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Perfect Plum Duff

A long lost relative of the classic spotted dick, this pudding is deliciously spiced and fruity.


  • 110g self raising flour
  • 110g shredded suet
  • 110 g currants
  • 110g sultanas
  • 110g bread crumbs
  • 110g dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 250g chopped stone-less plums
  • 1/2 medium bramley apple, peeled, cored and chopped.
  • Juice & zest of 1 orange
  • 4 tbsp dark rum
  • 225ml milk
  • 2 large eggs

Step 1

Butter the inside of the pudding basin. Mix the flour, suet, currants, sultanas, bread crumbs, mixed spice, nutmeg and sugar in a bowl. Add the chopped plums, apple, orange juice and zest, rum and eggs and mix together well. Add the milk gradually and stir well. Keep adding milk until the mixture drops easily from the spoon when lifted from the bowl. Then spoon the mixture into the buttered pudding basin.

Step 2

Create a lid to cover the basin (see how to steam a perfect pudding) using foil and greaseproof paper, forming a pleat in both the paper and the foil. Tie in place and create a handle, before placing the pudding basin in a steamer or lidded pan. Ensure that the water level inside the pan reaches half way up the basin. Steam for 3 hours. Remember to check the steamer after 30 minutes to ensure that it doesn't boil dry, ensuring that the water level is always above one quarter of the way up the basin.

Step 3

Once steamed, lift out the pudding and remove the foil and paper. Always use oven gloves when handling a hot pudding basin. Loosen the pudding all round using a palette knife then remove the pudding onto a plate (the best technique is to place a large plate on top of the pudding and invert it, shaking it gently).

Step 4

Serve with custard or double cream.

View Table of Bowl Sizes
Size Diameter Inches Litres Fl oz [UK] Fl oz [US] Pints [UK] Pints [US]
18 22cm 8.5 2.5lt 88 84 4.4 5.2
24 20cm 7.5 1.75lt 62 59 3.1 3.7
30 17cm 6.5 1lt 35 33 1.8 2.1
36 16cm 6.0 900ml 32 30 1.6 1.9
42 14cm 5.5 650ml 23 22 1.1 1.3
48 12.5cm 4.5 400ml 14 13 0.7 0.8
54 11.5cm 4.0 250ml 9 8 0.4 0.48