Christmas Pudding Recipes Worth Celebrating
Although it’s a British tradition, Christmas pudding is a concept we can get used to. Historically, it’s said that it was introduced by Prince Albert in the Victorian era. Much like the fruitcakes we know and love in the South, traditional Christmas pudding recipes include dried fruits and warm spices. Also called figgy pudding or plum pudding (hence the fruit ingredients), it doesn’t resemble the creamy version that comes to mind when you hear the word. Instead, Christmas pudding is more of a cake, which is actually steamed instead of baked in the oven. Traditionally, it is made on “Stir Up Day,” the Sunday before advent. Every member of the house must take a turn stirring the recipe, while making a wish for the coming year while doing so. Some families include a silver sixpence in the recipe for good luck. Traditional recipes are true labors of love, because they require ample resting and steaming time. These recipes are true make-ahead desserts that are filled with tradition and history.
We have good news, though. If you’re not into fruitcake, British tradition, or steaming a cake for hours on end, we also gathered some of our favorite American pudding recipes. From festive gingerbread to flavorful coconut to the classic chocolate, pudding recipes can take any form you like. Whether you go traditional or try something new, the whole family will be happy if you include a pudding in the dessert lineup.
Mary Berry’s Christmas Pudding
Recipe: Chocolate-Buttermilk Pudding
Make this classic pudding the day before your event and let it chill overnight in the fridge.
Holiday Gingerbread Pudding
Recipe: Holiday Gingerbread Pudding
Your guests won’t believe this festive dessert came together entirely in your slow cooker.
Café Brûlot Bread Pudding
Recipe: Café Brûlot Bread Pudding
Coffee lovers, here’s the dessert you can serve at every luncheon this season.
Raspberry Panna Cotta
Recipe: Raspberry Panna Cotta
Garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary, this red and white dessert is ideal for Christmastime.
Recipe: Coconut Pudding
Dreaming of a white Christmas? This snowy dessert will look beautiful on your table.
Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding
Recipe: Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding
If you find yourself with ripe bananas this holiday season, make this incredible pudding instead of banana bread.
Spiced Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding
Caramel and apple are one of our favorite flavor combinations for fall and winter, and this bread pudding showcases them both perfectly.
Traditional Christmas Pudding
Recipe: Traditional Christmas Pudding
With this traditional Christmas pudding recipe, your family will have plenty of good luck in the new year.
Berry Bread Pudding
Recipe: Berry Bread Pudding
The luscious raspberry sauce that tops this bread pudding recipe will look festive for Christmas.
Lemony Rice Pudding with Figs and Saba
This beautiful recipe puts tired “figgy pudding” to shame.
Caramel-Pecan-Pumpkin Bread Puddings
We can’t think of a recipe that combines more of our favorite flavors for the holidays.
Café Con Leche Custard Cups
Recipe: Café Con Leche Custard Cups
You can make this recipe a day ahead to lighten your load on the day you’re hosting.
Praline Bread Pudding
Recipe: Praline Bread Pudding
You’ll want to eat the decadent praline sauce with a spoon, and we don’t blame you.
Banana Brownie Sticky Toffee Puddings
To be so pretty and delicious, this recipe has a surprisingly short ingredient list. Bonus: The sauce is delicious atop ice cream, so save any extra you have.
White Chocolate Panna Cotta With Dark Chocolate Sauce
This creamy dessert will look beautiful on your holiday table, and it can be made a day in advance.
The Best Christmas Pudding
Recipe: The Best Christmas Pudding
This traditional Christmas pudding recipe needs to be made ahead, which will save you time on the day you serve it.
Creole Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Celebrate a Creole Christmas with this boozy bread pudding that’s to die for.
Recipe: Chocolate Pudding
This easy, crowd-pleasing chocolate pudding recipe has two twists you can try this season—chocolate-espresso and raspberry-chocolate.
Apple Bread Pudding
Recipe: Apple Bread Pudding
Cinnamon-raisin bread is the base for this pretty holiday dessert.
Buttermilk Panna Cotta With Zinfandel-Poached Figs
Figs are perfect for the holidays, and this creamy panna cotta is beautiful for parties. Bonus: It can be made up to two weeks in advance.
Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread Pudding with Apple Brandy-Caramel Sauce
Use one loaf of Pumpkin-Honey-Beer Bread for the bread pudding, and give another as a hostess gift.
Cornbread Pudding with Whiskey Caramel
Brown Butter Gingerbread Figgy Puddings
These beautiful mini figgy puddings are topped with an indulgent brown butter glaze.