The proof is in the Christmas pudding

plum pudding


“We all love some figgy pudding” says the song and for most of us it’s not Christmas if there isn’t pudding for dessert! So, we asked Glengara Care’s Head Chef Daniel Matsen to share his favourite plum pudding recipe, so you can adorn your Christmas table or even gift some to friends this festive season.


Plum pudding


300g raisins, chopped

125g sultanas

150g cranberries

200ml rum

250g butter

200g brown sugar

4 eggs

1 cup self-raising flour

170g breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Soak dried fruit overnight in rum
  2. Beat butter and sugar until creamy, then add eggs slowly
  3. Add soaking fruit mix
  4. Slowly fold in breadcrumbs, then flour and spices
  5. Spray 15 x single serve size dariole moulds
  6. Separate mixture into moulds
  7. Place in steamer oven for 40 minutes*


Serve with custard.


*If you don’t have a steamer oven you can use a bain-marie in the oven, put the pudding tin in a water bath, making sure you tightly cover the tin with aluminium foil first. Cooking times will change depending on the tin size and how hot the oven is.

Meet Daniel Matsen

Daniel is Glengara Care’s Head Chef and he says that his favourite part of Christmas (besides the food) is everyone coming together, forgetting their differences and simply being wished a Mery Christmas.

Despite being relatively new to Glengara Care, Daniel is loving being part of the team. “My favourite part of working at Glengara Care is that the residents are amazing and the teamwork is great,” says Daniel.

When he’s not in Glengara Care’s kitchen or talking to residents, Daniel says you can find him in his garden, fixing his house or just taking the day out with his family. However, he’s never too far away from a kitchen, and that’s where you will often find him when he’s at home.

“I love cooking in my spare time, sometimes I think I cook too much, but I do love it. So does my wife!” says Daniel laughing.

Chef Daniel Matsen loves being in the kitchen.

What’s on the menu at Glengara Care this Christmas?

Daniel gave a sneak peek at what residents at Glengara Care will be dining on this Christmas lunch. Yum! How many more sleeps until Christmas?

  • Roast turkey with cranberry sauce
  • Honey glazed ham
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Christmas plum & date pudding with brandy custard

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