Nana's Christmas Pudding

Nancy Maher's Recipe

Áine Doherty Maher

Christmas Pudding
Áine Doherty Maher
Nana's Recipe
B. Doherty 2018
Ingredients for Christmas pudding
B. Doherty 2018

Carra, Bullaun, Loughrea


3 or 4 packets of raisins/sultanas/mixed fruit

4oz Breadcrumbs

4oz flour

6 oz brown sugar

6oz margarine

1 teaspoon cinamon

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1/2 box cherries (optional)

Juice of 1/2 lemon and lemon peel grated

Juice 1/2 orange and orange peel grated

1 carrot, grated

1 apple, peeled and grated

3 tablespoons of treacle, brandy whiskey.


Soak the fruit overnight in whiskey/brandy.

Heat treacle with brandy in a cup. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Rub through margarine with fingertips. Add the wet ingredients. Mix through, letting everyone in the house have a stir. Empty ingredients into the greased bowls. Cover with tinfoil and tighten with string. Steam for as long you can (Minimum 6 hours). On day of serving, steam again as long you can! Serve with brandy butter/ fresh cream.

I.C.A New Inn

Nancy Maher was a founding member of the I.C.A in New Inn. This recipe was written down one Christmas while we helped her make Christmas puddings. The recipe (written on cardboard from a pack of Christmas cards) is pulled out of the drawer each year. Nancy helped us in making the puddings every year and made the brandy butter to accompany it on Christmas day. These can be made well in advance of Christmas, and have been known to be eaten at Easter, and the following Christmas too!!

This page was added on 02/12/2018.

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  • Yummy…..Our mother Christina (Chris) Donohoe (New Inn) would pour a dram of brandy on it each week to keep it moist in a sealed container….

    By Noel O Donohoe (20/11/2020)

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