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Magical Popping Candy Christmas Pud


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  • 150g soft butter/margarine – plus extra to grease
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs – at room temp – lightly whisked
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 100g blueberries
  • 3 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • Edible golden lustre powder – available online or in cake craft/sugar craft shops
  • 1-3 packs popping candy
  • A pudding basin with a capacity of approx 1 litre capacity.


servings 6
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 15mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Thoroughly and generously grease the inside of your pudding basin and set aside. In another bowl combine the flour and cinnamon and give it a quick whisk (another time-saving exercise for you – it saves sifting).

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar and butter/margarine until soft and fluffy. I find metal spoons easiest for this. Add a tablespoon of the flour mix and the eggs and stir to combine (don’t panic if it looks curdled).

Step 3

Add half of the rest of the flour mix and the 2 tbsp milk. Gently stir to combine and fold in the flour.

Step 4

Add the last half of the flour mix and the blueberries. Again, gently stir to combine.

Step 5

Pour it all into the pudding basin, leveling off the top with the back of a spoon. Cover tightly with microwavable cling film and prick twice with a fork.

Step 6

Set on HIGH for 5 minutes. Then set to MEDIUM HIGH for a further 7 minutes. Let the pudding sit in the microwave for 1-2 minutes after this before removing with gloves. These timings work for a (700 w/category D) microwave. If yours is a different wattage/category, you may need to adjust these timings accordingly. Go with the first 5 minutes on high, and then vary the timings on medium-high – perhaps just 5 minutes further for a higher wattage microwave. You can always test with a skewer and see if the mix comes out clean at the bottom – it’s done.

Light and fruity with a spicy aroma and just a little bit of Christmas magic; a sponge that ‘sparkles’ and pops as you eat it! For children and adults (yes you Hichmam!) who don't like the traditional Crimbo pud.

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