Making Christmas Puddings with our 3 year old

IMG_7375This weekend we decided to finish off the Christmas Puddings. We started when we made the Christmas Cake, soaking the fruit at the same time but with puddings it can be left for longer (we left ours for a week). Making the Christmas Cake and Christmas Puddings is something I use to do with my mum as a child and a tradition I want to carry on with Monkey. The recipe we used this year can be found on Nigella Lawson’s website here, its not one I have tried before but it sounded indulgent just right for Christmas. Like with Christmas Cake its a great recipe to do with kiddies because it involves so much measuring and weighing which mean they can help out a lot and learn their numbers at the same time.

Initially we weighed the dry fruit and chopped the cherries before adding them to a jug with the all important Sherry (plus a little extra). Just be careful when you are picking the prunes off the shelf as I didn’t realise MonkeyMaking Christmas Puddings had picked the ones up with stones in!

The recipe is for a three litre pudding, the bowls we had from pervious years are only one litre each. So the plan was to make three, one for Christmas Day, one for Boxing Day and one to save. However either something went wrong with our calculations or the bowls are a little bigger than one litre as we only managed two puddings.

Making Christmas PuddingsIt is a very straightforward recipe requiring you to combine the rest of the ingredients together. First Monkey helped to measure them out – flour, bread crumbs, suet and the dark muscavado sugar. He had never seen suet before and was quite interested in it wanting to eat it – yuk!

As far as the spices and baking powder was concerned I did the measuring of these just incase we ended up with a little two much. Monkey particularly liked the smell of the ground cloves.

Making Christmas PuddingsThe recipe also called for honey, lemon zest, eggs and a grated cooking apple.

Monkey had fun trying to combine all of the ingredients into the mixing bowl. It was easier for him to mix than the Christmas Cake due to the amount of dried ingredients. Once we added the eggs and the dried fruit I took over as it had got a little harder.

The pudding bowls need to be buttered before the mixture goes in. We had also put a pan of water on the heat when we had started, as you need to steam the puddings. Depending Making Christmas Puddingson the size of your bowls will depend on how long they need to be steamed for.  We worked out a litre pudding needs a one hour and 40 minutes. Monkey of course helped to put the mixture in and then we called on Hubby’s skills to cover them.

He put a piece of butter parchment on top of a piece of foil (butter facing upwards) before folding a pleat in. This will allow the pudding to breathe during the steaming process. It was then secured over the top of the pudding bowl with string. Plus I found something to do with Monkey’s old muslins. By tying them around the bowls it means that they are easier to get in and out of the steamer/water.

Making Christmas Puddings  Making Christmas Puddings

Hopefully they will taste delicious on Christmas Day. We replaced the paper and foil with new versions so they are ready for steaming further on the day.

Do you make your own Christmas Puddings?




  1. October 30, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Oooh this has got me all excited for Chirstmas!!! Once Halloween is over I can’t wait to start baking and getting ready for ChriXmas now 🙂

  2. October 30, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Oh what a lovely thing to do together in the run up to Christmas! Is it as simple as you make it sound?My boys love baking but I must admit i am pretty useless in the kitchen. xx

  3. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    October 30, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    I’ve never made a Christmas pudding before! This looks fantastic & it’s really great that you got Monkey involved in the cooking process. It’s crazy how far in advance you have to make it! x

  4. October 31, 2015 / 7:33 am

    I’ve never made Christmas pudding, that’s probably because I’m not too keen on it. My little boy’s not long turned 2 and all I’ve braved to make with him are fairy cakes a couple of months ago, I’ll have to start making more with him. I recently made the mistake of buying prunes with stones in too! Looks like Monkey had a great time 🙂

  5. November 1, 2015 / 8:44 am

    I love baking with Lamb, although he loses interest quite quickly and I end up baking on my own! x

    • November 3, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Monkeys okay all the time he can ‘try’ the mixture or ingredients!! Xx

  6. November 1, 2015 / 9:37 am

    I love Christmas pudding and how wonderful that you got Monkey to help you out. It is always fun baking with a family member and who knows he might make you Christmas pudding next year!

  7. Michelle Murray
    November 1, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    I love seeing little ones get involved in making and baking. I’ve never made a christmas pudding although I may try this year

  8. Kate Reed
    November 2, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Wow! This is so festive and exciting – I can’t wait until our little Bug is old enough to have kitchen adventures like this! We’re going to try messy gingerbread making soon!

  9. November 5, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    How fab. We’ve never done this but it’s on our to do list next week or so! #kidsinthekitchen

  10. November 7, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Untill a couple of years ago we always made our own christmas puds… I think we have just gotten a bit lazy! Thankyou for the nudge I think we’ll have a go again this year! It’s great having you on #kidsinthekitchen, hope you can join me again this week!

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