With Christmas around the corner, everybody needs great recipes to make for the big feast. You have to keep refreshing the menu every year or people will think you have lost your edge. So, if you are thinking of making a delicious dessert this Christmas, I suggest you go with Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas pudding recipe.
The pudding is not the one your next-door neighbor makes. It’s elegant and has intense flavors; citrus and Christmasy goodness. The pudding has a lot of dried fruits and dates. You’ll also find zest of lemon and orange in there along with the mixed peel. If you don’t know what mixed peel is, let me save you the time for yet another Google search. It’s a mixture of candied lemon and orange peels and gives a great and intense flavor to the pudding.
This recipe is actually from Gordon Ramsay’s mother. But he has polished the recipe and made it his own. The Christmas flavors come from the ground spices in the pudding, it’s kind of non-negotiable. Another surprise, this pudding is not baked but steamed. Yes, you heard right! You can serve this amazing pudding with butterscotch sauce.
If you want to tone down its sweetness, you can also serve it with whipped cream. Let’s quickly go to the complete recipe for Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas pudding below. But before you check it out, explore the other Gordon Ramsay’s recipes.
- Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cake
- Gordon Ramsay’s Mince Pies
- Gordon Ramsay’s Bread And Butter Pudding
- Gordon Ramsay’s Apple Crumble
- Gordon Ramsay Coconut Pancakes
- Gordon Ramsay Chocolate Tarts
- Gordon Ramsay Trifle
- Gordon Ramsay Lemon Tart
- Gordon Ramsay Pan Cotta
- Gordon Ramsay Ice Cream
What Equipment Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Pudding?
- Large Bowls- You’ll need bowls for storing and mixing the ingredients.
- Pudding Basin- A pudding basin is traditionally used when you have to make steamed puddings. It is usually made with glazed earthenware or tempered glass.
- Foil and Grease-proof Paper- Use this duo to cover the pudding basin when steaming it.
- Saucepan- Add water to the saucepan and place the basin in the saucepan, you know, for steaming.
- Heatproof Saucer- To make sure the pudding doesn’t burn, the basin shouldn’t touch the base of the saucepan. Put the saucer in first and place the basin over it.
- Grater, Spoon, Spatula, and Knife- You’ll need the grater to grate the zest and butter. The spoon is used to spoon the mixture and also for mixing stuff. The spatula serves a similar purpose to the spoon; mixing. The knife, quite evidently, is used for chopping and cutting.
How Much Time Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Pudding?
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What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Pudding?
- Self-Rising Flour and Fresh White Breadcrumbs- These are the ingredients that give structure to the pudding.
- Bramley Apples- Bramley apples add a factor of sourness to the pudding rather than making it sweet. The apples give the pudding a subtle tart and tangy flavor.
- Butter- Add the butter to the pudding to make it richer and keep some aside for greasing purposes.
- Dark Muscovado Sugar- Gordon Ramsay uses muscovado sugar for his Christmas pudding recipe. This unrefined dark cane sugar is said to be the ‘real’ brown sugar. The sugar’s flavor can be described as deep-roasted. It is, in fact, healthier than your table sugar.
- Dried Fruits (Raisins, Sultanas, Currants, and Dates)- Add the dry fruits to the pudding to make it yum yum (inner child typing…).
- Mixed Peel- As I mentioned, if you didn’t skip, you’d know the mixed peel is a mixture of candied lemon and orange peels.
- Zest of Lemon and Orange- The zest adds a freshness to the pudding.
- Eggs- You’ll need beaten eggs to bind the pudding and also to keep it moist.
- Guinness- Add a little bit of Guinness beer to the mix to add slight bitterness and nuttiness to the pudding.
- Ground Spices (Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Nutmeg)- These are the Christmas flavors I was talking about.
Steps To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Pudding
1. Fruit Sleepover
Take a large bowl and add the apples and dry fruits to it. Pour some Guinness beer over them and then add the orange and lemon zest to it. Stir this mixture, cover it, and leave it overnight to soak.
