Christmas Pudding Recipes

Allrecipes has more than 20 recipes for Christmas puddings like figgy pudding, or date, plum, carrot and toffee puddings. Serve up some traditional puddings this Christmas.

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Apple and Carrot Christmas Pudding

Rating: 4.42 stars
This is just like traditional Christmas pudding, but with less fat. The house smells great all day long. It's wonderful served with rum or cranberry sauce. For variations, try lemon or chocolate sauce. You can also line the mold with pecan halves or cranberries before filling. Be creative and add Christmas decorations to the plate before serving. The sky is the limit.

Nanny's Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Rating: 4.62 stars
A steamed pudding with caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream. My family says you can't get a dessert this delicious in any restaurant. I make it for all holiday family gatherings.

Carrot Pudding

Rating: 4.7 stars
This is a wonderful spice filled dessert that resembles plum pudding but is low in fat (unless you use the buttery sauce!). The buttery sauce is optional, the pudding is good with or without it!

Old-Fashioned Persimmon Pudding

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is an old-fashioned persimmon pudding recipe from which people who say they don't like persimmon pudding DO like this one. It is more moist and more like the consistency of pumpkin pie filling. It's wonderful topped with whipped cream or milk poured over it.

Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Rating: 4.58 stars
Easy to make, and delicious to eat using just a few ingredients. This steamed pudding is traditional at Christmas - served with Hard Sauce.

Brandy Butter (Hard Sauce)

Rating: 4.31 stars
This is a traditional sauce to be served with Plum Pudding. Yummy served later on hot raisin toast.

Sweet Figgy Pudding

Rating: 4 stars
Very sweet steamed pudding, more like a cake, that is typically served at holiday time. I cook this into my double boiler. Even though this cooks on simmer, it is wise to check that the pan does not boil dry! This is traditionally served with hard sauce.

Figgy Pudding

Rating: 4.38 stars
Dense, moist cake reminiscent of the Victorian dessert, this figgy pudding was the perfect finale to a chestnut-stuffed, Christmas goose dinner. Serve warm with whipped cream flavored with liqueur.

Old Fashioned Carrot Pudding

Rating: 4.29 stars
I received this recipe about 40 years ago from a friend who said it had been in her family for generations. It comes out wonderfully moist and flavorful. I have given it as Christmas gifts many times and it's always very well received.

Suet Pudding

Rating: 4.43 stars
I remember my grandmother making this for Christmas, my mother used to make it and now I'm preparing it for our Christmas celebration.

Christmas Plum Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is a fairly basic British Christmas plum pudding recipe but unlike other recipes it can actually have plums in it. Unfortunately the ingredient list is so long, it isn't easy to make it in less than industrial quantities! You can substitute a mixture of fresh and dried apricots, peaches, etc. for the plums and milk for the ale if you wish. Serve with brandy or rum butter.

Grandma's Suet Pudding

Rating: 4.45 stars
I have never used this recipe but I recently inherited my grandmother's recipe collection. She cooked desserts for a restaurant in the 30's and later cooked desserts from her home by special requests.

Inspiration and Ideas

Apple and Carrot Christmas Pudding
Rating: Unrated
"Just like my mom used to make at Christmas. This was a huge hit with everyone—especially served with rum sauce!" – Al Callander

Plum Pudding II

Rating: 4.87 stars

This is a steamed pudding of brown sugar, butter, milk, flour, dates, raisins, currants, and candied fruit peel. Serve it with custard, whipped cream or ice cream.