Skinnymixers Christmas Pudding

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Skinnymixer’s Christmas Pudding is a very special recipe shared with our community by our wonderful Mez (Marianne).

Each year Mez makes an incredible number of her famous Christmas Puddings for friends & family – this is her treasured recipe, perfected over many years. The Skinnymixer’s team have been incredibly lucky to be enjoying the puddings for a number of years, but until now the recipe has always been top secret! 

This year Mez is sharing her treasured Christmas Pudding recipe in honour of her best friend Sunny.

This is a free recipe – however we ask if you can donate to the special Memorial Tree Mez has created with the National Breast Cancer Foundation – to help with Breast Cancer Research in honour of Sunny.  

We will let Mez share a little about Sunny xx

A little about my Sunny Bunny

Sunny Bunny & Mez

My beautiful best friend had a name that was perfectly suited to her – Sunny!

When you were around her, she made you smile and laugh. If ever you were out with her, she was a social butterfly and made friends wherever she went, she had a way to make everyone feel special and important (I have so many stories).

Her giggle and her voice were infectious, she made everyone’s day so much brighter for just being herself. She was our Sunny, our ray of light in everyone’s day.

I miss her every single day!

Sunny was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in early 2020, she had a mastectomy and went through Chemo radiation and many tests. Towards the end she kept a lot to herself because for her she was protecting everyone else. I wish I could have supported her more but time, distance and borders were against us. Sunny lost the battle in August of 2021 leaving her two young children without their Mum and husband without his partner and best friend.

Christmas is a time we get to spend with our family and our loved ones and create memories.

I hope you enjoy my Christmas Pudding in honour of my friend Sunny and support the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Memory of my Sunny Bunny!

Love Mez xx

You can read more about the National Breast Cancer Foundation here. All donations are made directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation through the special memorial tree fundraising page – we hope you can help us honour Sunny.

How to make Mez’s Famous Christmas Puddings

To make this recipe you will need to allow 1-4 weeks for the dried fruit and alcohol to soak.

The longer the better! 

The dried fruit ratios can be changed, however these are the exact ratios that have been perfected over the years.

After combining, this dried fruit mixture needs to soak for 1-4 weeks – stirring daily.

If you have some mixed dried fruit to use, you will still need to use the prunes and dates – however most mixed dried fruit has peel in it and Mez finds that it isn’t great in these puddings. The recipe has the exact ratios of each dried fruit that is tried and tested and tested… and tested! 

We recommend keeping the container of fruit in a cool, dark place.

The longer you can soak your fruit the better for the Christmas Puddings. This is a 4 litre sealable container.

When it is time to cook the Christmas Puddings

You will need the following to cook the Christmas Pudding:

  • eggs
  • butter
  • almond meal or breadcrumbs
  • plain flour (gluten-free if required)
  • ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • mixed spice
  • brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • bi-carb soda
  • salt

Demo of how to wrap the pudding

Gluten-free Christmas Pudding

For our celiac Skinnies we have some great news!

This Christmas Pudding recipe works perfectly with gluten-free flour and almond meal. 

You will need to source dried fruit most likely from a health food shop, to avoid the ‘may contain traces’ warning.

To Make as Mini Puddings

  • Mez uses the Avanti Pudding Steamer Mini 250ml Pudding basins, available at most kitchen shops.
Skinnymixers Christmas Pudding

Skinnymixer's Christmas Pudding

5 from 4 votes
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Course: Cake, Guest Recipe, Thermomix
Cuisine: Christmas
Keyword: Dairy Free, Freezer Friendly
Fruit Soaking: 28 days
Servings: 20
Calories: 457kcal


  • 1 2.2 L Pudding Basin or multiple 250ml avanti mini pudding basins
  • calico cloth
  • sealable container


Fruit Mixture

  • 300 g sultanas
  • 200 g raisins
  • 200 g dried currants
  • 150 g dried cranberries
  • 150 g glace cherries - roughly chopped
  • 250 g prunes - roughly chopped
  • 250 g dates - roughly chopped
  • 1 medium green apple - cored, peeled, grated
  • zest of 1 lemon - finely grated
  • 1-2 cup Brandy - or Whisky


  • 3 cup almond meal - or breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp plain flour - gluten-free if required
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp bi-carb soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 190 g butter - cubed
  • ¾ cup brown sugar - or coconut sugar
  • 3 eggs


Preparing Fruit

  • In a large sealable container add all the dried fruit, grated apple, lemon zest and brandy stir to combine. Once combined, take the time to do a quick breast check x
  • Cover and stand for 1 week at minimum or up to 4 weeks ensuring you stir or turn the container each day. Store in a cool, dark place.

