Grandma’s Plum Duff


November 20, 2014

Grandma’s Plum Duff 0 0 5 0
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 20 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 20 mins

  • Yields: 12 people


5 cups plain flour

1kg mixed fruit

250g chopped dates

250g glaced cherries

500g walnuts

500g butter

3 cups brown sugar

10 eggs

1 cup rum

20g mixed spice


1Place fruit & nuts in bowl pour rum over to soak.

2Cream butter & sugar then beat in a couple of eggs at a time.

3Fold flour and spice into mixture then add fruit & nuts.

4Boil a metre square bleached calico then spread out on bench and sprinkle with flour.

5Empty pudding mixture into centre then tie cloth securely allowing some room for rising.

6Pour boiling water into slow cooker.

7*If your slow cooker bowl is ceramic it is wise to warm up the bowl with some warm water first and then tip it out before adding the pudding/boiling water as pouring boiling water into a cold ceramic bowl can potentially cause it to crack*

8Cook for 2 hrs high & 2 hrs low

9Drain water off when cooked and let it cool in the cooker.

10Serve with hot custard.

Submitted by Rose-Marie Wessling


12 Reviews

Yvonne Wood

July 3, 2020

Rachel June 20th 2020. I make a fruit teabread which is quite similar and the night before I soak all the fruit in cold tea. You don’t taste the tea but makes the fruit really plump.


June 20, 2020

My Nannie remembers her mum soaking breadcrumbs in cold tea for a plum duff, has anyone heard of this know this recipe. We’re from Belfast and have been looking for years


December 14, 2019

If you soak the dried fruits (raisins, currents, sultanas or golden raisins and homemade candied peel) in the rum in a tight sealed jar, for example a le parfait spring loaded rubber sealed jar, about a month before you are ready to cook the pudding, the fruit is beautifully plump and the moisture in the cake is even better.

Dave Stannard

December 16, 2018

Slow Cooker! Why didn’t I think of that. I have been making plum duff for years using my dear mother’s recipe. It’s a bit different but I am using methods from the 1920’s and use a gas burner and a big boiler. Mum used to use the wood copper!! Next one I will try the slow cooker, thanks.


February 9, 2016

Heckuva good job. I sure apartcipee it.


November 28, 2015

Enough water to half cover the Plum Dufg

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 28, 2015

I asked for you .. just waiting to hear back 🙂

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 28, 2015

I’ve asked this of the lady who’s recipe this is and I’m waiting to hear back then I’ll let you know 🙂

Sadie Milis

November 28, 2015

Doesn’t say how much boiling water

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 27, 2015

1 metre square is 1m x 1m
So the length is 1m

christine gallagher

November 27, 2015

How much water do you put in the slow cooker/ crock pot please?

christine gallagher

November 27, 2015

what length is a metre square of calico?

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