Christmas pudding with citrus fruits and spices

A fruity pudding served with orange cream is the perfect end to the traditional Christmas meal. This delicious citrus and spice Christmas pudding is a delicious twist on the classic dessert. Bursting with juicy citrus flavors and warm spices, this pudding is richly textured and irresistible. The combination of tangy oranges and aromatic spices creates a harmonious balance that is refreshing and soothing at the same time. Garnished with a heavenly orange cream, each spoonful is a heavenly treat that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight. Treat yourself to this festive treat and enjoy the ultimate Christmas dessert experience.


  • 175g each of raisins, currants and sultanas
  • 140g whole glazed cherries
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 50 g whole blanched almonds
  • Zest 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely grated
  • 150 ml brandy
  • 50 ml orange liqueur, e.g. E.g. Grand Marnier
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp spice mix
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 175g butter, frozen
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Butter for greasing
  • Holly sprig to decorate


Orange custard cream
Whip 285 ml of cream with the cream
Add the grated zest of ½ orange until it lasts
its shape. Fold in fresh and place in a 500 ml container
Add vanilla pudding and serve.

Preparation steps

  1. Mix the fruit, almonds, citrus peel and carrot with the brandy and orange liqueur in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let soak overnight.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together and then add to the soaked fruit mixture. Grate in the butter, then add the eggs and mix. Don’t forget to make a wish!
  3. Grease a 1.5 liter pudding tin with butter and line the bottom with baking paper. Spoon the mixture in, press down well and use the back of the spoon to form a well in the middle. Cover the surface with a round of parchment paper, then cover the bowl with double-thickness parchment paper and foil, tying around the edge with string. Place the pudding in a pan with an upturned saucer at the bottom, then fill it with water until it comes halfway up the sides of the bowl. Steam for 6 hours, topping up with water if necessary.
  4. Alternatively, steam in the oven. Place the pudding bowl in a roasting tin filled with water, then cover with foil and cook for the same time at 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3. Check the roasting tin occasionally as water may be added must become.
  5. To store, allow to cool and then store in a cool, dry cupboard. The pudding will keep for up to a year.
  6. The day before pouring, steam for an hour, decorate with holly and serve with extra heavy cream or vanilla ice cream. Alternatively, try my orange cream (below).

Nutritional Information

596 20g 10g 92g 69g 0g 7g 0.89g

Equipment and tools

To successfully prepare this Christmas pudding with citrus and spices, you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • mixing bowl
  • grater
  • peeler
  • Food processor or blender
  • Pudding bowl or mold
  • Baking paper or foil
  • String or rubber band
  • Steamer or large pan with a tight-fitting lid
  • skewer or toothpick
  • Cooling rack

Allergen information

This citrus and spice Christmas pudding contains the following allergens:

  • Almonds
  • Gluten (from flour and breadcrumbs)
  • milk (in butter)
  • Eggs

Before consuming this dish, please make sure that you and your guests are not allergic to any of these ingredients.

Storage and leftovers

Follow these guidelines to store leftovers of this citrus and spice Christmas pudding:

  1. Allow the pudding to cool completely.
  2. Remove from the bowl and wrap tightly in baking paper or foil.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  4. The pudding will keep for up to 2 months.

To reheat leftovers:

  1. Return the pudding to a steamer or large skillet with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Steam for 1-2 hours or until heated through.
  3. Alternatively, you can heat individual slices in the microwave for a quick reheat.

Remember to remove any holly decorations before reheating or serving.

Health Benefits of Christmas Pudding with Citrus and Spices

Christmas pudding is a traditional dessert enjoyed during the holidays. Not only does it bring joy and happiness to our tables, but it also offers several health benefits. The combination of citrus, spices and other nutritious ingredients in this Christmas pudding recipe makes it a delicious and healthy treat.

1. Citrus fruits

The zest of an orange and a lemon used in this recipe not only adds a refreshing citrus flavor but also offers numerous health benefits. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, supports collagen production for healthier skin, and improves iron absorption in the body.

2. Almonds and mixed peel

This Christmas pudding recipe contains whole blanched almonds and mixed peels. Almonds are full of healthy fats, fiber, proteins and antioxidants. They promote heart health, help with weight management and support brain function. Mixed peels, made from the peel of various citrus fruits, provide a special taste and provide additional vitamin C and fiber.

3. Spices

The combination of spice mixture and grated nutmeg provides more than just a delicious flavor in this pudding. Spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger have been used for centuries for their potential health benefits. They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These spices can also help improve digestion and regulate blood sugar levels.

4. Carrot

A medium carrot, finely grated in this recipe, adds a natural sweetness and moisture to the pudding. Carrots are known to be rich in beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for good vision, immune function and healthy skin.

5. Brandy and orange liqueur

While brandy and orange liqueur are optional ingredients for this Christmas pudding, they add a festive touch. Small amounts of alcohol when cooking can enhance flavor and add a subtle aroma. However, keep in mind that the alcohol content decreases during the cooking process, so it is safe for everyone.

In conclusion, Christmas pudding with citrus and spices is not only a tasty and delicious dessert but also offers various health benefits. From the vitamin C-rich citrus fruits to the nutritious almonds, spices, and other ingredients, this dessert is a delicious way to enjoy the holidays while nourishing your body.

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