To Cook the Christmas Pudding

  • When your fruit mixture is ready - In a medium bowl combine the breadcrumbs, flour, mixed spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, bi-carb and salt. Add fruit mixture and stir until combined.
  • Insert butterfly to mixer bowl. Set timer for 4 min/speed 3. Add butter cube by cube in the first minute.
  • When butter has finished whipping, scrape bowl down and add sugar and whisk for 30 sec/speed 3/MC on.
  • Set timer for 1 min/speed 3 and slowly add 1 egg at a time.
  • Add to fruit mixture, folding through until combined.
  • Grease a 2.2L pudding basin. Add mixture to the basin compacting mixture down especially around the top edges. Cover top with foil with edges overhanging, then add a very large square piece of calico, secure the rim of the basin with string tightly then lift the opposite corners up and tie them into a knot, do the same with the remaining corners (this allows you to easily lift the pudding out of the saucepan).
  • In a large saucepan add water that will only reach no further than just over halfway up the side of the pudding bowl when lowered into the pan. Bring the water to the boil and reduce to a simmer, lower the pudding in and place the lid on. Steam for a minimum of 4 hr checking frequently to see if the water needs to be topped up. If you don’t want such a large pudding you can use smaller basins or ramekins and adjust the steaming time accordingly. Mini puddings take approximately 45-60 min.
  • To serve, untie calico and remove foil and run a knife on the outside edge, put a board or plate on top and turn over, slice as needed. The pudding can be reheated in the microwave as needed.
  • Tip: Feel free to amend the dried fruit you add according to your preferred taste. You can also reduce the breadcrumbs or almond flour up to half and replace with mixed nuts of your choice ie chopped macadamias, pecans or pistachios.
Tried this recipe?Mention @skinnymixer or tag #skinnymixers!


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg

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Skinnymixers Christmas Pudding

  1. 5 stars
    🎄 Having Christmas with my family at dear daughter’s house, I mixed the dry ingredients last night and took the rest of the ingredients down to her place to do the rest.

    I forgot to turn it down to simmer 😳 so we smelled a burning odour, but it wasn’t too late to save the pudding. Same can’t be said about our daughter’s saucer, which we’d raised the pudding basin on in the pot. 😔 To be fair, I did ask her if it was heat proof. 🤷‍♀️

    Pudding was delicious and daughter (who doesn’t eat fruit pudding) said the custard (made on oat milk, non-alcoholic version) was too. 😋

    Half the mix is in the fridge for round two. Definitely worth the effort.

    Gluten-free. ✅️ Dairy-free. ✅️

    Merry Christmas everyone 🎄

    Oh, and Mez, I went and got my mammogram. 🎀

  2. This looks fabulous, thank you for sharing the secret recipe. So sorry to read about the beautiful Sunny, but how lovely that this is in memory of her. Has anyone made this dairy free and had it work? I don’t use margarine but am wondering whether coconut oil may work?

      1. 5 stars
        It absolutely does. I have not used Nuttalex before, as I can have butter, just not dairy in general. I made this today using Nuttalex, as a friend cannot have any dairy at all. It tasted divine and there were no issues cooking it.

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe Megs, I’m the pudding maker in our family and I can’t wait to try Sunny’s thermo recipe! I’ve adapted one over the years, also with prunes but never tried it using the thermo. I didn’t see the facebook live but I know the pain you have gone through loosing Sunny…

  4. I could see last night on the Live how much this means to you Mez. As someone who is going through breast cancer treatment now, I am sitting here in a flood of tears. Your Sunny Bunny would be so proud of you! I don’t know what my outcome will be, but I’m fighting. I have been so sick but I just have to hang in there. Early days in treatment so far, and I know the worst hasn’t come yet, after 2 surgeries and 2 attempts at chemo, the second successful after a piccline was installed. I’m sure the Skinnymixers will support you in your fundraising efforts. Xoxoxo big hugs!

    1. Oh Karen I did struggle through the live as she meant so very much to me and my family. I hope that you can win the battle and stay strong take the help if its offered big hugs xx

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