Steamed Golden Syrup Sponge

Steamed Golden Syrup Sponge

A real taste of childhood, at least here in the UK, the classic steamed pudding is a proper British tradition. It might even be considered a bit retro, but there’s nothing out of date with this beauty. Moist sponge, sticky sweet syrup, this is definitely an occasionally treat, and a great way to finish a special Sunday feast.

Steamed Golden Syrup Sponge

Steamed Golden Syrup Sponge

A classic British steamed pud, with lashings of golden syrup and a hint of spice
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 6 people
Calories 534 kcal

Equipment

  • 1.2L or 2 pint pudding basin, with lid
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Kitchen Foil
  • Cooking Twine
  • Bowl and wooden spoon or mixer or electric hand whisk
  • large saucepan with lid
  • trivet or saucer

Ingredients
 
 

  • 175 g unsalted butter softened
  • 25 g unsalted butter for greasing, cold
  • 125 g golden caster sugar
  • 125 g golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium lemon zest only
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175 g self raising flour
  • .5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice

Instructions
 

  • Rub the cold butter around the inside of the pudding basin. Cut out circles of greaseproof paper and foil approx twice the diameter of the basin top.
  • In a stand mixer, or using a bowl and wooden spoon, or an electric whisk, beat half the golden syrup, the sugar and the butter until light and fluffy. Whisk in the beaten eggs and flour a bit at time, alternating them, until fully incorporated
  • Whisk in the beaten eggs and flour a bit at time, alternating them, until fully incorporated, then stir through the spice, vanilla and zest. The mixture should be a dropping consistency, add a bit more milk if too thick, a little more flour if too liquid.
  • Spoon the remaining golden syrup into the base of the basin, then pour over the batter and smooth the surface.
  • Fold the greaseproof in half, and pleat so that there's an inch overlap. Do the same with the foil. This allows for any expansion as the pudding cooks. Cover with the paper first, then the foil.
  • Using the twine, tie tightly around the rim ensuring it holds the paper and foil in place. Loop up and over the pudding to create a handle.
  • Put the trivet or an upturned saucer into the bottom of the saucepan, and place the basin on top. Add just enough boiled water to come halfway up the sides of the basin.
  • Cover, and simmer on a low heat for one hour and thirty minutes. Check the pan regularly and top up the water as needed.
  • If you're not sure it's cooked, insert a skewer and remove. If it comes out clean, it's cooked. Otherwise, give it an extra 20 minutes.
  • Cut the string, remove the paper and foil. Run a knife around the edge of the basin, then turn out onto a large, deep, plate, taking care not splash yourself with the hot syrup.
  • Cut into good sized wedges, and serve with custard or vanilla ice cream

Notes

As an alternative to steaming, if you use a plastic pudding basin you can microwave the pudding with surprisingly good results. You won’t get the full colour, but the taste is still great. 
Instead of the paper and foil to cover, use a large microwave safe plate over the top. Microwave on full power for 3 and a half minutes. Then visually check. If still uncooked in the centre, give it another minute and check again. When it looks firm, double check with a skewer.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Steamed Golden Syrup Sponge
Amount per Serving
Calories
534
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
30
g
46
%
Saturated Fat
 
18
g
113
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
165
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
41
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
100
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
61
g
20
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
38
g
42
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Calories
534
Keyword Autumn, Comfort food, one-pot, Warming, Winter
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