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Rating: 4.58 stars
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Easy to make, and delicious to eat using just a few ingredients. This steamed pudding is traditional at Christmas - served with Hard Sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Stir in 1 tablespoon of sugar and molasses, then mix in the cranberries and flour. Pour into a greased 6 cup steamer mold.

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  • Cover the mold, and place into a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover the steaming pot. Cook over medium heat for one hour before checking, but it will take about 1 1/2 hours total. A toothpick inserted into the pudding should come out clean. Loosen the edges, and cool on a wire rack in the mold.

  • Make the hard sauce just before serving: Heat the unsalted butter, cream, 1 cup sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook stirring constantly until heated through and smooth.

Nutrition Facts

553 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 84.8g; fat 23.1g; cholesterol 67.8mg; sodium 440.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Yum! I recently bought a similar pudding at a Craft show and was hooked! This recipe used the same ingredients listed on the label of the one I bought and it turned out great! I don't have a steamer mold so I just used a loaf pan covered tightly with aluminium foil. Thanks for the recipe.. it will surely be a tradition in our family from now on! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2007
This is a great pudding but 2 tsps of baking soda is too much. Hence the reason it hits the top of the tin and also the taste of the baking soda is overpowering. 1 tsp. is adequate and I have even made it with 1/2 tsp. Hope this is helpful. Read More
(49)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2007
This is a great pudding but 2 tsps of baking soda is too much. Hence the reason it hits the top of the tin and also the taste of the baking soda is overpowering. 1 tsp. is adequate and I have even made it with 1/2 tsp. Hope this is helpful. Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2003
Yum! I recently bought a similar pudding at a Craft show and was hooked! This recipe used the same ingredients listed on the label of the one I bought and it turned out great! I don't have a steamer mold so I just used a loaf pan covered tightly with aluminium foil. Thanks for the recipe.. it will surely be a tradition in our family from now on! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
This recipe has been in my family for over 50 years -- every year it is a given at Christmas or Thanksgiving meal. This is the first time I have ever seen the recipe in print other than my own!! It makes a beautiful presentation on china plate with holly and cranberries around. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2005
This is GREAT!. The pudding itself is tart but when served with the sauce it is perfectly balanced. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the sauce. Make sure to grease the mold well and don't forget the lid. I didn't grease my lid and when the pudding puffed up it stuck. Then again I doubled the recipe because it didn't look like it would make enough to fill my mold. I didn't expect it to puff as much as it did. I guess it's all that baking soda.:) Once again WONDERFUL. This will be a part of my holiday table from now on! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2007
If you like molasses you'll like this pudding. I used the mildest I could buy and sill didn't like it very much. I gave it a 3 rating because the sauce is GREAT. I'll find another steamed pudding to use it on. Note: 1 tsp of soda was plenty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2009
This is a great Christmas pudding (in the British sense of a heavy steamed cake not in the American sense of a custard-y treat). It's tart heavy and molasses-y - the cranberries make a nice contrast to the heavy batter and IMHO are a big improvement on plum or raisin puddings. I don't have a steamer mold so I used a greased ring mold covered with tinfoil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2013
I'm so pleased to have found this recipe. First I'd like to say I've never made a steamed pudding of any kind before and was looking forward to trying something like this. I have imagined a bite of the pudding in "Scrooge" that sounds so delectable to the anticipation of the "Cratchit family" in story. I followed this recipe precisely...even down to the whole cranberries and am I ever glad I did. Perfect but you must have the warm sauce to pour over. This may appeal to perhaps a more grown-up palate but maybe not though. Warning this is very rich and I can see why people make it for the holidays (only) as a special treat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2016
1st: thank you! 2nd: As a guy pushing 60 a recipe in the fam for 50 years is not something "old!". Mom would make this with a coffee can for the mold and it was my favorite thing to eat on Christmas. I thought she was doing magic I cut back on the baking soda (1 &1/2 TBS) and I used a Nordic Ware pull apart pan (snowflake design) and my turkey roasting pan as the steamer. Both covered with foil. It was DONE in 1 hour (I probably could have pulled it at 45 mins.) I have to admit that I depended on the Teflon coating more than I should have next time unsalted butter thick coating. It's Okay for us but... I'm also thinking a silicon form would work well for the release... Mom's coming over and I can't wait to surprise her! Merry Christmas memories. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2016
Super easy to make. I do agree that the baking soda seems a bit high. I tasted a tiny piece and got the hint of baking soda flavour. Haven't had the chance to serve it yet so will update my review if it changes once I serve with the sauce. Love steamed puddings though Read More
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