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Tiny Tim’s Plum Pudding

In A Christmas Carol, everyone claps for plum pudding. Our family has made this pudding our own tradition, and it really is something to clap for. —Ruthanne Karel, Hudsonville, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (1-1/2 cups sauce)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) plums, drained, pitted and chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark rum or orange juice


  • Generously grease an 8-cup pudding mold, metal gelatin mold or ovenproof bowl; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, flour, orange zest, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in plums, dates, raisins, carrots and currants.
  • Transfer to prepared pudding mold. Cover tightly with heavy-duty foil; tie foil with kitchen string to secure.
  • Place on a rack in a stockpot; add 3 in. hot water to pot. Bring water to a gentle boil; steam cake, covered, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 2 to 2-1/2 hours, adding more water to pot as needed. Remove pudding from pot; let stand 5 minutes before unmolding.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat hard sauce ingredients until smooth and creamy. Unmold pudding onto a serving plate; serve warm with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice with 2 tablespoons sauce: 550 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 98g carbohydrate (80g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Frank
    Feb 17, 2021

    Shouldn't be any plums in it. Despite the name "plum pudding", the pudding contains no actual plums due to the pre-Victorian use of the word "plums" as a term for raisins.

  • M
    Dec 27, 2020

    It came out great I had some dried chopped dates and some canned dried dates that I used I didn't use canned with the liquid. Other than that the frosting says one quarter cup of dark rum it is very strong tasting. I don't know if I use too much but I mistake but I could barely stand it but other than that maybe cut down the rum it's delicious if you have the time and patience it is a very good traditional treat it's worth the effort.

  • AKEmily
    Jul 18, 2020

    Yummy! This was my first experience with steaming a pudding, so the shape didn't turn out quite right, kind of like making a sandcastle that falls apart, but the cake was delicious anyway. With the hard sauce, I substituted the 1/4 cup rum with 2 tsp of rum extract added to 1/4 cup heavy cream, and it was perfect. My kids all liked it too, which is always a bonus.

  • Thing
    Dec 14, 2019

    This is an amazing recipe. Tastes great and smells amazing.

  • s-chapstick
    Nov 17, 2018

    I've made a very similar recipe

  • Deb
    Dec 7, 2017

    I started making this last Christmas and ended up making it for several events because it was so good. I thought plum pudding would be hard to make but it was easy. The most difficult part was finding currants! The moistness and flavors of this are divine. It quickly became a requested recipe and I love making it!!!

  • joan snow
    Sep 9, 2011

    excellent this is just like my grandmother made 71 years ago

  • chervestad
    Dec 27, 2010

    This was horrible!! Either something is wrong with the recipe or I don't know how to steam pudding. It never set up, just looked like soup. I had to throw all of it away.