Plum And Ginger Duff: Traditional Christmas Recipe

Plum And Ginger Duff: Traditional Christmas Recipe.

Plum and ginger duff. This is of course a traditional Christmas recipe; a steamed pudding in the style of a Christmas pudding.

If you have never made a steamed pudding before, it might seem a bit intimidating but it’s really not difficult to make.

You will need string, a 1.5 litre (2½ pint) pudding bowl, greaseproof paper and foil.

Plum and ginger duff.

Plum And Ginger Duff: Traditional Christmas Recipe:

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours

Serves: 6-8


150g self-raising flour

100g candied or crystallised ginger, finely chopped

100g sultanas

100g breadcrumbs

100g dark brown sugar

100g suet (or vegetarian suet)

1 tsp ground mixed spice

½ tsp ground nutmeg

6 South African plums, stones removed, sliced thinly

1 apple, peeled, cored and grated

75ml dark rum

2 eggs, beaten

225ml milk


1.) Mix the flour, ginger, sultanas, breadcrumbs, sugar, suet and spices together. Add the South African plums, grated apple, rum, eggs and milk. Stir thoroughly to mix well.

2.) Generously butter a 1.5 litre (2½ pint) pudding bowl and sprinkle with sugar (this helps it to be lit if you want to set fire on it when serving).

3.) Butter and sugar a piece of greaseproof paper big enough to cover the top of the pudding bowl. Then pour in the batter. Cover the bowl with the greaseproof paper, then a layer of foil. Smooth it down so that it makes a seal. Then tie a string around the lip of the pudding bowl, knot it and make a ‘handle’ by looping the string over to the other side of the bowl then tying it again.

4.) Prepare a saucepan deep and wide enough for the bowl to sit in with a lid that will fit over the top. Place the pudding bowl in the pan and fill halfway up the bowl with hot water. Place on a medium heat and steam the pudding for at least three hours (though you can steam it for up to five hours), checking every so often to make sure the water hasn’t run dry. If the water is getting low, top up with boiling water.

5.) After three hours, remove the bowl from the pan and serve immediately. If you want to keep it until Christmas Day, replace the greaseproof lid and you can add more rum to keep it moist. To reheat, steam it for another hour.

Serve with brandy butter or cream.

Plum And Ginger Duff: Traditional Christmas Recipe

Plum And Ginger Duff: Traditional Christmas Recipe.

Recipe created by Kerstin Rodgers, aka Ms Marmite Lover, award-winning author, blogger and supper club owner.

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  1. Charlotte Blonde B
    29 September 2016 / 11:09

    I sure do adore your photography skills. You have the perfect lighting and setting. And also amazing recipes. So basically an awesome blog!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      30 September 2016 / 09:20

      Thanks Charlotte, this is a guest post with amazing pictures 🙂

  2. Melanie Ed
    24 September 2016 / 15:36

    I've never had anything like that before but it looks delicious.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      27 September 2016 / 08:34

      Thanks for stopping by Melanie 🙂

  3. beautyqueenuk
    24 September 2016 / 09:31

    This has autumn written all over it and it sounds amazing x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      24 September 2016 / 12:41

      Thanks lovely 🙂

  4. Evelina
    23 September 2016 / 20:17

    Yummy! I love everything with plums

    • Clairejustine oxox
      24 September 2016 / 12:41

      Thanks Evelina 🙂

  5. Kara Guppy
    23 September 2016 / 15:24

    Never heard of this before but ti sounds amazing

    • Clairejustine oxox
      24 September 2016 / 12:38

      Thanks Kara 🙂

  6. Stella Olojola
    23 September 2016 / 13:19

    Wow this dessert sounds very tasty. Wish I could make it.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      24 September 2016 / 12:37

      Thanks Stella 🙂

  7. Laura Hartley
    23 September 2016 / 11:51

    I'd never heard of this dessert before but it does look super tasty! Perfect for a cold winter day 🙂

    • Clairejustine oxox
      24 September 2016 / 12:33

      Thanks for stopping by Laura 🙂

  8. Mrs Helicopter Vlogs
    22 September 2016 / 21:28

    OMG this sounds divine. I love recipes with plums. I've not heard of South African plums before. We used to have a Victoria Plum in our garden when i was a kid and I loved it!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      24 September 2016 / 12:31

      Thanks for the comment. I love plums cooked, I think they taste so much better 🙂

  9. Joanna Victoria -x
    22 September 2016 / 20:42

    I've not heard of plum and ginger duff before. Not sure if I'd like it or not as I'm not keen on Christmas pudding/Christmas cake. It does look yummy though.

    • 24 September 2016 / 12:29

      Thanks for the comment Joanna, I not a big fan on Christmas cake/ pudding as there are to many raisins in it for me, I love cooked plums though:)

  10. Dean B
    22 September 2016 / 11:08

    You've just inspired me to give this a go, especially since we have some plums at the moment, although admittedly not South African plums. Will this mean though that I'll have to double the amount of plums since the ones I have are smaller?

    • 24 September 2016 / 12:27

      Hi Dean, I think you will be ok with just a few more plums, not too many 🙂 as long as you have the correct cake-y ingredients..

  11. Tamar SB
    21 September 2016 / 21:56

    Oh ginger is so good in deserts!

  12. Ivana Split
    21 September 2016 / 20:21

    I should give this a try! It looks yummy.