Top 100 Foodie! Stir it up Sunday & my first Christmas pudding

December 4, 2014Sew White

A few weeks ago a dream came true and I joined the amazing blogs in the top 100 foodies. I was so overwhelmed and couldn’t really believe it. I decided from finally making it that I now needed to start pushing myself to try making new things so I decided that a Christmas pudding was a fabulous place to start.

Here is a screengrab of my blog with it’s number 97 badge!

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Very exciting!

So here it is my first ever Christmas pudding ready to be tested (a month early) by my family for Christmas. We had it with a lot of homemade custard. Delicious!

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There is still time to make this before Christmas. I used a bag of mixed dried fruit which had all these in instead of adding them separately as the supermarket had the mixed bags on offer.


  • 150g raisins
  • 150g sultanas
  • 150g currants
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 50g glace cherries
  • 1 large Bramley apple peeled and chopped
  • 250ml stout
  • 100ml brandy
  • zest 1 orange
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 75g cold butter, plus extra for the basin
  • 50g suet
  • 120g dark muscovado sugar
  • 100 chopped almonds
  • 150g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 2 eggs, beaten


  • In a large bowl mix the dried fruit and apple, then add the stout, brandy, orange and lemon zests and stir. Cover and leave overnight to soak.
  • Butter two small pudding basins, place a circle of greaseproof paper into the bottom so it’s a bit easier to get the pudding out later. Sprinkle the buttered bowl with a light covering of muscovado sugar.
  • Mix the remaining dry ingredients in the large bowl. Grate the butter and add to the bowl along with the eggs and stir well.
  • Spoon into the basins and level the mix.
  • Take a large sheet of foil and greaseproof paper and butter the greaseproof paper. Make a pleat in the two together and wrap over the bowl securing with string. *See below for the link to the video on how to do this.*
  • Put the pudding on a heatproof saucer in a saucepan and pour in just-boiled water to come halfway up basin. Cover and steam for 6 hrs, topping up water occasionally so it doesn’t boil dry. I set the timer for 45 minutes so I could check the water level regularly.
  • When it’s cold re-cover with fresh greaseproof paper and foil and store in a cool place ready to reheat on Christmas day.
  • If you want to feed it each week before Christmas add a tablespoon of brandy, sherry or whiskey. I used a skewer to make a few holes to help the brandy soak into the middle.
  • To reheat, steam for 1 hr like before or microwave, without the foil but with the greaseproof paper, for 10 minutes. 2 minutes on and rest for a minute repeat.

You can feed your pudding with a tablespoon or two of extra brandy each week to boost the flavour.

Click for a great BBC Good Food video on how to wrap and steam your pudding

I loved soaking all the fruit in stout and brandy. It smelled amazing before I started with anything else.

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I was sceptical about adding a bramley apple but it looked lovely and really buffed it out a lot. Something in the stout stopped it going brown from the air but instead it went brown from the mix.

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The pudding was dark brown and glossy. It smelled amazing and tasted fabulous too. I love it and loved making it far more than I thought I would. Steaming takes a while but it’s so easy. I’m so glad I made 2 little puddings so I have one for Christmas day in the pantry which will hopefully have richer, more developed and fuller flavours by the big day.

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  • sharon martin

    December 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Congratulations first of all what an achievement !! There’s nothing like a homemade Christmas Cake or Pudding, you have my mouth watering.

    1. Sew White

      December 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • the house that never rests

    December 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Congratulations on your achievement 🙂 The christmas pudding looks very tasty, i must give this a try. I have made a homemade christmas cake this year, next year i was thinking of making our own christmas pudding aswell. X

    1. Sew White

      December 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Thank you 🙂 If you can do the cake the pudding is easy x

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