The variations on this are endless because the filling can be any combination of mincemeat, pumpkin and/or cranberry sauce, but here's my favorite combination.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 hrs
3 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Grease one 2-quart lidded pudding mold. Sift together the flour, sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, butter, mincemeat, cranberry sauce and pumpkin. Add to flour mixture and mix until smooth; pour into pudding mold.

  • Place a rack in the bottom of a large pot, over medium heat, and fill 1/2 way up with boiling water. Place the pudding on the rack. Steam for 2 1/2 hours.

  • Check the pan occasionally and add more water if needed. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. When firm, place the pudding mold on a rack outside of the water for 10 minutes and unmold.

  • Prepare a sauce by blending together the sour cream, cream cheese and confectioners sugar. Spoon dollops over warm pudding and serve.

Nutrition Facts

490 calories; protein 7.1g; carbohydrates 65.1g; fat 23.4g; cholesterol 105mg; sodium 497.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I didn't have self-rising flour so I added 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder and it rose fine. Also instead of steaming it I baked it at 350 for an hour. It was wonderfully moist and I think the sweetened cream sauce is perfect for it. Read More
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I didn't have self-rising flour so I added 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder and it rose fine. Also instead of steaming it I baked it at 350 for an hour. It was wonderfully moist and I think the sweetened cream sauce is perfect for it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I don't usually keep self-rising flour around, so I used regular flour instead and added a teaspoon of baking powder. It turned out just fine. And I used up my leftover canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce, and the result was really good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I like to "test" holiday recipes way early in order to have enough time to decide what to make/give to family and friends each year. This is a winner all the way around. I'll be baking it in small loaf pans instead of steaming it and that's the only change I'll make to this recipe. Thanks Leeza! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is awesome! My husband is from the UK and said it was one of the best Christmas Pudd's he's ever had (it probably helps that it has his favorite ingredient in it...PUMPKIN! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was my first Christmas pudding. It was very easy to make and wonderful! I doubled this and then used a metal mixing bowl as my mold. It took 4 hours to steam. I was very happy with the results! I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was just PERFECT! Very moist and has the perfect balance of ingredients. I wouldn't change anything at all. I did not have a rack that would fit into my boiling water pot so I made a 1/2 inch ring out of foil and placed my mold on that. It came out beautiful and I will make this every Christams from now on. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic pudding recipe! I have been using regular mincemeat rum & raisin mincemeat or brandy & date mincemeat. They all turn out delicious! I have made 6 so far this year and hand them out as Christmas or New Year's gifts. I usually pour a shot of very hot brandy over the pudding and light it to make a nice effect. Since I can't find sour cream here I replace it with strained yogurt (Fage). If someone doesn't like yogurt I serve it with custard cream. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Overall very moist and tasty and surprisingly easy. I made it three days before Christmas and used half-and-half brown sugar and white sugar and added an additional teaspoon of cinnamon with a half-teaspoon each of cloves ginger and nutmeg. I lined the bottom of the basin with bay leaves to make a pattern on the top of the pudding when it came out then poured in the batter wrapped with a few layers of foil tied it with twine to make a handle for lowering it into the water and boiled it for about three hours. It's shelf-stable and doesn't lose any of its moistness when sitting. On Christmas day I re-wrapped it and boiled it for about another forty-five minutes then turned it out on a plate and made the cream sauce by heating the ingredients and whipping them together. It was a big hit - very rich though; next time I'll make the sauce from light sour cream and light cream cheese. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I'm giving this a 4 as a Christmas bread but not a pudding. I had to make my own self-rising flour so maybe that had something to do with it. It was very "cakey" not dense as I was hoping for. It had very good flavor and was was eaten very quickly. The only change I made was using pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. Oh..also steamed it in 2 loaf pans for 2 hours. I'll make this again add some nuts and try baking it. Read More