Best Thermomix Christmas Pudding Recipe

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Nothing is more decadent and homely than a traditional, homemade Christmas pudding.  This recipe was originally my grandmothers.  I’ve kept the ingredients the same but converted the method to utilise the Varoma for steaming.  This is now a totally simple, fuss-free Thermomix Christmas pudding recipe.

Traditional Thermomix Christmas pudding on a light Christmas background

After years of using my nans Christmas pudding recipe each year for our family Christmas lunch, I decided it was time for a change.  Nan’s Christmas pudding was always delicious but it was a definite labour of love!!

Nan’s method required the pudding to be boiled for more than 3 hours in pre-soaked unbleached calico.  After years of boiling the pudding in the height of summer, I was ready to try a new method. The traditional method is very unforgiving I have almost boiled the pot dry at times and there’s always the fear of the water may coming off the boil and spoiling the pudding.  I knew there had to be an easier way!

Using the Thermomix Varoma to steam the pudding in a basin almost feels like cheating! It is so easy!! Best of all, this method gives a lovely moist, fruity, dense pudding with no chance of the pudding sticking to the calico cloth.

So if you want a traditional Christmas pudding, without all the fuss and bother, nan and I have you covered with this Thermomix Christmas pudding recipe.

Traditional Thermomix Christmas Pudding Hints

Can you halve the recipe?

The recipe makes a 2 litre Christmas Pudding, however, the Varoma will only fit a one-litre pudding steamer. You can choose to halve the recipe if you only need a pudding for 4-6 people. Halving the recipe will have no impact on any cooking times.

I chose to make the full quantity and steam two, 1-litre puddings. We only needed one pudding for our Christmas lunch but this gave me a spare pudding to take to hubby’s family later in the week.

How long should the dried fruit soak?

The dried fruit is best soaked for as long as possible. Between one month and three months seems to a be the normal amount of time for soaking fruit. This allows the fruit to absorb the alcohol, soften and become plump. However, if you happen to forget to soak your fruit make sure it gets an overnight soal at the minimum.  

What if I forget about the fruit? 

Have you forgotten about you fruit soaking in booze? I once found fruit soaking in the pantry more than six months after Christmas! Don’t worry about it at all. Give it a stir, add another 80ml of fruit and leave it for next years pudding. As long as the soaking fruit is covered in an airtight container and gets stirred occasionally the fruit will be fine. 

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How is the Pudding Cooked

I’ve used a one-litre pudding basin with a fixed lid to cook this pudding. Using a pudding basin ensures that no water will get into the pudding and ruin the result.  The basin is non-stick so it also makes removing the finished dessert super easy!

portrait image of steamed Thermomix Christmas pudding on light background.

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portrait image of steamed Thermomix Christmas pudding on light background.

Traditional Thermomix Christmas Pudding

Julie Carlyle
Traditional Thermomix Christmas pudding. This is my nan's recipe, decadent, dense & converted for the Thermomix, its easy to make the perfect Xmas pudding. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 1 min
Soaking fruit 1 d
Total Time 1 d 2 hrs 16 mins
Course Christmas, Dessert
Cuisine American, Australian, English
Servings 10 serves
Calories 556 kcal


  • Thermomix
  • 1-litre Pudding Basin


  • 50 g dried apricots
  • 150 g dates seeds removed
  • 100 g dried figs
  • 700 g dried mixed fruit
  • 150 g currants
  • 120 g brandy
  • 130 g butter
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup SR flour
  • 30 g Bourbon or Grand Marnier depending on preference
  • 3 eggs *use two eggs if halving the recipe


Soaking the Fruit

  • Place apricot, dates and figs in TM Bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Add mixed fruit, currants and brandy to the apricot mixture. Combine 2 min/Speed 1 (Reverse Blade)
  • Transfer fruit to an airtight, non-reactive container. Store at room temperature overnight or until you are ready to prepare the pudding.

Preparing the Pudding

  • Transfer the soaked fruit to a large mixing bowl add egg and extra bourbon (or Grand Marnier) and stir through with a wooden spoon.
  • Add butter, sugar and spices to a bowl and microwave until the butter has melted. Reserve
  • Add the flours to the fruit and pour the butter over the flour. Combine by hand.
  • Divide the mixture between two 1 litre pudding basins.

Steaming the Pudding

  • Place 1000g water in the TM bowl. Stack the Varoma on the TM lid.
  • Place one of the puddings in the Varoma. Cook 90 min/Varoma/Speed 2.
  • Add hot tap water to the 1litre mark. Cook 60 min/Varoma/Speed 2.
  • Remove the first pudding and reserve.
  • Add enough hot water to bring it up to the 1litre mark. Place the second pudding in the Varoma. Cook 90min/Varoma/Speed 2.
  • Add hot tap water to the 1litre mark. Cook 60 min/Varoma/Speed 2.
  • Remove the second pudding and refrigerate until required or serve hot immediately.


It really is no harder to make two puddings as the preparation time is exactly the same. 
NOTE: Make sure the puddings are cooked with the lid on the steaming basin. I like to store the final pudding in the basin so that it is easily re-steamed to heat it for Christmas lunch.
REHEATING: Remove the pudding from the fridge and bring to room temperature.
To reheat the pudding add 500g water to the TM Bowl.
Place the Varoma on the TM and the pudding in the Varoma. Heat 30min/Varoma/Speed 2.
This recipe uses a one-litre pudding basin which fits inside the Varoma. This can be found at the mix-it shop.


Calories: 556kcalCarbohydrates: 104gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 895mgFiber: 11gSugar: 70gVitamin A: 594IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Christmas Cooking, Christmas Dinner, Christmas Pudding, Steamed Pudding, Thermomix
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8 thoughts on “Best Thermomix Christmas Pudding Recipe”

  1. Janine Benness says:

    Would this recipe work with gluten free flour?

    1. Hi Janine
      I haven’t tried it with GF flour but I do think it would work.
      Please let me know how you go.

  2. Amy says:

    I have a TM Essentials V-stacker which increases the height of the Varoma to accomodate a 2L pudding tin. What cook time would you recommend for the full 2L recipe cooking at once in one 2L tin? Many thanks!!

    1. Hi Amy
      I haven’t tried using the V Stacker.
      I don’t think it would take much longer. You would probably increase the time by 20 minutes and rotate the puddings half way through.
      Please let me know what you discover. I would love to update the recipe xx
      Happy Cooking

  3. Casey says:

    What would be the best thing to store this in for gifts? I’m thinking of wrapping it in cloth? Maybe glad wrap or foil first?

    1. Hi Casey
      It would be best to wrap the pudding in foil and then in cloth. It would look beautiful tied with a ribbon.

  4. Lynette Trotter says:

    Do you not put the lid on the varoma steamer as it would not fit over my pudding steamer

    1. Hi Lynette
      The 1 litre pudding basin from the Mix shop will fit in the varoma perfectly with the lid on. The lid will need to be in place for steaming.

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