Christmas Fruit Pudding Instant Pot

Easy Christmas Fruit Pudding Using An Instant Pot.

Get ready to delight your holiday with this family recipe that was originally made by my “grandma” in a stove top, or traditional pressure cooker.

A few Christmases ago, I got out her aging recipe book and tried a few weeks ahead of the holiday period to make the recipe in my modern electric pressure cooker – a.k.a – an Instant Pot.

Guess what – it worked perfectly – so follow this tested recipe to make a moist and aromatic Christmas fruit pudding in no time.

Need a fancy French dessert for the holiday season try our easy creme brulee in an Instant Pot.

Easy Christmas Fruit Steamed Pudding Instant Pot

Christmas Fruit Steamed Pudding Flavored with a hint of Rum – just right for the holiday season.
Prep Time40 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Amercian, english
Keyword: christmas, dessert, holiday.pudding
Servings: 8
Calories: 355kcal
Author: Rosie


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
  • 7 oz 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


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
  • Make the breadcrumbs in a food processor till they are fine breadcrumbs
  • Prepare to line the tins with baking paper – by tracing correct sized circles. (see our pictures) Cut the baking paper to size
  • 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)
  • Diced the glazed cherries and add to the fruit mix, plus add the rum also.
  • Melt the butter and mix in the golden syrup and condensed milk.
  • Then add the sugar
  • Add the eggs that have been whisked first to the butter and milk mix
  • Next, add the baking soda and milk and stir well
  • Then mix well
  • After that add the rest of the dry ingredients  (cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice) to the fruit and mix well by hand  – see photo
  • Now mix the flour into the fruit
  • 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
  • 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
  • We find that securing the paper and foil on the top with a rubber band is the best way to hold it on.
  • Now add the trivet and add some water
  • Put in the tin to the instant pot
  • Top the water up to about 1-2 inches below the top of your cake tin.
  • 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
  • After 15 minutes push cancel and close the steam vent and then set on high pressure for 45 minutes
  • Allow for 10 minutes of natural pressure release
  • 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.
  • Then you can decorate as you see fit 


Calories: 355kcal