Alternative Christmas Pudding
Raisin, dates and citrus peel... This Christmas Pudding recipe uses none of those! Instead it uses other, somewhat unconventional dried fruit. Delicious!


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Makes 1 half-litre (1 pint) pudding
  • 250 g (9 oz) brown sugar (e.g. dark muscovado)
  • 140 g (5 oz) breadcrumbs
  • 125 g (4½ oz) butter
  • 75 g (2½ oz) plain flour
  • 60 g (2 oz) dried mango, chopped
  • 75 g (2½ oz) dried blueberries
  • 75 g (2½ oz) dried cranberries
  • 150 g (5 oz) dried apricots, chopped
  • 150 g (5 oz) dried figs, chopped
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  1. Cream together the butter and the sugar in a large bowl. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture between each egg added.
  2. Add in the dried fruits and orange juice. Mix well with a spoon.
  3. Sieve in the flour, ginger and baking soda. Mix well.
  4. Finally, add in the breadcrumbs and mix really well.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a 1 litre (2 pint) basin and smooth the surface. Place a disk of baking paper onto the surface of the pudding.
  6. Take a piece of aluminium foil and fold a pleat into it. Cover the top of the basin with the foil and secure with 2 or 3 elastic bands. Trim away the excess foil.
  7. Place the basin in a large pan of boiling water. The water should come about ⅔ of the way up the side of the basin. Now cover the pan and cook the pudding for 6 (six) hours, topping the water up as necessary.
  8. Remove the basin from the pan and allow to cool. When it is cool enough to handle remove the foil and the paper and run a palette knife around the sides of the pudding. Turn the pudding out onto a plate and serve.
Titli's Tips
The quantities of the fruits were determined by the sizes of the packets in the supermarket, so you can play around with the quantities as you wish. The figs add to the texture of the pudding in the same way that the dates do in a traditional recipe, so it is probably best to keep about one third of the fruit as figs. The rest is up to you depending upon availability and cost of the dried fruits where you are.

The pudding will keep easily in the ‘fridge for several days if covered. Just cut off a piece and reheat in the oven or microwave. And by the way, cooked Christmas puds will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 307 15%
Calories from Fat 90
Total Fat 10.0g 15%
Saturated Fat 5.8g 28%
Unsaturated Fat 3.4g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 53.4g 17%
Dietary Fibre 3.4g 13%
Sugars 29.0g
Protein 4.0g 8%
Cholesterol 49.7mgs 16%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.