My neighbor is from Co. Kerry in Ireland and she gave me the best gift this year by sharing her family recipe with me for her special Irish Christmas pudding. – what a treat and a joy to receive a recipe such as that from a friend!
Sometime called a ‘Plum Pudding’, even though it never contains plums, this delicious dessert is the traditional end of the family Christmas dinner in most homes in Ireland, and in Britain. Made with fruit, citrus, breadcrumbs and healthy doses of alcohol (in this case Irish whiskey!) the dish is a curiosity in America, but let me encourage you to give it a try…
One of the Irish traditions my friend Anne Marie shared with me was this…”stir the pudding, and when all the ingredients are combined, then make a wish”. These memories are passed on generation to generation and her girls all agree they are going to be passing the recipe and cooking an Irish Christmas pudding when they have their own homes!
So, here is the recipe and remember to make a Christmas wish from my home to yours… Merry Christmas!
- 8 oz unsalted Kerrygold butter
- 8 oz brown sugar
- 6 oz bread crumbs
- 2 oz all purpose flour
- ½ tsp of baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 12 oz mixed fruit (currants, raisins and sultanas)
- 1 apple (finely chopped)
- 2 oz of glaze cherries
- 2 oz of nuts
- ½ tsp of mixed spices (all spice with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg)
- ½ cup of citrus juice (orange or lemon)
- ½ cup of Irish whiskey
How to make it
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a medium size bowl until creamy and light. Fold in the breadcrumbs, flour, and baking powder string to combine. Add the eggs, fruits, nuts, spices cherries and finally stir in the citrus juice and whiskey stirring until everything is fully incorporated.
- Transfer to a round shaped bowl. Cover with wax paper and secure tightly with string.
- Transfer to a large pot of boiling water and simmer on low for 12 hours. (It does not need to be a constant 12 hours if you are leaving your house you can turn the stove off and restart it again when you get home or wake up)
Judie the Irish foodie