Our story began with Sandra McLaren,
a brilliant confectioner and award-winning dessert designer, who noticed that not one of her four children would eat the Christmas pudding she served. Glancing around the candlelit table, she realised that barely an adult had touched it either!
Already renowned for her outstanding carrot cake, one day Sandra decided to take on the humble Christmas pudding.
After much experimentation,
she discovered she could cut out all the stodgy suet – and remove a lot of the dense flour. Instead, she added a very generous dollop of butter, some zesty oranges, lemons, prunes and flaked almonds. She drenched it all in fine French Brandy and Guinness Stout, steamed it for eight hours – then then let the pudding mature to perfection for 6 months.
Having won over family and friends,
she took the McLaren’s Christmas pudding further afield. Since 2004, when our story began, Sandra’s pudding has attracted a growing number of Christmas pudding aficionados and convertees.
A best-seller at Borough Market and other Christmas fairs,
that same family recipe is now beloved by people who receive our puddings as gifts worldwide.
Today, it’s Duncan – Sandra’s son – who runs McLaren’s Christmas puddings. Lighter, fluffier, completely delicious, they’re also enjoyed by Sandra’s grandchildren. As well as every adult at the Christmas table.
TRY A MCLAREN’S ONCE & YOU WON’T TURN BACK…
“We ordered the large eight people cake and I just wanted to say Mclarens Christmas cake was absolutely delicious. What flavour, texture and it did not last long. Can’t wait until we order again.”
“Our daughter brought your Christmas pudding from Borough Market for us. Wow what a taste sensation your pudding is, moist, tasty and so more-ish. Usually there is some left over which we try and eat the next day, not this time."
McLaren’s Christmas Pudding is the best we’ve eaten in 40 years in London! Would not have any other!
“Just finished the last of your delicious Christmas pudding. It is by far the best I have ever tasted...”