Last Minute Christmas Pudding

We have all done it, started out with good intentions about making our own pudding this year and then realised we have runout of time! Don’t despair, this is an instant Christmas pudding that can also be made up to one month in advance.

Serves:    6-8               Preparation Time:   15 mins
Cook Time:    15 -20 minutes



  • 225g/8oz self raising flour
  • 100g/4oz butter frozen, then coarsely grated
  • 300g/10 oz mincemeat (shop bought)
  • 225g/8 oz molasses sugar or rich brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp black treacle
  • 4 tbsp rum or whisky
  • 140g.5 oz marmalade (preferable with fine shreds)
  • 3 eggs, beaten



Butter and line the base of a 1.5 litre/ 2 ¾ pint pudding bowl with grease proof paper.
In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, leaving the butter and flour until last. Make sure you add the ingredients one at a time to get a smooth mix.


Tip the pudding mix into the basin and cover with a circle of grease proof paper.


Microwave on medium heat for 20-25 minutes. Test by using a skewer inserted into the middle – if it comes out clean, the pudding is cooked.


Store for up to one month. When ready to use, simply microwave for 10 minutes.


Serve with your homemade brandy butter or cream or custard.

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