Sunday, December 19, 2010

Steamed Syrup Pudding, Oh yes baby!

Ok, we're going old school again, way way old school. This time we're going across the pond though and it's not a retro southern specialty but rather an old school steamed pudding from my homeland, England.

I don't know why steamed puddings haven't caught on here in the States, more the pity. I've been reading those 1823 cookbooks again and found a steamed pudding "recipe" that caught my eye. I use the term "recipe" lightly because they wrote like I generally do, a list of ingredients, a vague list of measurement and no real cooking instruction, it's a hit or miss and generally written for a cook. OH WAIT, I can cook and I'm fearless. Lucky for me I was in the mood so rather than vacuum, wrap presents or dust (shudder) I dove into retro recipe land with ingredients I always have here and a little time on my hands.

I futzed the recipe a little, added some, stole some and think I found a pretty good version. Well, I say I think I found a goodie, I gasped when I ate it, that's generally a pretty good indication I'm on the right track. Gasping in my kitchen is ALWAYS a good thing. Let's begin then I'll show you the beauty shots.

**Tate and Lyle's golden syrup is my most favorite thing and I am delighted anytime I'm able to use it.

Ok, let's make a steamed pudding...(yes, I measured by weight because I have a little scale I bought at IKEA and it was easier than doing the math to convert it)

In a bowl, cream
120 g sugar
120 g butter

2 beaten eggs
120 g a/p flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
drop of vanilla

Beat until it's a thick, smooth, batter. I used my beaters rather than the kitchen aide.

Grease a 4 cup pudding bowl and drop 2 healthy tablespoons of Tate and Lyle's Golden syrup in the bottom. Drop the batter on top and gently smooth out.

Cover the bowl with parchment paper and a double thickness of tin foil. Tie it down and put it in a steamer. I used a large saucepan with a pasta cooker insert. I've steamed puddings before on a shallow rack in a saucepan with an inch or so of water, also ramekins upside down under your pudding bowl works beautifully too!

Cover and steam for 2 hours. Check every once in a while to be sure there's still water.

Remove, uncover, flip onto a plate, slice, serve, eat, gasp then add cream because you need to sample it that way too (it's all research!)

Let me know what you think!!!


  1. Hi, I just found your site (Love it) I also am from England and you could imagine my surprise and delight when I found this recipe for "Steamed pudding" I have never tried it with Tate and Lyle's syrup would love to.Where can I buy it? I have lived here since i WAS 18YRS. AND HAVE NEVER SEEN IT. I live in TX now but have lived in IN, KY,NC and now here in Seguin Texas .I noticed that nobody left a comment. Bet they didn't try it as you said it just has not caught on here in the States!? I love it with Red currant or any jam . Thanks for your site and hope you get this as I don't know if you get archived posts. Joan.

    1. I'm so pleased you found my little corner of the net :) Here in Austin, I get Tate&Lyles at HEB in the 'international' aisle but you can also find it at World Market, Central Market ($$!) or Fiesta Markets.

      I hope you like the puddings in the pressure cooker! it's a true taste of home :) I did spotted dick in the pc as well and it was fabulous!

      Thanks for your kind words!