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Hey everyone! This week for Sunday Supper the theme is holiday music and movie inspired dishes. I love the feeling of being with friends and family during the holidays, and I enjoy showing my love for them through the food we cook and eat together.

Growing up I loved watching the Muppets (enough so that I got way to excited a few years ago when the Muppets made a comeback). I always loved watching a Muppet Christmas Carol, which inspired me to do a traditional British dessert, plum pudding. I know that it may sound a bit odd, but what plum pudding truly is gets lost in translation a bit. Plum pudding has more of a cake rather than pudding consistency, and in Britain plum means any type of raisin-like fruit. Traditionally the cake is steamed by using equipment to steam the cake in a pot containing steamy water. I don’t have the equipment myself to do this, so I like to bake mine in the oven in a water bath. A water bath is a method of baking where a cake pan or ramekin are placed into a larger deep pan that contains water. The concept is the water bakes the cake more consistently and provides some steam in the oven.

So please check out my recipe below, and be sure to check out everyone else’s recipes in the list below. Be sure to join us on Twitter this evening at 7pm EST for a #SundaySupper twitter chat!

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Festive Main Dishes
Maple Syrup Spaghetti– Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s MealsWho Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”girlichefGinger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”Sue’s Nutrition BuzzNY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” Small Wallet, Big AppetiteClassic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause”The Little Ferraro KitchenIndividuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies – Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Story”The Not So Cheesy KitchenChristmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration”Curious CuisiniereFilthy Animal Pizza Inspired by the movie “Home Alone”Foxes Love LemonsChicken Orzo Soup Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” Family FoodieBrandied Candied Sweet Potatoes Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet Holiday Treats:
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Cozy Drinks:
Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”Chocolate MooseyThe Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf”An Appealing PlanEggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” Peanut Butter and PeppersVermont Hot Cocoa Inspired by the movie “White Christmas”Kudos Kitchen By ReneeSpiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “NeighborFood

Baked Plum Pudding

Prep Time – 1 hour
Bake Time – 40 minutes

1 1/2 lb raisins, diced
1 lb currants, diced
1 cup thinly sliced orange
1 cup candied lemon or orange peel
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 lb suet, chopped
1 cup, 2 tbsp brandy
1/2 lb walnuts, chopped
1 1/4 lb ground Udi’s white bread
1 cup scaled milk
1 cup port
12 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla


Combine the raisins, currants, orange, peel, spices, suet, and brandy in a medium bowl and cover. Let sit for 40 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the bread, milk, and port. Set aside. Beat the fruit mixture, adding in the sugar and eggs, one egg at a time. Pour the bread mixture into the fruit mixture and blend until well combined.

Transfer the pudding to a bundt pan. Place the bundt pan into a larger, 3-4 inch deep pan, and fill the deep pan halfway with water.

Place into a 350F oven and bake for 40 minutes. Store in an airtight container in a cool place.

  1. Jennifer Drummond says:

    Oh my gosh, I forgot about the Muppet Christmas! I used to sing all of the songs!! What a great recipe too!!! Love your post!!

  2. Martin Redmond says:

    I’ve never had plum pudding. Now that I see all the ingredients…it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  3. Family Foodie says:

    Oh yeah! I have always wanted to try Plum Pudding! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for being such a big part of our #SundaySupper Family!

  4. Shaina Wizov says:

    Great movie!!! I’ve never had plum pudding before…seems like I’m not the only one lol. Looks like we all have some baking to do!

  5. Amanda M says:

    In my Arabic language class there are two British girls, and we were just having a conversation this week about the different meanings of pudding in the US vs. England. It got me wanting to make their version. This might be my test recipe!

  6. Stacy says:

    My husband is British and his mother is with us for Christmas so I have made an old family recipe from my Scottish friend Jacky’s dad for Christmas pudding. I have been feeding it with rum for several weeks. I love that you tackled plum pudding, T.R.! Great job!

  7. Renee Goerger says:

    We’ve always enjoyed the Muppets too, especially at Christmas. Your pudding sounds like something fun to try.
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

  8. The Ninja Baker says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the how-to on a traditional dessert, TR. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by plum pudding but you’ve made it very do-able =) Yay!

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