20 December 2013

Alternative Christmas Pudding Recipe

Alternative Christmas Pudding Recipe from BBC Good Food
So when everyone around table is stuffed full of delicious turkey and roast potatoes, it is time for Christmas Pudding! The is no way to avoid it, Christmas Pudding is a crucial part of the Christmas day dinner!

If you are feeling in a baking mood this Christmas, why not try this amazing recipe for an alternative Christmas Pudding. It sounds so tasty and is a perfect alternative to those who are not big fans of the traditional Christmas Pud.

It is a delicious sounding combination of carrot cake and sticky toffee pudding. Topped with a succulent walnut toffee sauce. We're drooling already!

Sticky Toffee Christmas Pudding Recipe 


  • 200g ready-to-eat stoned dates
  • 100g walnuts
  • 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated in the food processor
  • 1 dessert apple, peeled, cored and coarsely grated in the food processor
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 tbsp brandy
  • 100g cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 170g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the walnut toffee sauce

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 25g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 100g butter
  • 6 tbsp double cream


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Blitz the dates in a food processor until chopped a little, then add the walnuts, carrot, apple, golden syrup and brandy. Pulse a few times until coarsely chopped, but still chunky. Tip in the butter, eggs and sugar and pulse a few times to combine. Finally, add the flour and bicarbonate soda, and keep tapping the pulse button just until everything comes together. Butter and line the base of a 1.5-litre pudding basin with greaseproof paper. Tip the mix in, smooth the top and bake for 1 hr 20 mins –1 hr 30 mins or until a skewer inserted into the pudding comes out almost clean.
  2. To make the sauce, tip the sugar into a frying pan and put over a medium heat. Cook until bubbling and golden. Swirl in the walnuts and, when completely coated, use a slotted spoon to lift them out onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Leave to harden; this is the praline. Carefully add the butter and cream to the caramel residue in the pan, return to the heat, bring to a simmer and stir together to make a toffee sauce.
  3. To serve, break the praline into shards. Turn out the pudding, spoon over some sauce and decorate with the praline. Serve with the remaining sauce.

And that is it! Sounds easy right? 

Pick up a set of Pudding Basins from Flingers in time for Christmas and we're sure you wont regret it! Our recyclable aluminium pudding cases come in two sizes, a set of 4 1lbs basins or a set of 2lbs basins. (Remember to adjust cooking times accordingly.)

These sets have lids included for each basin and are only £1.39.

Whilst you are in store check out the rest of our Christmas Cookware to make sure you have all you will need for the big day! Why not pick up some cake decorations to adorn the top of your Pudding for extra wow-factor? These Dragee Cake Balls in silver and gold would be perfect to add some festive glitz to your alternative Christmas Pudding!

We want to wish you a Merry Christmas from all at Flingers Party Shop! 

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