Michel Roux Jr.'s Christmas Pudding

Michel Roux Jr.'s Christmas Pudding
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It is difficult to make Christmas pudding in small batches – it just doesn’t seem right – so make plenty and give extras away as presents. This recipe makes enough for two large basins but you can make whatever size you want. Only the cooking times will vary. I usually make the puddings in September and store it in a dark cool place or in the fridge until Christmas. They can, however, be kept for a year if refrigerated."

The flavours of Matusalem Sherry are so intense it is almost like drinking Christmas pudding – not a wine for glugging. Surprisingly, Port is a good match for the pudding and you can carry on drinking it with the Stilton afterwards “à l’Anglaise”. But at home we usually have Sauternes – à la Française!


Put all the ingredient in a very big mixing bowl – or even the kitchen sink! Mix well, then cover and refrigerate for at least 24hours – if you don’t have space in the fridge, just leave in a cool place. Fill the pudding basins up to 2cm below the rim. Cover with greaseproof paper, then a cloth and tie tightly with a string. Place in a double boiler or steamer and cover. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, topping up with boiling water when necessary. Transfer to a bain-marie or a shallow pan filled with water and bake in the oven, 150°C / gas 2, for a further hour and half without the lid. Remove and check whether the pudding is cooked by gently pressing the top with your fingers – it should be firm to the touch. Alternatively, insert a knife into the pudding – it should come out clean. Leave to cool. Tie on a clean cloth and wipe the basin before putting away.

To serve, put the pudding back into a double –boiler or steamer with a loose-fitting lid and simmer for 3 hours. Turn out on to a dish. Warm some brandy or dark rum, pour over the pudding and ignite to serve. Accompany with some double cream.


Calories per serving:

640 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 30g 47%
  • Carbs 86g 29%
  • Saturated 13g 67%
  • Fiber 5g 22%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 57g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 10g 19%
  • Cholesterol 69mg 23%
  • Sodium 146mg 6%
  • Calcium 125mg 12%
  • Magnesium 64mg 16%
  • Potassium 632mg 18%
  • Iron 3mg 16%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 184mg 26%
  • Vitamin A 57µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 14%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 20%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 10%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 37µg 9%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 4µg 5%
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