Pressure Cooker Christmas Pudding

Pressure Cooker Christmas Pudding

1 December 2023

This spiced Christmas pudding is the perfect dessert to end your Christmas feast with and using a pressure cooker to create your traditional pud makes the cooking process so much faster! Cater to your favourite flavours by varying the mixed fruit, spices and alcohol. Learn how to steam a Christmas pudding and how to store Christmas pudding for the perfect Christmas dessert with this simple, yet delicious recipe.
  • Christmas
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Makes a 625g pudding

Preparation Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

2 hours 25 minutes


50g (2 oz) currants

50g (2 oz) raisins

50g (2 oz) sultanas

50g (2 oz) mixed peel

25g (1 oz) blanched almonds - chopped

1 x 5ml (1 tsp) mixed spice

25g (1 oz) plain flour

a pinch of salt

50g (2 oz) fine breadcrumbs

50g (2 oz) brown sugar

50g (2 oz) shredded suet

the grated rind of 1 lemon

1 x 15 ml (1 tbsp) black treacle

1 egg

1 x 7.5ml (1/2 tbsp) brandy

1 x 7.5ml (1/2 tbsp) rum

a little milk


1Clean and pick over the fruit.

2 Sieve together the spices, flour and salt, add all the dry ingredients and stir well.

3 Mix in the beaten eggs, brandy, rum, treacle and sufficient milk to give a soft clinging mixture.

4 Put the mixture into a greased 0.55 litre (1 pt) pudding basin leaving at least 2.5cm (1 inch) head space.

5 Cover with a triple layer of greaseproof paper or a layer of greaseproof tied securely with string and covered with foil. With 1.25 litres of water in the cooker, add the pudding to the pressure cooker, close the lid and steam for 18 minutes. Bring to 12lb pressure and cook for 1 hour and 56 minutes.

6 Release the pressure slowly and open the lid.

7 Remove the pudding from the bowl, turn upside down, let cool and decorate before serving.

8 To store your Christmas pudding, leave in the pudding bowl that the pudding was steamed in with a piece of baking parchment and lid over the top. You can also wrap this in clingfilm to keep the bowl sealed and even leave this on when steaming again later. For best results, store the bowl in a cool climate, away from direct heat and light.

The Christmas Pudding can be cooked in china, heatproof glass, stainless steel, boilable plastic, aluminum or foil basins. If you use aluminium or foil basins line them first with greased greaseproof paper, otherwise the acid from the fruit may attack the surface of the basins when the pudding is stored.

This Christmas Pudding recipe can be varied by exchanging the lemon rind for orange, varying the mixed fruit, or using your favourite alcohol! 


You can also vary the size of your pudding, but if you do, you'll want to change the cooking times as follows:

Pressure Cooker Cooking Times for Christmas Puddings

 Weight of mixture Amount of water Steaming time Cooking time Reheating time
150g (6 oz) 850ml (1 1/2 pints) 12 mins 1 hr 12 mins
625g (1lb 6oz) 1.25 litres (1 1/2 pints) 18 mins 1 hr 56 mins 24 mins
800g (1 lb 12 oz) 1.5 litres (3 pints) 24 minutes 2 hours 24 minutes 36 minutes
1.5kg (3 lbs) 1.75 litres (31/2 pints) 36 minutes 3 hours 36 minutes


To reheat bought Christmas puddings, use the reheating times as given for the particular weight, with 750ml (11/4 pts) boiling water in the cooker. Remember to use a little lemon juice in an aluminium cooker. Steaming is not required when reheating a pudding.


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