How to steam a Christmas pudding in a plastic bowl?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to steam a Christmas pudding in a plastic bowl?”, and how to demold the pudding?

How to steam a Christmas pudding in a plastic bowl?

The method you use to cook your Christmas pudding in a pudding dish can also be used for steaming the Christmas pudding in a plastic bowl. Make sure to leave sufficient headspace in the bowl to allow the pudding to expand as it steams. 

In addition to this, you should loosely wrap the parchment paper and the foil over the bowl. Both of these factors will ensure that the pudding does not warp the plastic bowl as it steams. Read on if you want to know how to steam a Christmas pudding in a plastic bowl. 

Step 1: Prepare the mold/plastic bowl

Butter the plastic bowl 

Make sure the plastic is oven-safe. To ensure that the pudding turns out easily onto the serving plate, lightly greasing the bowl with butter is very important. 

Fill the greased bowl with the pudding mixture

Add the prepared pudding mixture into the bowl leaving a 1 in (2.5 cm) of headspace to allow the pudding to expand during steaming. Flatten the surface of the pudding using a spoon. 

Cut the paper and foil

Cut out a square baking paper larger than your pudding bowl. Then cut out a piece of foil that is 1 to 2 in (2.5 to 5.1 cm) larger than your baking paper square. 

You do not have to be very precise. Just make sure that the baking paper is large enough to cover the pudding bowl with some extra paper hanging off the bowl sides.

Make a pleat in the baking paper

Place the baking paper over the foil and then fold both sheets to make a pleat in the center. Once the crease forms, unfold the sheets.

Cover your mold foil-side-up

Set the baking paper square beneath the foil square and cover the pudding bowl with them. Press down the edges of the foil so that the rim of the pudding bowl is sealed.

Tie the foil and baking paper in place

Cut a kitchen string slightly longer than the circumference of the plastic bowl. Then wrap and tie the twine underneath the rim of the bowl. This will tightly secure the foil and baking paper in place. 

Thread another length of twine to create a handle 

Cut another length of twine of the same length as the first one, then thread one end through the length of twine on the mold. Thread the other end through the other side of the twine, then tie the 2 ends together at the top of the bowl to make a little handle.

Step 2: Steaming 

Pour water into the pot 

Fill a pot with about 2 in (5.1 cm) of water. The pot should be larger than the steamer basket. The top surface of the water in the pot should not touch the bottom of the bowl. This will ensure that the pudding is steamed and not boiled.

Place the pot on the stove 

Lower the steamer basket into the pot and heat the pot so that the water is simmering. 

Cook the pudding 

Lower your pudding into the pot such that the bottom of the pudding bowl is not in direct contact with the simmering water. Cover the pot with a lid and cook your pudding for the time suggested in the recipe.

Add more water to the pot if needed

To keep the pudding from scorching, check the water level of your pot after every 20 minutes. Top up more water if needed.

How to demold the pudding?

  1. Lift the pudding, grabbing it by its handle, out of the pot. Place the pudding on a flat surface and cut the strings. Check the doneness of the pudding by inserting a toothpick in the center of the pudding. Steam for a little longer if the toothpick comes out wet.
  1. Use a warm knife to cut all around the inside edges of the mold. The knife should slide easily if you buttered the bowl before filling it with the pudding mixture.
  1. Place a large plate over the pudding bowl. Tihglt holding the plate by its edges, flip the pudding bowl to allow the pudding to slide onto the plate. Let the pudding rest for about 5 minutes before devouring it.
  1. Serve the pudding with cream sauce drizzled on top, custard, or hard sauce.

Other FAQs about Pudding that you may be interested in.

Can you eat Christmas pudding when pregnant?

Can pudding go bad?

Can you substitute cook and serve pudding for an instant in a recipe?

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “How to steam a Christmas pudding in a plastic bowl?”, and how to demold the pudding?

References

https://www.deliaonline.com/ask-lindsey/using-individual-plastic-pudding-basins
https://www.wikihow.com/Steam-a-Pudding