7-Cup Steamed Christmas Pudding With Butterscotch Sauce

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • For the pudding, empty the first six cups and the nuts, if using, into a mixing bowl with the spices, then stir in the milk and egg. Once well combined, tip into a buttered 1.5 litre pudding bowl.
  • Cover with a double layer of buttered foil, making a pleat in the centre to allow the pudding to rise.
  • Tie the foil securely with string, then place in a steamer or large pan containing enough gently simmering water to come halfway up the sides of the bowl. Steam, covered with a lid, for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • Check the water level during cooking, topping up if necessary.
  • If you are preparing this pudding ahead, remove the foil, let it cool slightly, then wrap in cling film and then fresh foil. It can be stored in a fridge for up to one week ahead of time. Or, freeze it for up to one month. Defrost overnight.
  • If you are serving it immediately, unwrap and invert onto a deep plate.
  • For the sauce, put everything in a pan and bring slowly to the boil, stirring. Allow to bubble away for 2-3 minutes, still stirring, until the sugar has dissolved and the sauce is pale caramel in colour and slightly thickened.
  • Remove from the heat. Pour the sauce over the pudding and decorate with the whole mixed nuts.
  • Serve with a jug of fresh cream or brandy custard.