Try this ginger and cranberry steamed pudding, then check out our classic Christmas pudding, cranberry cake, Christmas cake, mince pies, and more Christmas baking recipes.

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  • 3 tbsp golden syrup, plus a little extra for serving
  • 275g mixed cranberries, raisins, sultanas, currants
  • 100g soft prunes, chopped
  • 50g crystallised stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 100ml ginger wine
  • 1 orange, zest grated and juiced
  • 100g almonds, chopped
  • 1 small Bramley apple, peeled, cored and coarsely grated
  • 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • to serve cream or custard


  • STEP 1

    Butter the inside of a 1.5 litre pudding basin or pyrex bowl and spoon the golden syrup into it.

  • STEP 2

    Put the cranberries, raisins, sultanas, currants and prunes in a large shallow pan. Add the chopped ginger, ginger wine, orange zest and juice. Cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove and cool. Add the almonds and apple and mix well.

  • STEP 3

    Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs then sift in the our, baking powder, ground ginger and mixed spice and fold in using a large metal spoon. Stir in the dried fruit mixture.

  • STEP 4

    Spoon into the pudding basin and level. Cover with a sheet of baking paper then a sheet of foil. Make a pleat in the middle to allow the pudding to expand and then tie the cover securely under the rim of the bowl, trimming off any excess.

  • STEP 5

    Put the pudding in a large saucepan then ll with boiling water to reach up to 2/3 of the sides of the pudding bowl. Cover with a lid and cook at a gentle simmer for 3 hours, checking the water level halfway through the cooking time.

  • STEP 6

    Remove the pudding from the pan and rest for 5 minutes before turning out onto a warmed serving dish. Spoon over a little extra warm golden syrup and serve with cream or custard.


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