddings once a week . Before serving, steam for one hour.
  4. Turn out onto plate upside down. Place a sprig of holly on top. Serve with cream or brandy sauce. Traditionally, before serving, a small amount of brandy is poured onto the pudding ,and set alight.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

3 hours 30 min

4 hours

Serves 12

Cooking time will vary,depending on whether 1 or more pudding bowls are used.

Note: Avoid reheating in a microwave due to high alcohol content-fire risk.

Puddings In Progress

Puddings For 2012 Underway!

Puddings For 2012 Underway!

Getting there....

Getting there....


Daiane on February 21, 2015:

Call me old fashioned but I still like a tree and Christmas puigdnds. And mince pies. And the turkey sandwiches that last until January the 1st. And the terrible music and carols and never ending Slade / Roy Wood repeats on the radio. Keep it classic, even if it does seem a little naff at times!

itakins (author) from Irl on April 12, 2012:

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Peggy W-

Yes a labour of love sums it up,but it is so festive, and delicious- mind you once a year is enough for the waistline!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2012:

I always wondered what went into an Irish plum pudding and now I know. Sounds delicious. It also sounds like a labor of love. Thanks for your recipe. Up votes!

itakins (author) from Irl on December 02, 2009:

With pleasure-it is gorgeous.

It's just me from Alaska on December 02, 2009:

Fascinating, I've read novels in which they've served plum pudding and always thought it was like the filling of plum pie. It sounds delish. I might try making one for next years Christmas. I'll probably have questions at that time though, so warning you ahead of time that you'll more than likely be my cooking professor.

itakins (author) from Irl on November 25, 2009:

Ha!-it is delicious-but keep the antacids handy!

"Quill" on November 25, 2009:

There now I will have to do the hiding in this house...looking forward to Mrs. Quill and I getting into making this as we do love to cook...

God Bless

itakins (author) from Irl on November 25, 2009:

Rose West

There's always a welcome on the mat -if you do!

Rose West from Michigan on November 25, 2009:

Oh, this looks good! I don't think they sell all of the ingredients in my grocery store though. I guess I'll just have to travel to Ireland to taste it!

itakins (author) from Irl on November 25, 2009:

2uesday-The good old plum pudding-ah Christmas!

2uesday on November 25, 2009:

You are making me hungry every time I read one of your hubs. Sounds delicious.

itakins (author) from Irl on November 24, 2009:

Yes,they are a bit heavy for small kids-but considering a lot of them hate the 'bits' in a yogurt-hardly surprising.Thank you Tammy.

Tammy Lochmann on November 24, 2009:

My little grandma still makes that. I never liked it until I grew up.

itakins (author) from Irl on November 24, 2009:

Lisa Luv

Great,delighted you like-it comes highly recommended.

Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv from Conneticut, USA on November 24, 2009:

Well isn't this a handy little dandy ---Thank you! Good job!

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