Rating: 4.2 stars
30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3

This is a great holiday treat. I've made it for years and have passed it on to friends and family. Good eating!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Lightly grease a 2-quart metal pudding mold or a clean 1-pound coffee can. Pick over whole cranberries; wash and drain.

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  • Sift together the flour and salt; dredge cranberries in flour mixture.

  • Dissolve soda into boiling water and add molasses. Stir and allow to foam up.

  • Add to the flour and cranberry mixture. Mix together until well blended. Spoon into prepared mold or pan; cover with a double layer of aluminum foil and fasten with heavy elastic band or string.

  • Place into a deep saucepan and fill with water up to about the halfway mark on the pudding can. Cover saucepan and place over high heat. Bring water to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from water and allow to cool.

  • Prepare the sauce by mixing together the sugar, butter and cream. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

  • When ready to serve the pudding, invert pan or open bottom of can and push through. Slice in 1/2-inch pieces. Pour sauce over individual slices of pudding.

Nutrition Facts

327 calories; protein 2.4g; carbohydrates 49.6g; fat 13.8g; cholesterol 40.7mg; sodium 256.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (25)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
It isn't Christmas at our house without this cranberry pudding. We make it in the crock pot using the cake pan. Very easy and always a hit. My daughters now make it for their in-laws. When we are in Africa cranberries aren't available so we us plums. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/01/2010
I tasted this dessert and it was delicious. Now I did follow this recipe and it turned out weird. It s like there was not enough liquid in it and not enough baking soda. It turned out like a ball of playdough tough and rubbery. Read More
(2)
30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
It isn't Christmas at our house without this cranberry pudding. We make it in the crock pot using the cake pan. Very easy and always a hit. My daughters now make it for their in-laws. When we are in Africa cranberries aren't available so we us plums. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
I ship this frozen to all my relatives - they insist on it. It can thaw and be refrozen with no adverse affects. It is fat free before sauced! I steam and ship the pudding in fancy christmas tins! Perfect for gift giving Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2008
This recipe is an old family favorite for generations. You can make it in a cake pan and then cut into small squares. If you split the square in the middle 2 pieces it absorbs more sauce and turns into something quite spectacular! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2009
I followed a reviewers advice and put the pudding in a 9x13 pan increasing the ingredients 1 1/2 times so it would fit the pan better. I covered it with foil and baked it in another (little bigger) pan of water at 325. I think it turned out the way it was supposed to the berries popped and it was not sour. My problem was with the sauce it was gritty from the sugar. I am going to try it again since the flavor was good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2008
This is the exact recipe my mother-in-law gave me 36 years ago. She had prepared it for her family every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have made this recipe over seventy times myself! I cut the berries in half if they are large and I steam the pudding in a decorative German steamer (the ones that look like little bundt pans with lids). I also make the sauce in a double boiler. Pudding and sauce reheat well (separately) on lower power (70%) in the microwave oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2006
This is the best! My family looks forward to it every Christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2007
This is a delicious pudding cake. My recipe calls for an additional 1/2 cup light karo syrup and no salt at all. But other than that it is the same recipe. Don't hesitate to try it. It's really quite delicious! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/01/2010
I tasted this dessert and it was delicious. Now I did follow this recipe and it turned out weird. It s like there was not enough liquid in it and not enough baking soda. It turned out like a ball of playdough tough and rubbery. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2008
Yummm!!! I loved this when I was a kid and I was so excited to make it for my family. We all loved it. Thank you. Read More
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