No Christmas is complete without an authentic Christmas pudding. This is quite possibly the BEST EVER Christmas pudding you’ll ever try! Vegan Christmas Pudding filled with all the spices of Christmas, concealing a traditional sixpence and topped with a simple brandy cream. How incredible does that sound!? Vegan, no-egg, no-dairy, easy to make.
What is Christmas Pudding?
If you’re not familiar with a Christmas pudding, let me tell you about it. The Christmas pudding has been around for centuries, originating in the Medieval England, United Kingdom. It’s a dried, sweet fruit cake soaked in either rum or brandy, and served as a dessert for Christmas.
Christmas pudding for me is definitely a family Christmas tradition. It’s may dads favourite part of the Christmas meal, as it’s his job to make the pudding and serve it with either custard, ice cream or brandy sauce.
There’s something comforting about winding down after an exciting christmas morning and following a hearty vegan main to a bowl of the delicious, warm spiced pudding.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- It’s vegan friendly – This recipe doesn’t contain any animal derived ingredients.
- Easy to make – Despite the long steaming time, the process of actually making the pudding mixture is pretty straight forward, easy and fun for all to get involved in making.
- Tastes like the real deal – Whoever you serve this to won’t be able to tell that this dessert is actually vegan, trust me! I shared it with my non-vegan neighbours and they were completely shocked that it was vegan, with one stating ‘it was the best christmas pudding they’d ever tried’! Now thats saying something!
- Rich and moist – The taste and texture of this pudding just screams Christmas. It’s spiced to perfection from the ground spices and super moist fruit, figs, dates and brandy.
- Great to make in advance – The best thing about this pudding is it can be made ahead of time and because of the fruits and alcohol, it will grow in flavour over time! Make sure it’s wrapped up tightly and stored in a seal container!
Keeping the tradition alive (sixpence addition)
There’s been a tradition since medieval times to add a sixpence to the Christmas pudding before its steamed. Traditionally, on the Sunday before Advent, families gathered in the kitchen to help make the Christmas pudding. A silver sixpence was placed into the pudding mix, then every member of the household gives the mix a stir. Whoever found the sixpence in their slice of the pudding on Christmas Day would see it as a sign that they will enjoy wealth and good luck in the year to come! I am so excited to have partnered with The Royal Mint, the UK’s official maker of British coins. They have just released their brand new Sixpence for 2023, honouring the year of His Majesty King Charles III’s coronation.
It’s the perfect addition to your Christmas pudding, makes for an amazing collectable christmas gift or wedding gift, symbolising luck and good fortune and is extremely good fun! Make sure to check out the 2023 Sixpence here.
How to make a Vegan Christmas Pudding?
You are going to go crazy for this scrumptious pudding! You want to start making the christmas pudding the day before to allow the fruits and brandy to soak. For best results, I highly suggest you follow the recipe very closely. As always, I recommend using a set of kitchen scales and gram measurements, rather than the US cup conversions. Using cups simply isn’t as accurate as using grams and scales. You’ll definitely see best results with grams! You can also find the written recipe in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Prep the basin
Grease the basin with vegan butter and line the bottom of the basin with grease-proof paper. Mix all of the dried fruit with the brandy and allow to soak.
- Mix the pudding
In a bowl add in all of the ingredients along with the soaked fruit, stir to combine then pour into the prepared basin. Smooth out the top and insert the sixpence. Add a sheet of grease-proof paper on top then over with foil and tighten with some string.
Lower the pudding into a large saucepan, add water to half way up the basin, boil then turn the heat down, add on a lid to steam for 4 hours.
Allow the pudding to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes then flip on a plate. Serve with some whipped dairy-free cream with the addition of brandy inside.
- Serve and enjoy
Use a shark knife to cut the pudding into servings. Disclaimer- make sure everyone finds the sixpence before eating the pudding!
Vegan Christmas Pudding tips and tricks
- Soak the fruit : This will make all the difference in taste and texture to your homemade vegan Christmas pudding. Simply place the dried fruit in a bowl and pour in the brandy. Cover with a tea towel and allow to sit overnight to soak.
- Alcohol-free alternative : If you don’t want to use alcohol such simply switch to orange juice. It adds a delicious zesty flavour to the pudding and doesn’t compromise the texture or taste at all! It’s really delicious with the fruity twist.
- Add cloves : Cloves add a spicy warmth to the pudding, and compliment the mixed spices and fruits perfectly. It’s a great addition!
- Serving the pudding : Christmas pudding is traditionally made on Stir Up Sunday, which is the last Sunday before the season of Advent (26th November 2023), but it can be made up to a month in advance or as little as a few of days beforehand if needed.
- Left over pudding : Any leftover Christmas pudding can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks and can be reheated if needed. Just make sure it’s well wrapped!
- Suet alternative : Traditional Christmas pudding contains suet which obviously isn’t vegan as it’s made from the raw hard fat of animal loins and kidneys. A cruelty-free vegan alternative is Vegetable Fat. I used the brand Trex, but soo many brands have their own vegan friendly vegetable fat so make sure to hunt one down! They’re great for baking treats such as this pudding.