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Christmas Fruit Pudding Instant Pot

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Traditional Steamed Fruit Pudding Made In An Instant Pot 

Get motivated in November or early December and make your Christmas pudding early - it will mature in time for Christmas. 
christmas steamed pudding pressure cooker
What is a Traditional Steamed Christmas Pudding?
Native to Great Britain, this festive dessert is known for its density and intense spices, dried fruit, and brandy. It is almost the same as an American fruit cake. A steamed pudding is more like a loaf cake packed with an assortment of fruits (like raisins, sultanas, pineapple, and crystallized ginger) that soak overnight in rum and orange zest. doused with brandy and set alight before serving dinners.
A traditional British Christmas Pudding is often made ahead of time. It is a steamed, fruit-filled dessert which can be set alight (then doused with brandy and set alight before serving) when served. It is a beautiful conclusion to a holiday dinner.


Key Spices For Traditional Steamed Fruit Pudding

Rum

Rums flavor brings together, with spice the true depth of the tropical fruit in your steamed pudding. Because it is cooked in a pressure cooker it is well infused throughout the dessert and is simply delicious.  If you use a darker Rum then you will also get vanilla and caramel swirling around giving your pudding a deep richness

Orange Zest

Orange zest has a strong and pungent flavor, with even a hint of sweetness but without the bitterness of the pith. The flavor can be described as the essence of orange flavor and aroma. And it really helps the fruit developed its flavor.

Ginger

Ginger is another key ingredient, crystallized and diced up it adds a special and unique taste to this pudding.  Even if you do not actually taste the ginger directly - it actually influences and enhances the overall flavor.
christmas pudding ingrdients

Prepare Your Ingredients

It really does help to get organized by getting all your ingredients measured and organized first. 

Why - because when you have never made a recipe before - having all your ingredients ready means that you can firstly check them off against the recipe before you start so that nothing is missing.

Secondly - as you are moving through the cooking steps it lets you focus on the dish preparation rather than jumping around looking for or preparing a missed item.
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Christmas Fruit Steamed Pudding Instant Pot

  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 40
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Christmas

Description

Christmas Fruit Steamed Pudding Flavored with a hint of Rum - just right for the holiday season.


Scale

Ingredients

Fruit mix

3.5 oz Glazed cherry 100g

9 oz Raisins 250g

9 oz Sultanas 250g

8 oz crushed Pineapple 

3.5 oz chopped crystallized Ginger 100g

1/2 cup Rum

1 Orange zest and squeeze the juice

1 Lemon zest

1 Apple grated

Pudding Ingredients

2.5 oz 75 g Breadcrumbs - (fresh white bread)

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

2 tablespoons Golden syrup

7oz Condensed milk 195g

1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon mixed spice

4 oz unsalted butter

4 Eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla  extract

1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups of flour


Instructions

Fruit Mix

Mix the raisins, sultanas pineapple, and grated apple in a large bowl. Then chop the crystallized ginger and add. Add the orange zest and then squeeze the juice of the orange into the bowl. Finally, zest a lemon also into the bowl. 

Mix all together and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the fridge - this is best done the night before.

 

Steamed Fruit Pudding Mix

  1. Make the breadcrumbs in a food processor till they are fine breadcrumbs
  2. Prepare to line the tins with baking paper - by tracing correct sized circles. (see our pictures) Cut the baking paper to size
  3. Grease the tins with butter before you put in the baking paper and also after you put in the baking paper. ( we used a brush with soft butter)
  4. Diced the glazed cherries and add to the fruit mix, plus add the rum also.
  5. Melt the butter and mix in the golden syrup and condensed milk.
  6. Then add the sugar
  7. Add the eggs that have been whisked first to the butter and milk mix
  8. Next, add the baking soda and milk and stir well
  9. Then mix well
  10. After that add the rest of the dry ingredients  (cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice) to the fruit and mix well by hand  - see photo
  11. Now mix the flour into the fruit
  12. Then add the butter and wet mix to the fruit mix and continue to mix by hand.
  13. When complete the mix will be quite wet and runny - so do not worry
  14. Now add to the bowl or pudding tin you are cooking in
  15. Cover the tin with baking paper and foil ( see picture to note the small fold in the middle to allow space for the cake to rise
  16. We find that securing the paper and foil on the top with a rubber band is the best way to hold it on.
  17. Now add the trivet and add some water
  18. Put in the tin to the instant pot
  19. Top the water up to about 1-2 inches below the top of your cake tin.
  20. Now put the instant pot lid and set to steam - but leave the vent open so the steam comes out - note this means the timer will not work on the instant pot - so you will have to time it manually for 15 minutes as soon as you notice the steam coming out
  21. After 15 minutes push cancel and close the steam vent and then set on high pressure for 45 minutes
  22. Allow for 10 minutes of natural pressure release
  23. Carefully take out the pudding and let it cool until you can touch it and it is only a little bit warm. Do not take out the pudding too early as it will be too fragile.
  24. Then you can decorate as you see fit 

 



Nutrition

  • Calories: 355

Keywords: christmas,holiday.pudding,dessert

breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs

It may seem strange but breadcrumbs give moisture and body to the pudding.

Start with fresh bread, as you want the breadcrumbs fine but soft.  Cut off the crusts if they are too hard or dry. Add the bread to a food processor and blitz to a similar texture shown here.

Prepare The Baking Tin

We made a larger pudding and several smaller ones. 

First, brush the tin with melted or soft butter.

Then add the precut parchment paper (baking paper) like you can see here in the picture.

Finally, then brush over the top again so that there is a fine, but even coverage and you will find the puddings come out nice and easily.
crease the tins
fruit mix

Cherries Into The Fruit Mix

Hopefully, you prepared the fruit mix as per the recipe above and the day before.

Cut the glazed cherries and also add them to the fruit mix.

Mix the cherries in.

Lemon Zest 

While no one ingredient dominates - put all these different things in just builds and builds the overall taste and texture of your Christmas steamed pudding.

Lemon Zest is no exception - zest it in as you see here in the photo.
grated lemon
mixx eggs

Whisk The Eggs



Put the eggs in a bowl and whisk them so they are mixed well and have some air incorporated in them - this helps the texture of the pudding.

Add In the Vanilla

Add in the vanilla and mix again and then follow the above recipe on how to combine all the liquid or "wet" ingredients.


add vanila
mix the flour in the fruit christmas pudding

Mix In The Flour

Now mix the flour into the fruit - we gently mixed it in with a soft spatula.

Combine All The Ingredients Now

Then add the butter and wet mix to the fruit mix and continue to mix by hand. 

When complete the mix will be quite wet and runny - so do not worry 

Now add to the bowl or pudding tin you are cooking in 
add in the wet ingredients
cover

Cover The Bowl

Cover the pudding tin with baking paper and foil ( see picture to note the small fold in the middle to allow space for the cake to rise)

We find that securing the paper and foil on the top with a rubber band is the best way to hold it on. 

After Cooking


Carefully take out the pudding and let it cool until you can touch it and it is only a little bit warm. 

Do not take out the pudding too early as it will be too fragile.

cooked christmas pudding
christmas steamed pudding pressure cooker

Get Ready To Eat

Now you can make your Christmas pudding in less than 2 hours and if you make it in advance then the flavor will intensify.

The two smaller cakes in the back we have topped with Creme Anglaise. We will post. recipe for that shortly.

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