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Published on April 27th, 2010
by Clarabella

Steamy Stuff

The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of suet. Its not just what it is & what its made of, its just that its animal fat, and I don’t love that. So I chose to make a steamed pudding without the suet (I know, I’m a total wimp). But the steaming part was totally new to me. It turned out delicious and was sweet & simple and something that I’d definitely make again. 


Steamed ginger pudding

2tbsp ginger syrup from a jar of stem ginger 

2tsp golden syrup 

175g (6oz) plain flour 

3tsp baking powder 

3 eggs, beaten 

175g (6oz) caster sugar 

175g (6oz) butter, softened 

4 pieces stem ginger, finely chopped 

You will need
1 litre (1¾pt) pudding basin, well buttered
Spoon the ginger syrup and golden syrup into the base of the buttered pudding basin. Place the remaining ingredients in a bowl and beat well for 2 minutes until thoroughly combined. Pour into the basin and level off the top. Cover with a double layer of buttered foil that has been pleated down the centre. Secure the foil with string.
Place the basin in a steamer over a pan of boiling water, cover and steam for 1½ hours. Check the water level every now and then and top up with more boiling water if needed. When cooked, turn out onto a warmed serving plate and serve in wedges with cream, ice cream or custard.


5 Responses to “Steamy Stuff”
  1. The Betz Family says

    Mmmmm, your pudding looks great and steamed ginger pudding sounds delectable! Great job on your challenge!

  2. Ginger+golden syrup sounds wonderful! I wasn't a huge fan of the suet either.

  3. Sounds wonderful!

  4. shelley c. says

    Your pudding looks delicious, and the recipe sounds fantastic! Great job.

  5. Ginger and golden syrup yum yum that sounds too delicious and your pudding looks amazing well done on this challenge lovely photos also I love the look of the crumb on the pudding. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.