Slow Cooker Chocolate Christmas Pudding …

Slow Cooker Chocolate Christmas Pudding

As long as I can remember, our family has always served a traditional Christmas Pudding on Christmas Day. It’s such a tradition that we even get together, about 6 weeks before Christmas, to make our puddings in cloths using a fourth-generation recipe that our kids are now learning. After the puddings are prepared and cooked, they’re hung in the garage so the flavour can really develop, you can read more about that here.

Sadly though, the traditional Christmas Pudding doesn’t appeal to everyone and most kids will usually turn their noses up when it’s served. Well, here’s a great alternative … my Slow Cooker Chocolate Christmas Pudding, and the best part is, it’s dead easy. Simply combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients in a large jug and then mix the two together. Pour the mixture into a Pudding Steamer and then let the slow cooker do the work while you make the rest of the preparations … like I said, so easy it’s child’s play. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chocolate Christmas Pudding …
Ingredients …
  • 1⅓ cup plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used raw cacao)
  • ⅔ cup castor sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • icing sugar (to decorate)
Method …
  1. Spray the inside of an 850ml Pudding Steamer well with cooking spray. Place a small circle of baking paper in the base only of the Pudding Steamer by cutting a piece to fit.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the plain flour, cocoa powder, castor sugar and baking powder and mix until well combined.
  3. Add the dark chocolate chips and stir through.
  4. Combine the melted butter, Greek yoghurt, Golden Syrup and vanilla extract in a large jug and whisk until well combined.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined … don’t overmix.
  6. Pour the pudding mixture into the prepared Pudding Steamer, smooth the top with the back of a spoon and seal with the Steamer lid.
  7. Place the Pudding Steamer inside the slow cooker and pour enough boiling water to come approximately half way up the side of the Steamer.
  8. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook the pudding for 3 hours on HIGH.
  9. Once done, remove the Pudding Steamer from the slow cooker, remove the lid and allow to stand for a couple of minutes. Place a serving plate on top of the steamer, turning it upside down to remove the pudding.
  10. Dust the pudding with a little icing sugar and place a sprig of Christmas holly on the top.

Clever Tricks, Tips and Hints …

  • This cooking time will produce a divinely moist pudding that will still hold together when cut. If you would like your pudding a little drier, add 15 minutes to the 3 hours suggested cooking time.

  • I always use raw cacao when I cook, however, cocoa will work just as well. I find the raw cacao is a little healthier. I also find it has a stronger flavour which adds to the decadence of the pudding.

  • Depending on the number of people you are cooking for, I like to have two puddings available for dessert on Christmas Day … a plum pudding for those who like it traditional and a chocolate pudding for the kids and those who don’t like the other.

  • If you don’t own a pudding steamer, a heat-proof bowl (pyrex bowls are ideal) will give you a similar result. Follow the recipe as it is, and create a “lid” for the pudding by placing a piece of aluminium foil over the top of the bowl and hold in place with firmly-tied string. The aim of doing this is to prevent any moisture from getting into the pudding as it’s cooking.

  • When using a pudding steamer, it’s very important to spray or grease it really well so the pudding comes out easily once cooked, particularly if your steamer is made from metal. To prevent the top of the pudding sticking to the base of the steamer, place a circle of baking paper in the base. To cut the circle the right size, grab a pen or pencil and trace around the bottom of the steamer onto some baking paper. Now cut out the circle but cut inside the drawn line to make the circle slightly smaller than you traced out. This will ensure the circle of baking paper will fit the base of the steamer perfectly. Spray the inside of the steamer, pop the circle of baking paper in the base and your pudding will turn out of the steamer easily.

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  1. How lovely to have a recipe that’s been in your family for four generations. I love how you all get together to make the puddings. I love Christmas pudding and think it’s a great tradition. Your ‘cheats’ Christmas pudding looks superb xx

    • We’re big on traditions around here, especially at Christmas time … traditions are the foundation of great memories! x

  2. I’m not a fan of traditional Christmas pud so love the sound (and look!) of this recipe – bookmarking!!!

    • Great news, Janet … this is a fab alternative and it’s just so easy to make. Throw it in the Slow Cooker in the morning on Chrissy Day and it will be ready in time for dinner!

  3. This is awesome I’m pinning it for future reference. I’m not a fan of traditional plum puddings, I never knew there were alternatives. If I find a pudding steamer or pyrex bowl I’m definitely making it. We’re hosting Christmas this year for the first time and I need food inspiration. #teamIBOT

    • This Pudding is a great alternative, Toni … I love that it challenges the notion that Christmas Puddings have to be fruit … it’s so moist and delicious … sure to be a crowd pleaser!

  4. my mother in law makes Christmas puddings every year, and we love them! She uses an old family recipe. One day she will pass it on to us, and it will be our job. :)

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