Do you eat Christmas pudding with custard? (3 Easy Recipes)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, do you eat Christmas pudding with custard? We will discuss how well custard goes with Christmas pudding and some custard recipes.  

Do you eat Christmas pudding with custard?

Many people do eat Christmas pudding with custard. You can eat any basic flavor of custard or you can go an extra mile and try out eating your Christmas pudding with zesty orange or chai custard. 

Plain vanilla custard is the ideal choice. As Christmas pudding is already bursting with flavor, vanilla adds a nice, mellow touch to it. You do not want to overpower the taste of your Christmas pudding with a lot of intense flavors. 

In Britain, pudding is often served with custard. Christmas Pudding which is a lightly-steamed fruitcake is also paired with custard. The custard is cooked on low heat so that it keeps a runny consistency and then poured over the dessert. 

 The ingredients added to Christmas pudding are usually, raisins, currants, suet, brown sugar, breadcrumbs, citron, lemon peel, orange peel, flour, mixed spices, eggs, milk, and brandy. 

How to make vanilla custard from scratch?

You can buy custard mix from the store, or make it at home. 

Bailey’s custard is a custard brand that is Whisky-based. However, you can get any other custard from the market, even if it is free of alcohol. 

Vanilla, chocolate, or mango-flavored custards are all terrific options. If there is a different flavor of custard you would rather have, then go for it. 

Custard may not be the traditional way to eat your Christmas pudding but it goes well with most British desserts.

Also, if you like you can make vanilla custard at home from scratch. To make the custard you need 125 ml of milk, 125 ml of whipped cream, 50 g of sugar, 2 egg yolks, a vanilla bean, or vanilla essence. 

First, split the vanilla bean into two. After cutting the vanilla beans into two longitudes, take the beans out using a sharp knife. Add the vanilla beans to the milk and let it boil. Now you have to whisk the egg yolks with the sugar to make a creamy mixture. 

Add the cream and milk mixture to the egg yolks in the pan. Put it on low flame and stir continuously to prevent lump formation. Turn the heat off before the mix comes to a boil. 

Strain the custard using a sieve and bring it to room temperature. Sprinkle some castor sugar on the surface to prevent the gel membrane from forming. 

After you have prepared the Christmas pudding, pour the custard over the pudding. 

Let us discuss some unconventional custard recipes to try with your Christmas pudding;

How to make coffee-flavored custard?

Prepare your coffee using your french press or espresso. Beat the yolk and sugar together and bring your milk to a boil. Separate 250 ml of milk and add the yolk and flour. 

Add the rest of the milk to the mixture and let it cook for a few minutes.

How to make zesty orange custard?

Mix your custard powder with sugar and then add orange juice and water. Keep stirring and boil on medium-high heat until it boils and thickens. 

Add sour cream, orange rind, and orange-flavored liquor. Serve it with your Christmas pudding while it is still hot. 

How to make Chai custard?

To make chai custard, heat milk, add a tea bag, and steep for a few minutes. Add sugar, salt, and eggs together and pour in some of the milk. Add the rest of the milk, whisk and bring it to a boil.

 Boil on medium-low heat until the custard thickens. Chill and serve. 

What else can you eat your Christmas pudding with?

You may already know this but the traditional way is to eat Christmas pudding is either with brandy butter or rum butter.

Some basic yet delectable options to eat with your Christmas pudding are; cream, lemon cream, and vanilla ice cream. If you want to keep things more simple, use some castor sugar, brown sugar, or spun sugar.

The fruits that do well on top of Christmas pudding are chopped mangoes, apricots, prunes, cherries, plums, strawberries, and any other stone fruit that you like.

If you are a fan of chocolate then you can add a generous helping of chocolate sauce or chocolate syrup. Also, go for marshmallows, crunchy biscuits, some biscuits alongside.  


In this brief guide, we answered the question, do you eat Christmas pudding with custard? We discussed how well custard goes with Christmas pudding and some custard recipes.  


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