This is one of the recipes that I am asked about most often and I never hesitate in giving it to people. It is tried and tested. It works. And I have no hesitation in saying that no one makes Christmas pudding as good as my Auntie Maureen. It is important to get the best fruit you can. In the restaurant we get ours from Peter Ward’s Country Choice in Nenagh, we make at least 100 plum puddings, using this recipe.

People often ask me why I steam it in the oven but it is for a simple practical reason – to prevent you steaming up the kitchen for hours. Serve warm or cold with lashings of custard or whipped cream with a spoonful of brandy butter alongside.