Last-minute Christmas pudding

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 2


From The Hairy Bikers' Cook Off


  • butter, for greasing
  • handful fresh breadcumbs
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 4 tsp mincemeat
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar
  • ¼ nutmeg, grated
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 1 tsp stout ale
  • small knob of butter
  • 30g/1oz mixed dried fruit
  • 4 tsp brandy


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7. Grease a small pudding bowl with butter.

  2. Mix all the ingredients, except the brandy, in a bowl until well combined. Spoon the mixture into the pudding bowl, cover with greaseproof paper and cook in the microwave on full power for one minute.

  3. Transfer the pudding to the oven and bake for a further 8-10 minutes.

  4. Prepare a steamer, then steam the puddings for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through.

  5. To serve, turn the pudding out onto a serving plate and pour over the brandy.