At Christmas, there really is only one pudding to have after polishing off the turkey, and that's a traditional Christmas pudding. Made ahead of time, the puddings are simply steamed on the day, doused in brandy, set alight and served. Now is the perfect time to make it and the royal family took to Instagram to share their own recipe with the masses.
Last year, the Queen and her three direct heirs – Princes Charles, William and George - made a Christmas pudding together but this year, the closely-guarded recipe has been revealed so we can all feast like royalty come December 25. While fairly traditional in its mix of dried fruit, orange peel and spice, the boozy element is where the Queen's pudding takes on a slightly different route. Brandy is commonplace in a pud, but the royal version has 40ml brandy and 40ml rum as well as 275ml beer replacing the usual orange juice.
The Instagram video is simple to follow and makes two puddings – one for this year and one for next, or one for you and one to give to a loved one. It's a classic method for making such a dessert; first you combine all the dry elements before stirring in the wet ingredients and patting it down into two greased pudding basins. These are covered with parchment and foil and placed in a bain marie to steam for six hours. So, if you haven't sorted your Christmas pudding for this year yet, make it a royally good one and follow this recipe.
This article originally appeared on House & Garden UK.