This rich pudding is a delicious holiday tradition throughout Bermuda. Filled with cherries, candied citrus peel, raisins and spices, the pudding is traditionally served as dessert on Christmas Day. Doused in brandy or rum, which is set alight, the pudding is ceremoniously brought to the table flaming from the glow of a hot blue flame of burning alcohol.
Many households have their own recipe for Christmas pudding. Some family recipes are handed down through generations and are a closely guarded secret. Commonly, coins are hidden in the pudding mixture as a token. The person who finds the coin in their serving of pudding is believed to be the recipient of wealth in the coming year!
- 1-½ cups shortening
- 1-½ cups brown sugar
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 5 cups bread crumbs
- 1 box seedless raisins
- 2 cups mixed peel
- ½ cup cherries
- 2 cups rum
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. Dri Pak salt
- 1 tbsp. McCormick Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. McCormick Ground Nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. McCormick Allspice
- ¼ tsp. McCormick Ground Cloves
- Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten eggs and all other ingredients. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into pudding mold.
- Place the pudding in a steamer set over a saucepan of simmering water and steam the pudding for 6 hours. Check often to make sure the water does not dry out.