Mrs Bridges' Christmas Pudding Recipe

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 Updated 01/07/2015

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From "Mrs. Bridges Upstairs Downstairs Cookery Book", based on the LWT programme Upstairs Downstairs. Published by Sphere Books Ltd.

See also:
Christmas Pudding Ice Cream Recipe
Christmas Pudding Recipe
Christmas Pudding Recipe 2
Christmas Pudding Recipe 3
Vegetarian Christmas Pudding Recipe


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup fresh, white breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 cup Barbados sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Barley Wine or Yorkshire Stingo
  • 2 tablespoons Brandy
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 3/4 cups seedless raisins
  • 1 3/4 cups sultanas
  • 4 tablespoons candied peel
  • 6 tablespoons blanched, slivered almonds
  • 1 cup suet
  • 1/2 cup glace cherries
  • 1 cooking apple
  • grated rind of a large lemon
  • grated rind and juice of 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Finely chop the cherries and the candied peel.
  2. Put them in a large, deep bowl with the rest of the dried fruit.
  3. Peel, slice and chop the apple, add the grated lemon and orange peel and the almonds.
  4. Add the suet, flour, breadcrumbs, sugar and spices and salt.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add the well beaten eggs, the ale and the brandy and the fruit juice.
  7. Stir, wish and leave overnight.
  8. Put the mixture into pudding basins (there will be enough to fill four 1 1/2 pint basins and leave an inch or two at the top for the mixture to swell.
  9. Cover with greaseproof paper (or foil) then with a cloth tied below the rim securely with string.
  10. Put the puddings in pans, each on a trivet if possible and with water three quarters of the way up the basin.
  11. Simmer on a very low heat for 8 hours replenishing with boiling water when necessary.
  12. Serve with superfine sugar, brandy butter, Cumberland rum butter or cream (clotted or double).

Prep Time: 480 minutes

Cook Time: 480 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 portions


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