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Hi Bold Bakers!
It’s that time of year again! The time where we are busy in the kitchen getting Christmas Cake, Christmas Puddings and Mincemeat made so it has ample time to rest and settle before Christmas! In Ireland, my mum like many others would always get these jobs done in October so the cakes and puddings would have time to sit and allow for the flavors to develop. Part of that is the baking of cakes and steaming of puddings.
Steaming a pudding (pudding is cake in Europe) is a very popular method of cooking in Ireland and Britain. Unlike an oven, steaming adds moisture to the cake during the cooking process making it incredibly moist. Unlike in the oven, which uses dry heat. I am a sucker for a steamed pudding because they are just so incredibly moist and flavorful. Also the longer you leave them before eating the better the flavor.
Steaming a pudding is incredibly easy and actually hard to mess up. You don’t need any fancy equipment except for a large pot and a steamer. Failing a steamer tray you can always use an upturned plate in the bottom of your saucepan.
What Equipment Do I Need to Steam a Christmas Pudding
- 1.4-liter pudding basin
- A Circle of Parchment Paper
- Aluminum Foil
- Bakers Twine
- Medium Saucepan
- Steamer or an upturned plate
How to Steam A Christmas Pudding
Once you learn these steps, you’ll never forget them. It’s so easy to make the pudding of your dreams, and you don’t even need to get fancy with it. Here are the steps (and check out the photos for a visual):
- Take a large sheet of foil and a piece of buttered greaseproof paper about the same size.
- Place a buttered piece of parchment paper over the top of your pudding bowl. Onto that place a piece of foil of a similar size. Press the foil around the bowl. Tie the foil tightly around the bowl using a long piece of string or bakers twine.
- Trim away the excess foil and greaseproof paper. Leave about two inches of excess foil around the sides of the bowl. Make sure you totally encase the pudding give it a water-tight seal.
- Make a handle for the bowl by threading string around the pudding basin. Pull and tie another piece of string through to create a handle to lift your pudding from. The pudding is now ready to go into the pan.
- Place the pudding into the steamer set over a saucepan of simmering water, or use a large saucepan with a saucer in the bottom.
- Steam for several hours, or as the recipe indicates. Top up water roughly every 45 minutes or when necessary.
- When the pudding is steamed, cut the string around the bowl. Gently ease away the paper and foil.
- Before storing the pudding ready for re-steaming, recover with a fresh sheet of foil and paper as before. Tie a handle around it for ease of removing.
Tips and Tricks on How to Steam A Christmas Pudding
- If you don’t have a steamer, do not worry, you can use an upturned plate as your trivet to keep the pudding basins from the bottom of the saucepan.
- If your plate is rattling during the cooking process place a small face cloth underneath the steamer.
- If you don’t have a traditional pudding bowl don’t worry! Look around your kitchen and see what you could use instead. You will be surprised to see what you already have that can be used, like glass mixing bowls or pyrex dishes.
- Any strong string or twine will work to tie the pudding.
- Make sure to continually refill the water with more boiling water so it doesn’t boil off.
- Make sure that your saucepan is large enough to fit your pudding basin with its lid on.
Now Make These Pudding Recipes!
- Last Minute Christmas Pudding
- Simplified Mincemeat Christmas Pudding
- Microwave Christmas Pudding
- Classic Steamed Treacle Pudding
- Perfectly Steamed Marmalade Pudding
- Gingerbread Pudding
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