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Festive Roly Poly Pudding

Posted by Lorraine on 17th Dec 2019

Our Festive Roly Poly Pudding recipe is quite simply delicious! If you enjoy festive spiced puddings then you will love this recipe. It is a cross between a traditional jam roly poly pudding and mince pies. A winning combination of festive flavours, it tastes even more amazing served alongside our homemade brandy sauce!

Our recipe is easy to follow and the end result is sure to get nods of approval all round. Our Festive Roly Poly Pudding is the most perfect dessert for a cold winters night. We love it.

Festive Spiced Roly Poly Pudding Recipe

Servings; 6 - 8

Preparation Time; 20 mins

Cooking Time; 1 hr.


  • 10g Caster sugar
  • 50g Salted butter
  • 250g Self raising flour
  • 1 Vanilla pod - Seeds only
  • 50g Shredded suet (Vegetarian alternative can be used)
  • 150ml Cold milk
  • 1 Tsp Mixed spice
  • 1 Orange - Finely grated zest only
  • 160g Mincemeat


  1. Pre heat oven to 160°C 
  2. Put the butter, flour, mixed spice, vanilla seeds and sugar into a food processor. Mix until butter is no longer visible. 
  3. Add to a mixing bowl, stir in the suet. 
  4. Add the cold milk and using a rounded knife stir until a sticky dough starts to form. You may require a little more milk to create the right consistency.
  5. Flour the work surface & gently knead into round, smooth elastic dough. 
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll out to a rough square (Approx 25cm)  
  7. Add the orange zest to the mincemeat and stir until combined.
  8. Evenly spread the mincemeat over the dough leaving 5mm clear from the edges.
  9. Make a tight roll to first start, then roll like a Swiss roll. Do not roll too tightly.
  10. Lay a large piece of foil over a baking tray then lay a piece of greaseproof paper, smeared with a little butter on top of the foil. They both need to be larger than the rolled up dough! 
  11. Carefully place the dough onto the well greased greaseproof paper. The join should be placed face down. Bring the edge of the foil/greaseproof over the top of the dough & loosely fold over to seal. Pinch the edges to seal too. Do not wrap tightly as the pastry will puff up during baking.
  12. Place a deep sided oven tray on the bottom shelf of the oven. Add boiling water until just over a quarter full. Place the roly poly on a shelf directly above the water. Cook for 1 hour. 
  13. Allow the pudding to stand for 5 minutes before unwrapping.
  14. Delicious served with warm custard or even better with Christmas Brandy Sauce!

Author Notes

Please make sure you grease the greaseproof paper well to prevent the dough sticking during cooking.

Try a chocolate orange version! Remove the mixed spice from the dough and replace the mincemeat with chocolate spread. Adding orange essence and zest to the dough is a delicious alternative.

For another lovely festive treat give our Super Easy Chocolate Peppermint Truffles a try. They're perfect for serving alongside a coffee or pot of tea!

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