How to flambe Christmas pudding

Updated February 21, 2017

Christmas pudding is a rich, brandy-covered dessert often served on fire. It is also known as plum pudding or plum duff. Curiously, there are no plums in this pudding. All dried fruits, such as raisins and prunes, were once called plums. These fruits are where plum pudding gets its name. This dessert provides a bright finish for any Christmas feast.

Place the cooked Christmas pudding into the serving bowl.

Warm the brandy over low heat in a saucepan until heated through. Watch the brandy carefully as it could ignite spontaneously if heated too much.

Remove the saucepan from the heat

Pour the warmed brandy over the Christmas pudding in the serving dish.

Hold a lit long-handled match near the brandy-covered pudding until it ignites.

Wait for the flames to extinguish when the alcohol burns off and serve the pudding.


Alternatively, light the brandy in the saucepan after removing it from the heat, and pour the flaming alcohol over the pudding.

Things You'll Need

  • Flame-proof serving bowl
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) of brandy
  • Saucepan
  • Long-handled match
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