Old English Christmas Pudding Recipe by Mr D

Old English Christmas Pudding Recipe by Mr D

– Christmas Pudding slow cooked by Mr D in his Thermal Cooker –
By cooking your Christmas Pudding in a Mr D's Thermal Cooker you can save up to 5 hours of fuel used for cooking. This Christmas Pudding is very easy to make and now if made now will be perfect for Christmas lunch.


. 115g self raising flour
. 115 raisins
. 115 sultanas
. 115g breadcrumbs
. 115g dark brown sugar
. 115g suet you can use vegetable shredded suet if you prefer
. 1 large apple peeled, cored and chopped
. ½ tsp mixed spice
. ½ tsp ground cinnamon
. ½ tsp grated nutmeg
. 2 eggs
. juice of a lemon
. rind of a lemon
. 4 tbsp dark rum
. 1 cup (250ml) milk

You will also need a 2pint or 1L pudding basin, greaseproof paper, foil and string.


1. Grease a 2 pint/1 litre pudding basin
2. Put a trivet in the inner pot. Fill with enough water to come up to 5cms below the edge of the pudding basin when placed on the trivet.
3. Bring the water in the inner pot to the boil while you add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix.
4. Add the eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind, rum and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon.
5. Put the mixture into the greased pudding basin.
6. Place a piece of greased, greaseproof paper on top of the mixture.
7. Cover with aluminium foil and tie round the edge remembering to make a handle to lift the pudding out when hot.
8. Carefully place the basin in the inner pot of boiling water and bring back to the boil with the lid on.
9. Once boiling turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on.
10. Place the inner pot into the vacuum-insulated outer Thermal Container, shut the lid and leave to slow cook without power for a minimum of 5 hours.
11. Once cooked remove the pudding and allow to cool before storing for Christmas.
12. Reheat before eating.

34 thoughts on “Old English Christmas Pudding Recipe by Mr D

  1. SECOND METHOD: You can freeze it by taking it out of the bowl, wrap well in cling film, then in foil before freezing. Use within 6 months.
    I hope this helps but if not please let me know

  2. Thank you very much. My Puddings I have topped with caramel, but now I try with molasses. Merry Christmas and “Guten Rutsch” in 2014.

    1. Matilda…Merry Christmas to you also. I hope that my suggestions helped. Do you have a Thermal Cooker or are you using the traditional way of a saucepan? Also are then any more recipes you would like me to do? I have translated also into German for you I hope it makes sense.

      Matilda … Frohe Weihnachten euch auch. Ich hoffe, dass meine Vorschläge geholfen. Haben Sie eine Thermal Herd haben, oder verwenden Sie die traditionelle Art des einen Topf? Auch dann sind noch mehr Rezepte, die Sie möchten, dass ich tun? Ich habe auch in Deutsch für Sie übersetzt Ich hoffe, dass es Sinn macht. 

  3. I love the old world tradition of involving family in stirring from East to West representing the wise men’s travel to the manger.
    13 ingredients representing the 12 apostles and Jesus. The coin for good luck.

    A little much with the foil coverage. What are the blended spices?

    1. +Sooner boy (Goldfish8) Here is a typical mixed spice mix from BBC good food site
      1 Tbs ground allspice
      1 Tbs ground cinnamon
      1 Tbs ground nutmeg
      2 tsp ground mace
      1 tsp ground cloves
      1 tsp ground coriander
      1 tsp ground Ginger
      You can but mixed spice already mixed though as I did.

  4. Thank you, thank you Mr D! I am Norwegian, but married to an English man. His mother is dead so she can not teach me. Christmaspudding is very, very importent to him and I love it as well!

    1. +Elisabeth Dahl Hi Elisabeth you do not have to make my Christmas pudding in a thermal cooker so if you don't have one no problem. You will need though to simmer it on the cooker instead. If you need any help please let me know. Happy Christmas from Mr D

    2. +MrDsKitchen Thank you Mr D and a very good Christmas to you too! Another time I would love to learn how to make pickled onions the English way ;-))…..

    1. Hi Suzita thank you for your kind words. It seems as though your memories are very precious to you and probably even more at this time of the year. All the best Mr D (Dave Knowles – The Thermal Cook)

  5. I live in Czech Republic, we haven’t got Christmas pudding but it looks so yummy, I want to taste it😅👍
    I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!🎄🎁

  6. Thank you, now this Dutch boy knows how to make a Christmas pudding. Dated an English girl for 2 years and celebrated X-mas traditionally in the Yorkshire region. Lovely memories. Have a wonderful time everybody, celebrate life.

  7. Thanks, Dave. Great video. When I was a kid, we always had a silver sixpence in the pudding. They were out of circulation by the time I came along, so my folks must have used the same one each year.


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