How to steam, flame and serve your traditional pudding

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a Christmas pudding and that includes setting fire to it! Find out how to steam, flame and serve your traditional pudding with these three easy steps.

How to steam, flame and serve your traditional pudding
  1. Put the pudding (foil-covered in its basin if homemade) in a large lidded pan set on a trivet or upturned saucer.
  2. Fill the pan with hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the basin/pudding. Cover and steam for 2 hours (top up with water if needed).
  3. To serve, turn the pudding out onto a plate. Pour 75ml brandy into a ladle and carefully warm over a low heat (or warm in a small pan) for 1 minute or so. Light the brandy using a long match, then tip it over the pudding while still flaming and serve straightaway.

Want more? Have a go at one of our Christmas pudding recipes or browse through all our festive desserts.

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