Grandma's Christmas Plum Pudding

Nancy P.
This recipe came from England with my great-grandmother in the latter half of the 1800's. her daughter, my grandmother, continued to make the pudding each year for Christmas when the entire family gathered together after church to have dinner and clelbrate the holiday.
Course Dessert


  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ box raisins
  • ½ box currants
  • 4 oz. citron
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • tsp pepper
  • ½ tbsp each cinnamon cloves, nutmeg, allspice
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 oz. red wine
  • 4 oz. cold coffee
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 12 oz. candied fruit
  • 2 cup sifted flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder

Rum Sauce

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp rum extract


  • Mix all together in a large bowl. Transfer all to geased stainless steel bowl. If you don't have a steamer, cover bowl with waxed paper or aluminum foil and secure.
  • In a large cooking pot invert a dish and place on bottom of pot. Place bowl with pudding on top of dish. Fill pot with water halfway up pudding bowl. Heat and steam until pudding is cooked.

Rum Sauce:

  • In a saucepan, scald milk over medium heat.
  • In separate bowl, mix together sugar, butter, flour, water, beaten egg, and rum extract.
  • Add to scalded milk and cook over medium heat until thickened.

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