Sticky toffee pudding

How to steam a pudding

April 13, 2020
Although steaming a pudding may sound like a daunting challenge, it’s actually quite simple once you know how. How to steam a pudding in 7 easy steps.

Although steaming a pudding may sound like a daunting challenge, it’s actually quite simple once you know how. A lot of modern pudding basins have made it even easier by including a raised lid. Below I will outline the technique to secure the top of a traditional pudding basin and how to steam puddings in order to make desserts such as sticky toffee pudding.

If you don’t have a lipped pudding basin to hand, you can use any lipped heatproof bowl. To demonstrate this, I have used a stainless steel bowl with a very small lip in the photos for this article.

Upturned plate in large stock pot being filled with water

Step 1

Grab a large lidded saucepan and place an upturned saucer or plate in the bottom (if you have a suitable trivet then use that). Fill the saucepan with enough water to reach halfway up the pudding basin and heat to boiling.

Bowl filled with pudding batter

Step 2

Fill the pudding basin with your desired pudding mixture. Make sure you leave enough room for the pudding to rise.

Parchment paper and foil folded

Step 3

Take a large enough piece of greaseproof paper to cover the top of your pudding basin and fold a pleat. Take some aluminium foil and do the same.

Bowl with foil on top being secured with string

Step 4

Place both the greaseproof paper followed by the aluminium foil on top of the bowl, and using a piece of string, secure them in place under the bowls rim. Trim the foil and paper to about 1 inch away from the string.

Bowl with foil top secured by string with string handle

Step 5

Take a double length of string and use it to make a handle for lifting in and out of the pot easily. Tie it to both sides of the string you used to secure the lid.

Pudding basin secured with foil top being lowered into large stock pot

Step 6

Carefully lower your pudding into the boiling water. Place the lid on your saucepan adjust the heat so that the water is only just boiling. Follow your recipes instructions for cooking length being careful to regularly check the water level is adequate.

Sticky toffee pudding

Step 7

After your pudding has finished cooking, carefully remove the pudding basin from your pot using the handle you made earlier. Let the pudding stand for a few minutes before removing the foil and paper from the top. Loosen the edges of the pudding with a knife. Place a deep plate upside down on top of your pudding basin and turn both over together. Lift off the pudding basin and enjoy.

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