Christmas pudding is the star at the end of Christmas lunch or dinner. The entrance alone, with the flaming dome, just seems to encapsulate all that is festive. To make sure your pudding flames, it is recommended you warm up the brandy or cognac slightly before pouring it. Otherwise, you might get a damp pud!
Here are our suggestions for the best Christmas puddings for 2019:
Made with plump Turkish sultanas, flame raisins, brandy-soaked cherries and doused in port, this Christmas pudding also has a sweet caramel flavour that is really unusual which our testers loved.
This is an exclusive recipe to M&S and includes matured vine fruits soaked in brandy, cognac and stout for a richer flavour. Best of all, it cooks in the microwave in 6 minutes.
You get a real marzipan kick with this Christmas pudding, all thanks to the addition of Amaretto. This Christmas pudding is made with plump dried fruit, rum and brandy and topped with black, red and blonde cherries and whole almonds.
One for the traditionalists here. A boozy, nutty, spicy pudding packed full of vine fruits, including cherries. Be careful you don’t go over the cooking time on this one, it can turn out to be a tad dry.
This is a great choice for those who prefer a lighter Christmas pudding as it is made with cider as well as cognac and brandy. There are tons of vine fruits and a lovely crunch from added nuts.
An ideal pudding for a small family or for those who are offering a choice and only a couple of their guests want a traditional Christmas pudding. This one has lots of spices and a lovely boozy kick and is packed with juicy plump vine fruits. It is also quite citrusy thanks to the addition of lemon and orange peel.
If you like your puddings rich, dense, packed with boozy-soaked sultanas and raisins, then you will love this handmade one from Aldi. It is a little more expensive than some other supermarkets but the flavour is intense.