Duchess’s Pudding

Duchess’s Pudding

Preparation time is 20 to 30 minutes, cooking time is 1.5 to 2 hours.

Serves 6


  • 120g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened with some extra for greasing
  • 120g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 2 egg beaten
  • 150g (5oz) self-raising flour
  • 60g (2oz) chopped mixed dried fruit
  • 30g (1oz) glace cherries, chopped
  • 30g (1oz) shelled walnuts, chopped
  • Few drops of almond essence
  • milk to mix
  • custard for serving


  1. Grease a 1.1 litre (2 pint) pudding basin. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  2. Sift in the flour. Add the mixed fruit, cherries, nuts, almond essence and enough milk to produce a soft dropping consistency. Pour into the greased basin, cover with a lid or foil and steam for between 1.5 hours and 2 hours. Turn out and serve with some custard.


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