Thursday, July 5, 2012

How to Prepare Tasty Steamed Puddings

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What can be better than a mouth watering, delicious warm pudding that you can enjoy in your home getting all cozy while it's gloomy and freezing outside!

There is hardly anyone who doesn’t like puddings! And among all the versions of puddings available in the world, steamed pudding is very famous in Great Britain, Europe and Australia. This steamed pudding has a long and loving history, because of its YUMMY taste!

These steamed puddings are denser than most of the usual baked pudding. And they are being served with various sauces, including, chocolate, lemon, butterscotch, and other different kinds of sauce. Using these sauces add an extra taste to the steamed puddings flavour. These steamed puddings were originated in Great Britain, and have a base of Flour, cereal, with butter, sugar, or honey. These steamed pudding can be of different types; Savoury, Dessert.

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The most famous steamed pudding is the English Christmas pudding. This steamed pudding is made with flour and bread crumbs, several eggs, and sugar. Later some candid fruits like raisins, plumbs, or cherries are used to increase the taste. And one can add different kinds of nuts, to make it tastier. Chocolate pudding is another favourite pudding of all time. This steamed pudding is quiet easy to make. All you need is chocolate, butter, flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, egg, caster sugar, milk with added vanilla essence. You just need 1 hour 30 minutes to cook this chocolate steamed pudding.

There is one kind of Savoury pudding that most of the people is familiar with, whether they have prepared it or not, is steak and kidney pie, a favourite lunch in Great Britain. This pudding is made by putting together diced steak and beef, and lamb’s or pig’s kidney pieces in gravy pastry. This type of pudding most of the time contains mushrooms in addition with other kind of herbs.

Another type of steamed pudding is sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce. You can always order online but in case if you want to try this yummy steamed pudding at home, the ingredients and preparation method to serve 10 people is shared:



Delicious Steamed Puddings from Pud For All Seasons

For the Pudding:
  • 250g pitted dates 
  • 300ml water  
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda  
  • 60g butter  
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar  
  • 3 large eggs  
  • 1 1/4 cups (185g) self-raising flour

For the Butterscotch Sauce:
  • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar 
  • 125g butter  
  • 375ml thickened cream  
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Preparation Method

 Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes

For the Pudding

1. Combine the dates and water in a medium saucepan; bring it to the boil. Stir in the soda. Remove from the heat.
2. Cream the butter and sugar in a food processor; add eggs, one at a time. Add the date mixture and process for 10 seconds. Add the flour; process for 20 seconds or until just combined.
3. Grease a 1.5 litre (6-cup) pudding basin. Pour the mixture into the basin. Cover the pudding with a greased piece of wax paper or foil and then the lid.
4. Put the bowl inside a covered steamer with boiling water coming halfway up the sides of the basin. Boil for 1.25 to 1.5 hours.

For the Butterscotch Sauce

5. Combine the sugar, butter, cream and essence in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until smooth.
6. Serve the pudding drizzled with the sauce.

You should definitely try making all these yummy steamed puddings at your home. But do use the best quality ingredients, always. And you can always get different kind of pudding sauces at some well known, reliable pudding stores.