How to reheat Christmas pudding in a microwave?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to reheat Christmas pudding in a microwave?”, and how to make pudding in a microwave?

How to reheat Christmas pudding in a microwave?

Preparation: Remove the foil and parchment paper and loosely cover the pudding with cling film that will allow the steam to escape.

Method: Place the pudding in the microwave and shut the door.

Temperature: Set the microwave to full power (800w).

Time: Microwave for 3 minutes then allow to rest for 2 minutes. Cook each mini pudding for 1 minute and allow to rest for 1 minute.  

Serving: Remove the pudding from the microwave. Remove the parchment paper and cling film from the pudding. Loosen the edges of the pudding by running a sharp and warm knife around the inside edge of the basin. 

Cover the pudding basin with a warm plate. Then invert the pudding basin onto the plate, letting the pudding slide onto the plate. Keep warm until serving. 

How long to microwave a 900g Christmas pudding?

The Christmas needs to be microwaved for 1 minute per 200g and steamed for 20 minutes per 200g. This means that a 900g Christmas pudding will need to be microwaved for 4 and a ½ minutes. 

How to cook Christmas pudding in a microwave?


  • 1 ½ cups (7 ½oz/213g) currants
  • ¾ cup (3 ¾oz /106g) raisins
  • ¾ cup (3 ¾oz /106g) sultanas
  • ⅓ cup (1 ½oz/43g) mixed peel
  • ⅓ cup (1 ½oz/43g) cherries, halved
  • 2 cups (16floz/450ml) hot water
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) butter
  • ½ cup (2 ½oz/71g) self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup (1oz/28g) almond meal
  • 2 cups (6oz/170g) dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice/pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups (4oz/115g) white bread crumbs
  • 1 orange zest
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons treacle/ molasses
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • ½ cup (4floz/115ml) Guinness


  1. Grease a 2 liter (medium-sized) pudding bowl using butter and set it aside. 
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine currants, raisins, sultanas, mixed peel, and cherries. Then stir in the hot water. Wrap the bowl with a cling sheet and leave for at least 2 hours or overnight at room temperature. Strain the plumed up fruits and set them aside.
  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly. 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add self-rasing flour, almond meal, sugar, breadcrumbs, spices, zests, and prepared fruit. Mix until homogenous.
  1. Then stir in the butter, eggs, treacle, brandy, and Guinness. Stir to combine.
  1. Tip the bowl into the greased or buttered bowl. Loosely wrap with cling sheet.
  1. Microwave on medium-low power (30% – 1200w) for 14-16 minutes or until the pudding is dry on the surface and firm to the touch.
  1. Let the pudding rest for about 15 minutes before taking it out of the bowl.
  1. Serve with brandy butter, custard, and cream or ice cream. 

Christmas pudding guide 

Do I need to make my Christmas pudding ahead of time?

Traditionally, Christmas pudding has to be made on the stir-up Sunday(the last Sunday before the main event. But it is not a compulsion. Some people would tell you that the Christmas pudding that was allowed to mature for weeks has a better taste.

It may or may not be true because the freshly cooked Christmas pudding tastes just as delicious as the pudding that was allowed to develop and mellow. You can even make the Christmas pudding on Christmas if you could not find time to do it earlier. 

Do I need to soak the fruit for a Christmas pudding?

The soaking step is optional since the heat and steam during the cooking do the same job. The cooking process of Christmas pudding is such that it plumps up the fruits which enables them to absorb more booze.

What’s the best sugar for a Christmas pudding?

Dark soft brown or dark muscovado sugars are the top picks for sweetening your Christmas pudding. The molasses content of these sugars adds a whole lot of flavor and depth to the Christmas pudding.

What’s the best booze for a Christmas pudding?

Rum, brandy, whisky are more traditional picks for Christmas pudding. But you can also use Cointreau, cider or perry, etc. Do not use cream liqueurs because they do not fit in.

How do I make a lighter Christmas pudding?

If you are not a fan of rich and heavy Christmas puddings, try making a steamed sponge something like this

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In this article, we answered the question “How to reheat Christmas pudding in a microwave?”, and how to make pudding in a microwave?