2. The Next Day
When you wake up the next day and are ready to make the pudding, start by greasing the pudding basin with butter. After that, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of muscovado sugar in it. Tilt and rotate the basin so that the inner side of it gets evenly covered with sugar.
3. Making The Pudding Mixture
Take another large bowl and mix flour, breadcrumbs, and sugar in it. Also, add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to it and mix. This will give the pudding all the Christmassy feels. Then, grate the cold butter and add it to this dry mixture.
Also, add beaten eggs and the fruit mixture to it and mix until everything is combined. Then, spoon this pudding mixture into the prepped basin.
Pro-tip: Make sure you level the top or else the pudding will be a bit wobbly.
4. Cover Up The Scene
Now, butter the grease-proof paper with butter and top it with foil. Cover the basin with it tightly.
Then, place the saucer in the saucepan (sounds funny!) and top it with the basin. Pour just-boiled water into the saucepan until the basin is half covered. Cover the saucepan with a lid and place on simmer for about 6 hours. Keep adding water when you feel the need to.
5. The Pudding’s Out
Take the pudding out, let it cool down a bit, and serve it butterscotch sauce or whipped cream, your choice. If you want to store it, cover it with foil, and refrigerate it. Then, you can reheat it by steaming it for another hour when you want to serve it.
How Will Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Pudding Look And Taste Like?
The pudding tastes like citrus and Christmas. I know I have used this line before but I can’t find a better way to describe it. Each ingredient adds a unique flavor to it. The sugar makes it sweet and gives it a roasted flavor. The zest and the mixe peels give the pudding a very intense citrus flavor and aroma that also adds a kind of freshness to it. You can taste the dry fruits in almost every bite. The ground spices give it a sweet and earthy fragrance and taste. The breadcrumbs give it a crumbly texture. The pudding leans more to the sweet and sour side, which I love. You should definitely try the recipe for Christmas pudding by Gordon Ramsay.
Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Pudding Recipe
- 50 g Self-Rising Flour
- 125 g Bramley Apples (peeled, finely chopped)
- 100 g Cold Butter (plus some more for greasing)
- 100 g Fresh White Breadcrumbs
- 100 g Dark Muscovado Sugar
- 140 g Raisins
- 140 g Sultanas
- 140 g Currants
- 140 g Dates (chopped)
- 50 g Mixed Peel
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- Zest of 1 Orange
- 2 Eggs (beaten)
- 250 ml Guinness
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
- ½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- In a large bowl, add the apples, raisins, currants, sultanas, and dates. Pour some Guinness over them and then add the orange and lemon zest to it. Stir this mixture, cover it, and leave it overnight.
- Then, grease the pudding basin with butter. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the muscovado sugar in it. Tilt and rotate the basin so that the inner side of it gets evenly covered with sugar.
- Take another large bowl and mix flour, breadcrumbs, and sugar in it. Also, add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to it and mix.
- Grate the cold butter and add it to this dry mixture. After that, add beaten eggs and the fruit mixture to it as well and mix until everything is combined.
- Then, spoon this pudding mixture into the prepped basin. Make sure you level the top or else the pudding will be a bit wobbly.
- Butter the grease-proof paper with butter and top it with foil. Cover the basin with it tightly.
- Then, place the saucer in the saucepan and top it with the basin. Pour just-boiled water into the saucepan until the basin is half covered.
- Cover the saucepan with a lid and place on simmer for about 6 hours. Keep adding water when you feel the need to.
- Take the pudding out, let it cool down a bit, and serve.
- If you want to store it, cover it with foil. Then, you can reheat it by steaming it for another hour.
Now, you have another great dessert recipe for your Christmas dinner. Tell me in the comments if Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas pudding was hit for you or miss. I am also welcome any recipe and food-related suggestions. Fill the comments with any ideas you would like to share with us. Thank you and happy cooking!