This ultimate Christmas pudding recipe, rounded off with a scoop of Jude’s festive Hot Toddy ice cream, is a must-try this Christmas.

Jude’s have collaborated with legendary whisky distillers Laphroaig to create the Hot Toddy Ice Cream, combining smooth, creamy ice cream, honey, cinnamon and award-winning Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky. Try something different and add a scoop to this Christmas pudding recipe.

Serves 8-10
Prep time – 25 mins
Cooking time – 7 hours


A little softened butter, for greasing
225g caster sugar
200g suet
300g currants
300g raisins
300g citrus peel
100g glace cherries
75g pistachios, roughly chopped
110g plain flour
110g fresh white breadcrumbs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
Zest from 1 lemon
5 eggs, lightly beaten
50ml whisky
100ml Cointreau

For the Topping

3 tbsp apricot jam, melted
Zest of 1 clementine
A handful of toasted almonds, pecan nuts and glace cherries


1. Lightly grease a 1.2 litre pudding basin with softened butter and cut a small circle of parchment to place in the base of the pudding bowl.

2. Combine the sugar, suet, currants, raisins, citrus peel, cherries, pistachios, plain flour, breadcrumbs, spices and lemon zest in a very large mixing bowl.

3. Add the eggs, whisky and Cointreau, stir all of the ingredients together until well distributed and spoon the wet mixture into the pudding basin, pressing the mixture down with the back of a spatula. Place a round of baking parchment over the top of the mixture and then wrap with a layer of foil so that the basin is watertight. Secure with string.

4. Either put the basin in the pan of boiling water, to come halfway up the sides, or in the top of a lidded steamer and steam for six hours, checking every so often that the water is topped up.

5. Cool your pudding in the basin, re-wrap in foil, and store for six weeks, until Christmas Day.

6. Once ready to re-heat, steam the wrapped pudding – still in its basin – for a further three hours. To serve, remove from the basin and brush with warmed apricot jam. Decorate with cherries, nuts and clementine and serve, with a side of Jude’s Hot Toddy ice cream.

Jude’s Hot Toddy ice cream featured in our Top 10 Christmas Gifts…

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