Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding 2021

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© Mike English – Hearst Owned Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding: A zesty pudding with added richness from the chocolatey twist. Swap the dark chocolate for milk if you prefer a sweeter pudding.

This year’s Christmas pudding is a delicious chocolate orange flavour!

Cooking Notes: plus overnight soaking, cooling and (optional) maturing.

Yields: 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 mins

Process Time: 4 hours 30 mins

Total Time: 4 hours 55 mins

Calories per Serving: 463


  • 100 g


  • 75 g


  • 75 g


  • 175 g

    chopped mixed peel

  • Finely grated zest 2 oranges, plus 50ml orange juice

  • 100 mL


  • Butter, to grease

  • 1 tbsp.

    mixed spice

  • 2 tbsp.

    cocoa powder

  • 150 g

    dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped

  • 2 tsp.

    orange blossom water, optional

  • 125 g

    dark brown soft sugar

  • 50 g

    plain flour

  • 50 g

    fresh white breadcrumbs

  • 2

    medium eggs, beaten

  • 25 g

    vegetarian suet


  1. Mix the dried fruit, mixed peel, orange zest orange juice and Cointreau in a large non-metallic bowl. Cover and leave to soak overnight at room temperature.
  2. Lightly grease a 900ml pudding basin and line base with a disc of baking parchment. Put a 35.5cm square of foil on top of a square of baking parchment the same size. Fold a 4cm pleat across the centre. Set aside.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the soaked fruit; mix well. Spoon into prepared basin, pressing down to level. Put pleated foil and parchment square (foil-side up) on top of the basin and smooth down to cover. Using a long piece of string, tie securely under the lip of the basin and loop over top, then tie to make a handle.
  4. To cook, put a heatproof saucer in the base of a large, deep pan that has a tight-fitting lid. Lower in the prepared pudding and pour in enough water to come halfway up sides of basin, taking care not to get any on top of pudding. Cover pan with the lid, bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 41/2hr, checking the water level and topping up as necessary.
  5. Carefully remove pudding from the pan; cool completely. Wrap basin, still with its foil lid, in several layers of clingfilm, followed by a layer of foil. Store in a cool, dark place to mature for up to 2 months.
  6. To reheat, remove foil and clingfilm, as well as the lid. Re-cover as per instructions in steps 2 and 3. Following method in step 4, reheat for 2hr, or until piping hot in centre when pierced with skewer. Remove from pan and allow to sit for 5min. Carefully remove lid and invert on to a cake stand or serving plate. Peel off baking parchment and serve.

GH Tip:

To flame the pudding, heat 50ml fresh Cointreau or brandy in a small pan. Warm gently, then carefully light the alcohol using a gas lighter or long match and slowly pour over the pudding.

Per serving:

  • Calories: 463
  • Protein: 6g
  • Total fat: 11g
  • Saturates: 6g
  • Carbs: 76g
  • Total sugars: 61g
  • Fibre: 3g
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