Our Heritage

Every occasion should be a celebration and Newcastle's Pudding Lady believes every celebration needs pudding, because pudding is not just for Christmas.

 

Founded in the early 1970's, almost as a result of the Vietnam War, ours is a story of love and gratitude in equal measure.

The original pudding lady

Dawn, was very close to her brother Peter. While he was away fighting in the war in Vietnam, letters and tape recordings were exchanged, and the background soundtrack to those recordings was the dropping of bombs and the sound of gunfire. Dawn repeatedly prayed for her brother's safety and when he came home safe from the conflict, she wanted to show her gratitude. She started making puddings and selling them to raise money for the church where she found her solace.


Like every tale told of ingenuity and tradition, this has its twists and turns. Dawn had never made a traditional Christmas pudding so she called on an age old recipe handed down from her grandmother, with the addition of her love and gratitude for the safe return of her brother. We continue to use the very same recipe, created by Dawn, for our traditional puddings. We have evolved and modernised our business by adding new lines and responding to feedback from our customers, but the recipe at the very core of who we are has stood the test of time.

 

For more than forty years...

...we have remained a family owned business and from humble beginnings we have grown into an iconic and much loved enterprise developing innovative and luxurious products to suit a contemporary market. Tradition and care continue to drive our evolution. We still select the finest ingredients to craft our puddings to exacting standards - creamy butter from Australian cows, plump fruit grown and dried under the sun, finely milled flour from Australian wheat, farm fresh eggs, distilled spirits made from Australian grown fruits and grains and superior spices from every corner of the globe.

Every pudding is hand finished, wrapped in cloth and tied with ribbon, continuing to excite and delight our customers, as we have always done.

Families create their own traditions and with our expanding variety of choices, you can create yours with a Newcastle Pudding Lady treat, and not just at Christmas. Our range has a pudding for every occasion, whether you are celebrating an anniversary, engagement, faith based event, birthday or a new home. We think any excuse for a little indulgence is a good excuse.

Our speciality range has something for every day, whether a rich chocolate pudding full of crunchy Macadamia nuts, rum and plump raisins or a heady mix of whiskey and orange marmalade, creating your own customs for any event is easy. Our tradition and care is instilled in every single pudding we make.

Changing Times

As times have changed, so have our diets. Intolerance and allergies have meant traditional puddings have been out of reach for some. Our range has grown to include new options. We have two gluten free puddings - one of which is sugar free - for those who cannot eat grains containing gluten. We worked with the dietitians at Diabetes Australia and with the National Heart Foundation to create tasty new recipes with no added sugar or sweetener.

We have found great substitutes to develop our vegan puddings using Nuttelex in place of butter, and replacing eggs with tapioca starch, baking powder and xanthan gum.

We still think of and are inspired by Dawn in her home kitchen, making puddings to say thank you. We have a range of gift packs and other products for you to say thanks too, and congratulations, I'm sorry, I love you and so much more. Our specialty puddings and logs are the perfect gift, packaged with our own brandy custard, vanilla and brandy sauce or rich brandy butter. You can also work with us to tailor a corporate or other gift to suit your needs, style and budget.

Great present for the hard to buy for 

Our puddings make a great present for the hard to buy for or the person who seems to have everything. A pudding of sweet port and plump prunes can be enjoyed any day of the year, as are delicious figs saturated in Australian OP rum and mixed with vine fruits. Our sticky date pudding marries Australian honey with rich sweet dates and cooked to just perfect. Serve warmed covered in butterscotch sauce with lashings of double cream or rich vanilla ice cream. What better gift could you ask for than one of complete satisfaction?

Boasting is not our style but it is easy to get excited when we are recognised for what we do. We have been selected as Australia's Best Christmas Pudding in recent times. We continue to develop award winning, hand crafted Australian made products, building on the great tradition created by Dawn all those years ago. We love to hear our puddings taste like Grandma's or evoke memories of hours spent in the kitchen learning secret recipes.

We draw on our own heritage and tradition while remaining inspired by families coming together to create new ones, allowing us to continually develop beautiful, flavourful, hand crafted puddings for every occasion, every day.