My vegan Christmas pudding is fruity, boozy, festive and utterly delicious. It simply isn't Christmas dinner without a slice of steamed fruit pudding to round off the meal. The perfect way to end your festive feast this year.
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I absolutely love Christmas pudding and for me it simply isn't Christmas without it.
Vegan versions of ready made Christmas pudding are increasingly becoming easier to find. However, I find it much more satisfying to make my own.
This version is lighter both in consistency and colour than many Christmas puddings. This makes it easier to find room for after a large Christmas lunch!
What to serve with Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding goes well with any of these vegan toppings:
- vanilla ice cream
- oat or soya cream
- vegan whipped cream
- dairy free custard
- vegan brandy butter
How long does this vegan Christmas pudding last?
Because Christmas pudding is made with plenty of sugar, dried fruit, and often booze, it lasts a lot longer than most desserts.
In fact, it's a good idea to make it in advance because this allows the flavours to develop.
Some recipes say that Christmas pudding can be kept for a year or longer. I have never managed to keep hold of a Christmas pud to test this out but you'll be fine making this recipe 4-6 weeks in advance. Keep it well wrapped up and top up the brandy if you wish.
Can you reheat Christmas pudding?
Absolutely. Once it's been steamed you can reheat in the microwave in individual portions if you wish. In my opinion this is much nicer than eating it cold.
Can you freeze Christmas pudding?
Yes. If you have a lot of leftover Christmas pudding then you can wrap it up well and store in the freezer. However, remember that Christmas pudding lasts well out of the freezer too so you may not need to freeze it.
How do you replace suet in a Christmas pudding with a vegan alternative?
Christmas pudding is traditionally made with suet, or beef fat.
It is possible to buy vegetable suet. However, this is heavily processed and usually made with palm oil so I just prefer to leave it out. I don't think you'll miss it!
Is brandy vegan?
According to the Vegan Society, brandy is usually vegan. However, brands can vary so always check if you're not sure.
Can you make this recipe without alcohol?
Yes. Replace the brandy in the recipe with orange juice if you prefer an alcohol-free Christmas pudding.
More vegan Christmas recipes you might like
- iced vegan Christmas cake
- rosemary roast potatoes
- balsamic Brussels sprouts
- red cabbage
- maple roasted carrots
- parsnip wellington
- chestnut and cranberry nut roast
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How to make vegan Christmas pudding
Vegan Christmas pudding
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds also known as linseed
- 4 tbsp cold water
- 350 g mixed dried fruit eg raisins, sultanas, chopped dates, chopped apricots, cranberries, cherries, lemon or orange peel
- Zest of an orange
- 100 g plain flour
- 100 g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
- 100 g chopped almonds
- 80 g light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tbsp brandy
- 6 tbsp dairy free milk I used oat milk
- To make this vegan Christmas pudding you will either need a pudding steamer or a 1 litre pudding basin and a large saucepan with a lid.
- First cut out a circle of baking paper to fit the top of your 1 litre pudding basin. Grease the basin and set aside.
- Next make your flax eggs. Mix 2 tbsp ground flax seeds with 4 tbsp cold water and set aside to thicken slightly.
- Put 350g mixed dried fruit, the zest of an orange, 100g plain flour, 100g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs , 100g chopped almonds , 80g light brown sugar, 1/2 tsp nutmeg , 1 tsp ground cinnamon , 1 tsp ground ginger, 2 tbsp brandy, your flax eggs and 6 tbsp dairy free milk into a large mixing bowl and mix well.
- Pour the whole lot into a greased 1 litre basin. Press down well and flatten the top. Put your circle of baking paper on top of the mixture.
- Cover the basin with two layers of foil and tie up tightly with a piece of string. This is to stop the water from getting in while the pudding is being cooked.
- If using a pudding steamer follow its instructions.
- Fill a large saucepan to about one third full with water. Bring to the boil.
- Carefully lower your basin into the water. If the water comes up to your foil you’ll need to carefully remove some.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the whole lot with a lid. Steam for three hours.
- Check occasionally to make sure that the water hasn’t boiled away and if it has top up.
- After three hours use oven gloves to carefully remove from the saucepan. Allow to cool for ten minutes, then place a serving plate on top of the bowl, turn it upside down and remove the pudding.
- If your vegan Christmas pudding is stuck carefully run a knife around the edge of the pudding, then invert again and give the basin a tap. It should slide out easily now. Serve with vegan cream or custard.
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