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Elaine's Christmas Pudding

Category: food

At first glance, Elaine, the fearless leader of the cleaning crew at Stockland Traralgon may not seem like a cook. But much to many local's surprise, her baking skills are second to none. “At Christmas, I make my own shortbreads and rumballs and present them in small gift bags for colleges, teachers and sporting coaches” explains Elaine. “But my specialty is my Christmas pudding”. Get all the details below!


  • Serves: 6
  • Time needed: ½ hour prep, 2 hours cooking
  • Difficulty Medium


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup mixed fruit
  • 1 cup of strong black tea
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  • Step 1

    Sift the self-rising flour, plain flour and mixed spice together into a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingertips and gently combine. Be careful not to work the mixture too much – it should stay slightly crumbly.

  • Step 3

    Slowly add in the sugar, bread crumbs and mixed fruit and continue to combine.

  • Step 4

    In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda into the black tea.

  • Step 5

    Pour the black tea into the mixture and gently combine all ingredients to form a dough.

  • Step 6

    Place the dough into a pudding bowl steamer and boil for 2 hours and serve fresh.

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