How to steam Christmas pudding in an oven?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to steam Christmas pudding in an oven?”, and how to make individual Christmas pudding in an oven?

How to steam Christmas pudding in an oven?

If you do not have a steamer, cook your pudding in an oven or slow cooker. More on this is in the article below.

Prepare the mold 

Butter your mold 

A steamer, pudding basin, or any oven-safe dish would do the job. To ensure that the pudding turns out easily onto the serving plate, lightly greasing the pan with butter is very important. 

Fill the greased mold with the pudding mixture

Add the prepared pudding mixture into the pudding pan 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 mold. 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 basin with some extra paper hanging off the basin 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 basin with them. Press down the edges of the foil so that the rim of the pudding basin is sealed.

Tie the foil and baking paper in place

Cut a kitchen string slightly longer than the circumference of your mold. Then wrap and tie the twine underneath the rim of your mold. 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 mold to make a little handle.

Steam in the Oven 

Preheat the oven

Preheat your oven to 350 °F (177 °C). This should take about 10-15 minutes.

Place the covered mold in a deep roasting pan 

Whatever pan you choose, it should have sides that are  5 inches (13 cm) tall. Lower your mold into the roasting pan. Line the roasting pan with a kitchen towel if you fear the mold might slip during steaming.

Pour water in the roasting pan 

Fill the roasting pan with 2 in (5.1 cm) of water, so that it is reaching halfway up the sides of the mold.

Bake the pudding 

Bake the pudding in the preheated oven for about 2 hours. Check for doneness by inserting a skewer in the center of the pudding. If it comes out wet, bake the pudding for an additional 10-15 minutes.

How to make individual Christmas pudding in an oven? 


  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 750g mixed dried fruit
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) brandy
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) fresh orange juice
  • 200g butter, at room temperature
  • 120g (2/3 cup, lightly packed) brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 115g (3/4 cup) plain flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 105g (1 1/2 cups) fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old bread)
  • 100g good-quality dark chocolate, finely grated

Brandy cream

  • 250ml (1 cup) thin cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbsp brandy


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Lightly grease eight 250ml (1-cup) capacity muffin pans with butter.
  1. Pour brandy and juice in a saucepan and bring to a light simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in the mixed fruit. Set it aside to cool. 
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Then beat in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. 
  1. Sift the flour and mixed spice over the butter mixture. Stir in the breadcrumbs, chocolate, and fruit mixture. 
  1. Divide the pudding mixture equally into the greased muffin pans. Level the surface of the mixture using the back of a spoon. Line the surface of the pudding mixture with a disc of baking paper. 
  1. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. When the time is up, let the puds rest in the pans for about 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack for cooling.
  1. In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Then stir in the brandy and the brandy cream is ready. 
  1. Take out the puddings onto the serving plates. Top with brandy cream to serve.

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In this article, we answered the question “How to steam Christmas pudding in an oven?”, and how to make individual Christmas pudding in an oven?


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