Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2020

Plum almond pudding

Treat your tastebuds with this South African plum and almond pudding with brandy cream…

This deliciously fruity and nutty plum almond pudding is easy to make and tastes divine – win-win!

Plum almond pudding


Plum almond pudding

Servings 5


  • 1 tsp butter
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 5 South African plums
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 80 g plain flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 200 ml milk
  • 200 ml single cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 20 g flaked almonds, plus a few extra
  • icing sugar, for sprinkling

For the brandy cream

  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Use the butter to grease a 1-litre (1¾pts) baking dish.

  2. Heat 300ml (10fl oz) water in a saucepan with half the caster sugar, the cinnamon stick and 5-spice powder. When the sugar has dissolved, add the plums and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, use a whisk to beat together the eggs, flour, salt, milk, single cream, vanilla extract and brandy. Add the remaining sugar. Allow a few minutes for the sugar to dissolve, then stir in the almonds.

  4. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the plums from the cooking liquid to the baking dish. Pour in the batter and bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown. Cool for a few minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, whip the cream in a chilled bowl until it holds its shape, then whisk in the sugar, brandy and vanilla extract. Serve the plum pudding sprinkled with icing sugar and a few extra almonds, accompanied by the brandy cream.

Tip! Another time, make this recipe with halved and pitted South African peaches or nectarines.

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