Christmas Carrot Pudding (Festive Steamed Recipe) - Around The Nook (2024)

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This Christmas Carrot Pudding is a family favorite festive dessert that’s easy to make and is so delicious!

This carrot pudding is a moist dessert that everyone will love! Using staple ingredients mixed with grated carrots and potatoes, then sweetened with the goodness of raisins and currants. It’s steamed slowly to create a festive treat like no other.

This Christmas pudding recipe has stood the test of time, and while it takes a bit of time to cook, it is actually super simple to make. Plus the end result is definitely worth it!

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Traditional desserts, like homemade brownies or apple bars, that have been passed down from family members are so special. And this Carrot pudding is no different, passed down to me from my mother in law. It also happens to be very similar to a pudding that my own mom used to make. I love how simple it is to make and how absolutely moist and delicious it is!

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A Christmas pudding is generally a combination of dried fruits and sometimes nuts, eggs or molasses, spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, with flour and lard or butter. The pudding is steamed for hours and usually served with some kind of topping.

Years ago, folks created recipes from the ingredients that they had on hand and were affordable. So it made perfect sense to use root vegetables harvested and stored away combined with simple staples like flour and spices. In early recipes, suet replaced butter, which makes me extra thankful that butter is plentiful today!

I think the history of a Christmas pudding is what really draws me to including it in my own Christmas traditions. I love the fact that this simple dessert, that has stood the test of time, is still enjoyed today.

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How To Make Carrot Pudding

Making carrot pudding could not be easier!

  • Prepare a small bowl that has a lip, with butter. Cut a small circle of parchment to line just the bottom of the bowl.
  • Prepare and set aside all ingredients. Shred the carrots and potatoes. Sprinkle the potato with baking soda and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the currants, raisins, grated carrot and potato. Mix.
  • Add the flour and spices and stir only till just combined.
  • Fold into prepared dish and place in steamer for 3 hours. Learning how to steam a pudding is easy, just follow these easy instructions!
  • Remove and immediately turn upside down to remove the pudding from the bowl.

PRO TIP: If you have allowed your pudding to sit a bit too long and find it hard to turn out of the bowl, place it in a pan of hot water for about 5-10 minutes. This will soften the edges enough to turn out easily when flipped upside down.

Christmas Carrot Pudding is delicious on its own, but even more indulgent with a caramel or bourbon sauce. Whipped cream or ice cream are delicious toppings as well! Add chopped nuts or coconut flakes for a festive flair.

This dessert freezes wonderfully, so it’s the perfect choice for this busy time of year. After the pudding is cooled, cover with foil, then in plastic wrap and place in the freezer.

Thaw completely, and re-steam (if desired) before serving. Or alternately you can leave the tin foil on and reheat in a low heat oven just to warm. If you have an instant pot, it works wonderfully to re-heat this carrot pudding using the warm function.

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Our holiday meal is not complete unless it ends with a dish of this Christmas Carrot Pudding. It is an old time favorite Christmas dessert that I love and I hope you will too!

Favorite Festive Recipes!

Butter Tart Bars – so easy!

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls – for peanut lovers.

Easy Whipped Shortbread– a classic!

Mom’s Magic Cookie Bars Recipe – perfect for the holidays.

Graham Cracker Toffee Bars – 15 minute prep!

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Christmas Carrot Pudding Recipe

Carrot Pudding is a traditional dessert that is easy to make and so delicious!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: carrot pudding, carrot pudding recipe, christmas pudding recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours hours

Total Time: 3 hours hours 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 335kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup potato grated
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup carrots grated
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup currants
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Grease a small bowl that has a bit of a lip. Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of the bottom of the bowl. Spray the bowl and then place the parchment paper in the bottom. Spray again. Set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together butter and sugar.

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle grated potato with baking soda. Set aside.

  • Add carrots, potatoes, currants and raisins to the butter and sugar. Mix together.

  • Add the flour, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix only till combined.

  • Turn into prepared bowl. Cover with parchment lined foil and secure with kitchen twine to seal.

  • Using a pot with a pasta insert, or a pot with a trivet at the bottom, pour in just enough to the bottom that it will not touch the pudding bowl.

  • Bring water to a boil, then place the pudding in carefully. Steam for 3 hours.

  • Note: You will need to add boiling water to the bottom of the pot during this time as the water evaporates, so watch closely.

Notes

  • If the pudding is hard to turn out of the bowl, place it in a pan of hot water for about 5-10 minutes to soften the edges enough for it to turn out easily when flipped upside down.
  • This pudding freezes very well, so make it ahead of time!
  • Thaw pudding completely in the refrigerator, and re-steam (if desired) before serving.
  • Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, bourbon sauce or caramel sauce if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 3034IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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FAQs

Is it better to boil or steam Christmas pudding? ›

Ideally we would suggest that when the pudding is made it is steamed for 8 hours (the combined time of the first and second steamings) as the steaming is important for the flavour of the pudding. The pudding can then be microwaved to reheat it on Christmas Day.

