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250Total Time
20Prep Time
230Bake Time

Steamed Syrup Pudding

Celebrity recipe
  • Vegetarian

About the bake

This steamed syrup pudding recipe is a timeless classic. It's a simple recipe and a real crowd pleaser. We've used Nielsen-Massey Vanilla which brings an authentic Vanilla flavour to the bake. For the ultimate in luxury, make your own custard. We have the perfect Vanilla Custard recipe.

250Total Time
20Prep Time
230Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Butter a 1 litre pudding bowl. Cut a circle about two times larger than the pudding basin diameter, of baking paper and kitchen foil. Butter the baking parchment.

  2. Step 2:

    Cream the butter, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest together until smooth and pale and creamy, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Fold in the flour until combined. Add the milk to loosen the mix. 

  3. Step 3:

    Mix the lemon juice and golden syrup together and then pour into the bottom of the bowl.

  4. Step 4:

    Spoon all the sponge mix over the syrup. Pleat the buttered baking paper circle by folding over an inch of paper in the centre. Repeat with the foil. This allows for expansion of the pudding as it cooks.

  5. Step 5:

    Place the paper butter side down and the foil over the bowl and tie tightly with string, the seam will allow for the sponge to rise up a little. 

  6. Step 6:

    Put an upturned heatproof saucer or small trivet in a large saucepan and place the pudding basin on top. Add enough just-boiled water to the pan to come halfway up the sides of the basin. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and place over a low heat. Steam gently in simmering water for 1¾ - 2 hours, adding more water to the pan if necessary. (Make sure the pan does not boil dry.)

  7. Step 7:

    The pudding is done when a skewer inserted into the centre of the pudding (through the kitchen foil and baking paper) comes out clean. When done, turn off the heat and carefully lift the basin from the water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes. Once cool enough to handle remove the paper and foil and invert the pudding onto a serving plate. 


  • For the Sponge

    • 200g Salted butter
    • 200g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-massey vanilla extract or bean paste
    • Zest of 1 Lemon
    • 4 Medium eggs
    • 200g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 50ml Whole milk
    • 5 tbsp Silver Spoon Golden Syrup
    • Juice of 1 Lemon


  • Pudding basin

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