How to steam Christmas pudding without a steamer?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to steam Christmas pudding without a steamer?”, and how to steam a pudding in a steamer?

How to steam Christmas pudding without a steamer?

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

How to steam a pudding without a steamer?

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.

Method 1: Oven technique 

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 enter of the pudding. If it comes out wet, bake the pudding for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Method 2: Slow cooker option 

Place the mold in the slow cooker

Place your pudding mold right in the center of the slow cooker. The slow cooker should be large enough to easily accommodate the mold.

Fill the slow cooker with water

Pour water into the slow cooker such that it comes halfway up the pudding dish. The water does not need to be boiled first because the slow cooker heats up quickly. 

Cook the pudding 

Close the lid of the slow cooker and coo your pudding for about 3-4 hours.

How to cook the pudding in a steamer?

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 mold. 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 dish 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.

Other FAQs about Pudding that you may be interested in.

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Can you eat Christmas pudding when breastfeeding?


In this article, we answered the question “How to steam Christmas pudding without a steamer?”, and how to steam a pudding in a steamer?


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