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Steamed Chocolate Sponge Pudding

This week I fancied something a little different and I’ve been looking to make a steamed pudding for a while. So, with thoughts of doing a ginger or golden syrup pudding I asked the family and they said chocolate!

This is a basic recipe for a steamed chocolate sponge pudding. It’s very much like making a chocolate cake but the cooking is different. Steaming gives the cake a different texture, hence it’s more like a pudding than a cake. It’s also a much slower method of cooking so allow plenty of time.

The pudding would be nice served with custard or chocolate sauce but I decided to go for whipped cream.


Serves: 4
  • 75g self raising flour
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 15g cornflour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation method

  • cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time beating in between until well combined.
  • sift in the flour, cocoa, cornflour and salt
  • fold in to combine
  • transfer batter to a pudding bowl and cover with foil (or buttered greaseproof paper)
  • place the bowl in a large pan of water, the water should reach about half way up the pudding bowl
  • cover the pan and steam for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, check the water often so that it doesn’t boil dry.
  • the pudding is cooked when it has risen and is firm.

Steamed chocolate Pudding Steamed chocolate Pudding


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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in other food


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Citrus and Spice Shortbread

I’m a big lover of Abel & Cole for my organic fruit and veg (and lots more!) I get really excited when my box arrives on a Wednesday morning, I know it probably sounds daft getting excited over fruit and veg but I just can’t help myself. Not only that, but just before Christmas the year before last when all my food deliveries were being cancelled because of the snow, the Abel & Cole driver was the only one to make it through.


This Christmas they gifted me a lovely calendar for my wall filled with delicious recipes. For January it is Citrus and spice Shortbread and when my eldest son saw it he demanded I make it. I’ve never made shortbread before, honestly, so I decided to give it a go. ohhh this is so much more yummy than any shop bought shortbread I’ve bought. I think I still need practice in getting the shape and cooking times just right, but it didn’t effect the taste.

Here is the recipe from Abel & Cole



Prep: 15 mins

Bake: 20 mins

Serves: 8


  • 150g unsalted butter, cubed and softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 orange or clementine, zest only*
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of ground cloves
  • A pinch of ground or fresh ginger
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150g plain white flour
  • 75g cornflour
  • Extra sugar and spices for dusting – about 2 tbsp sugar to 1/2 tsp spice

*Avoid pesticide residues and other nasties by always buying organic citrus when a recipe calls for zest.

Preheat your oven to 170C/Gas 3.

Beat the butter till it’s soft. Mix in the sugar, zest and spice.

Add the salt and sift in the flours. Stir till it combines. Use your hands to gently bring the dough together – knead it as lightly and as little as possible.

Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough. Cut out biscuits or make a traditional cake by flattening it into a circle that will fit a circular baking tray. Line with parchment paper if the tin doesn’t have a removeable base. Create wedges – make a good indentation so you can cut it properly once cooked.

Use a fork to evenly prick a pattern into the dough.

Bake for about 20 mins till it’s very lightly coloured. Dust with spiced sugar while still warm. Allow to cool on a wire rack.


My finished Citrus and Spice Shortbread

My finished Citrus and Spice Shortbread

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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in other food