How to wrap Christmas pudding for steaming? ›

Points to remember
  1. Lay a large sheet of baking parchment on top of a sheet of foil.
  2. Brush the parchment with melted butter to stop it sticking.
  3. Fold a pleat in the centre of the foil and parchment to give the pudding room to expand as it cooks.
  4. Tie the foil onto the basin with string; wrap it twice to keep it tight.
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How long does it take to steam a 1lb Christmas pudding? ›

Steam in the oven for 10 hours or overnight. I usually put mine in the oven at 10pm and bring it out at 8am the next morning (large pudding) Small puddings (1lb) I steam in the oven in the same way for 8 hours. Mini puddings in 150ml tins or dishes take 5 hours.

How long can you keep Christmas pudding before steaming? ›

If unrefrigerated then we would suggest no longer than 3 hours. If the battter is refrigerated then up to one day is fine, though let it stand at room temperature for about 45 minutes before steaming so that the pudding batter can come up to room temperature.

Why is my steamed pudding soggy? ›

To prevent water from getting into the mixture, which would make the pudding soggy, make sure you secure the foil with string and fold the foil back over the string.

Can you steam a pudding in a pyrex bowl? ›

Pour the syrup into a very well greased steam pudding dish or pyrex bowl. Beat the sugar and butter together until light in colour. Add the eggs, half at a time and beat well. Add the flour and the milk, a little at a time until well combined.

How to tell if steamed Christmas pudding is cooked? ›

Follow your recipe for the steaming times of your pudding, but if you do need to check then you can insert a skewer through the foil and parchment to check that it comes out clean. Simply patch up the hole with more foil if your pudding needs more time to steam.

How do you know when a steamed pudding is done? ›

Check the pudding is cooked by inserting a skewer through the foil and parchment lid into the centre of the pudding. If the skewer still has some wet mixture on it, return the pudding to the steamer for a further 15-20 mins, then check again.

Can you over steam a pudding? ›

For these basins we suggest steaming initially for 3 hours, and then for a further 3 hours before eating. As steaming is a very gentle form of cooking it is difficult to overcook the puddings, so the same steaming time for both size basins is fine.

Why are Christmas puddings steamed for so long? ›

A Christmas pudding is quite a dense mixture and needs long gentle cooking to prevent the outside burning before the inside is cooked. The same theory holds for reheating a pudding as it will take some time for the pudding to heat right through to the centre.

Can I steam Christmas pudding in two sessions? ›

Our answer. Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding (from NIGELLA CHRISTMAS) has a two-stage steaming method. So the larger version of the pudding should be steamed for 5 hours initially, and then 3 hours on the day of serving.

What alcohol is best for Christmas pudding? ›

Brandy works wonderfully well and we've added more punch by infusing it with fantastically festive flavourings.

Does the alcohol cook out of Christmas pudding? ›

Conclusion: Christmas puddings contain ethanol that does not all evaporate during the cooking process. However, the rise in BAC after ingestion of a typical slice of Christmas pudding was negligible and unlikely to affect work performance or safety or impair a health care worker's ability to make complex decisions.

Can you microwave an uncooked Christmas pudding instead of steaming? ›

Yes, you can microwave your Christmas pudding with the right recipe! Save time and effort - learn how to microwave instead of steaming or boiling your pudding. In partnership with and featuring recipes from Fairy.

Why do you have to boil Christmas pudding for so long? ›

Most Christmas puddings are made with suet (shredded beef fat) and this tends to take longer to melt than butter, so the pudding needs a long cooking time to make sure that the fat has melted and combined properly with the other ingredients.

Why is Christmas pudding steamed? ›

Unlike an oven, steaming adds moisture to the cake during the cooking process making it incredibly moist. Unlike in the oven, which uses dry heat. I am a sucker for a steamed pudding because they are just so incredibly moist and flavorful. Also the longer you leave them before eating the better the flavor.

How do you keep Christmas pudding moist? ›

After you have steamed and cooled your pudding, replace the foil with a freshly buttered piece to keep it moist and store in a cool, dark place, or the fridge, until you are ready to reheat it on Christmas day.

Why do Christmas puddings take so long to steam? ›

A Christmas pudding is quite a dense mixture and needs long gentle cooking to prevent the outside burning before the inside is cooked. The same theory holds for reheating a pudding as it will take some time for the pudding to heat right through to the centre.

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