How to make a Christmas pudding

A Christmas pudding is the crowning glory of the festive meal. Cook it in a microwave oven and it will be ready to enjoy in no time

At Christmas, when cooking space is at a premium, a microwave could save the day. Combining the convenience of both a microwave and an oven, the Samsung MC28H5125AK gives you an extra 28L capacity.

A smart sensor monitors the interior humidity, making automatic adjustments to ensure food is perfectly cooked. Advanced fermentation technology simplifies the proving process for dough, while Power Defrost lets you thaw frozen foods quickly and evenly.

It's easy to clean, too, with a scratch-resistant ceramic enamel interior and a deodorisation setting that dissipates lingering smells fast, so food always tastes fresh and delicious.

Samsung MC28H5125AK gives you an extra 28L capacity
How to make a Christmas pudding

A microwave is a quick and easy way of making
a last-minute Christmas pudding

Richard Bertinet, Chef and Baker

What do I need to make Christmas pudding?

A grater

1. A grater

A storage container with lid neatly catches and
stores your ingredients ready for use

OXO Good Grips Box grater, £16

A decent pan

2. A decent pan

Made from durable aluminium with a non-stick
interior, this pan offers superb heat conduction

John Lewis ‘The Pan’ Saucepan and Lid, £25

Measuring tools

3. Measuring tools

This set of 4 brightly coloured spoons makes it easy
to measure precise quantities for baking

John Lewis Chamonix measuring spoons, £5

A mixing bowl

4. A mixing bowl

Large enough to prepare batter, whisk eggs and
whip up icing, this melamine bowl is a
baking must-have

House by John Lewis Prep bowl, £3.50

A Pudding basin

5. A Pudding basin

With its cheerful festive motif, this two-pint
ceramic basin makes a lovely gift with a
homemade pudding

John Lewis Chamonix pudding basin, £7

6. Serveware

6. Serveware

Keep the focus on the pudding by serving it on this elegant, minimalist satin-grey stoneware

John Lewis Puritan tableware, £7-£30


Christmas pudding tips

French chef and baker, Richard Bertinet offers us his advice

You could make and serve it straight away, but if you have a little more time, follow the steps up to the cooking stage, then refrigerate overnight to develop the flavours

Add an extra kick by replacing some of the fruit with homemade or good-quality ready-made mincemeat, but do check the label to ensure you're not adding any unnecessary additives

To serve your pudding, warm 100ml of brandy or rum in a pan, pour over the pudding at the last minute and light immediately with a match. Serve with a homemade crème anglaise or a shop-bought custard, as you prefer

If you want to be creative, use the recipe as a template and change it to suit your own preferences: swap some of the fruit for prunes or figs, or swap the almonds for other nuts. You can even experiment with different spirits. Calvados works well


If you have some pudding left over, it could be broken up and mixed into a soft vanilla ice cream for a delicious treat on Boxing Day

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