1. Steamed Jam Pudding
In a small bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Stir in vanilla essence. Lightly fold flour and milk alternately into creamed mixture until well combined. Lightly grease pudding tin/ bowl. Spoon jam into base and then fill with the mixture over it. Cover tin/ container tightly with greased, baking paper, then foil, and secure with kitchen string around the container’s rim. Place a small trivet in to pressure cooker. Lower the pudding onto the trivet. Pour in 4 cups boiling water (water should reach no more than halfway up the container). Close the pressure cooker with the weight/ whistle. Bring up to pressure/ until steam escapes at a constant rate and there is a regular hissing sound. Reduce heat. Cook on medium for 40 minutes. Release pressure. Remove lid and lift pudding from cooker. Set aside 10 minutes. Remove string, foil and paper. Turn onto a plate. Serve hot with cream and custard.
PS. This pudding may also be served cold with ice cream.
2. Steamed Bread Pudding
There must be a dozen ways to make bread pudding. Our Grandmothers made it and it has remained a staple dessert item. This recipe below is with a twist to the good old bread pudding. Do try it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes
Take a shallow steaming container/plate and grease it well using some of the butter. Now place the bread squares at the bottom of the dish to form a base.
Whisk together milk, eggs and sugar. Pour this mixture over the bread evenly. Sprinkle the lemon zest [optional] and the crushed nuts over it.
Secure the top of the baking dish firmly. Place inside the steamer and cook for at least 30 minutes.
While the pudding is cooking make the caramel sauce… In a pan put in a tablespoon of sugar and the rest of the butter. Allow sugar to caramelize and turn brown. Lower the flame and add a little water to it. Stir well making sure that all the sugar has melted. Remove the sauce and add a few drops of vanilla essence to it. Those who wish to may add a spoon full of brandy or rum to the sauce.
Open and check with a toothpick the centre of the pudding is cooked.
Remove from steamer and allow it to cool. Carefully invert it onto the serving plate. Pour the caramel sauce over and serve warm or cool.
PS. In certain places it is common to serve this pudding with ice cream.
3. Steamed Chocolate Pudding
This is a delicious comforting pudding for all chocolate lovers.
Prep time:15 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar together. To this add the egg and whisk well. Stir in the chocolate powder. Next add the flour [sifted with the baking powder], salt and milk. Combine thoroughly. Pour into a well greased mould and place inside a steamer. Steam the pudding for about two hours.
Remove and allow it to cool. Invert the pudding onto a plate and serve with vanilla custard or ice cream.