Heap Family Light Christmas Pudding

Total Time
7hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 7 hrs

Rather than the traditional dark Christmas pudding, made months in advance and fed with alcohol, this can be made a couple of days before Christmas, and is far less boozy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Grease and line a glass 2pt basin or use a plastic basin with a ready made lid.
  2. Soak the orange and lemon rind, grated carrot, cherries and fruit in the spirits for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.
  3. Mix together the suet, flour, sugar, mixed spice and breadcrumbs.
  4. Add this to the fruit mix, and beat in 2 eggs.
  5. Transfer this to the basin, leaving an inch at the top.
  6. Cover the top of the basin with baking parchment and use the plastic lid or a double layer of foil.
  7. Steam over a low heat (watching carefully so that it doesn't run out of water!) or in a slow cooker for 7 hours. Alternatively cook for 5 hours when you make it, and then for a further 2 on Christmas day to warm up.