Christmas Is All About Steamed Puddings, Custard and Cakes


December 18, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

Pudding-steamed-Christmas-whatsonthelist-recipeHands up, who loves Christmas Steamed Puddings, Custard and Cakes?
I see LOTS of hands up in Internet Land!

Courtesy of Pursuit Communications and Ian (Herbie) Hemphill of Herbies Spices, his Mixed Spice (which was last month’s Spice of the Month #HerbiesSOTM) made its way to my kitchen to try and create a Steamed Pudding or Cake!
Herbies-mixed-spice-jpgWith this “gracious offer extended,” was provided with two exclusive recipes: (reproduced with permission)
Pudding-steamer-whatsonthelistRich Spiced Christmas Cake which is “Herbie’s favourite cake recipe, given verbatim from the original publication: Cooking with Herbs and Spices by his mother, Rosemary Hemphill.”

Christmas Pudding which is “another of Herbie’s favourites taken verbatim from Entertaining with Margaret Fulton; Herbie has known Margaret Fulton since he was 12.
I was asked to “be as creative as can be!”

For those who may not be familiar with Margaret Fulton (perhaps maybe one or two people on the planet! lol), Ms. Fulton is the “gurus of all cooking gurus” ; The Margaret Fulton Cookbook was published in 1968; a revised edition was sold in 2010 and has sold 1.5 million copies!

My name is Joanne aka Joanna aka mickeydownunder aka FANG and I have some confessions today!

I had never made a steamed pudding or custard from scratch to date and to “think” I could even attempt to make Herbie’s mother’s recipe or Ms. Fulton’s recipe, sent my heart in a Christmas twitter-patter!

PLEASE…do not mention to Ms. Fulton, I have never made one of her recipes to date , but in 2014, is “on my list to do!”

I will also confess I KNOW I could have followed either recipe “easily”, but chose to instead create a steamed pudding and custard.

With this “be as creative as can be” inside my head, I created my very first and original Joanna’s Christmas Pudding Recipe!

Joanna's Christmas Pudding
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Easy Christmas Steamed Pudding that I hope will inspire your creativity!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australiana
Serves: 16
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1½ teaspoons Herbie's Mixed Spice
  • 850 grams dried fruit
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tablespoons jam
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • additional water as needed
  1. In a bowl, rub butter into brown sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a third bowl, combine eggs and jam; add to jam dry ingredients.
  4. In a saucepan, boil ⅓ cup water; add to baking soda; add this to mixture until very well combined.
  5. NOTE: makes 2 steamed puddings
  6. Pack mixture in steamed pudding steamer.
  7. Place steam pudding steamer inside stock pot.
  8. Pour remaining boiling water down sides of steamer to cover ¾'s of the steamer.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil.
  10. Place into pre-heated oven at 160C.
  11. Boil for 4 hours, topping up water as need.
  12. Steamed Pudding is done when skewer comes out clean.
  13. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 15 minutes; tip out and serve with homemade custard.

I love learning all things new when it comes to food!

In addition to this being my first Steamed Pudding and Custard, it is the first time using EasyRecipe to create this recipe!; EASY!

Two things things you also might not know:

1. I used a antioxidant combination mix for the fried fruit which consisted of Incaberries, Goji Berries, Blackberries and Cranberries; ground to desired consistency with Thermalina, my new-ish Thermomix!

2. I used Herbie’s Vanilla Bean Powder; using 3 eggs for that “eggy custard” taste!

Have you ever made a Steamed Pudding and Custard from scratch?

Would you feel “a tad unnerved” about making someone’s mother’s recipe or an exclusively shared celebrity recipe?

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Thank you Herbie’s for this fun-filled challenge.

Christmas Is All About Steamed Puddings, Custard and Cakes…wouldn’t you agree….wouldn’t you?


9 thoughts on “Christmas Is All About Steamed Puddings, Custard and Cakes

  1. Winnie says:

    It’s not a familiar cake to me, but I must say it looks and sounds GREAT !!

  2. Well done Joanne doing your own recipe development! 😀 It will make for a super and lovely Christmas dessert!

    • Thanks Lorraine! I have done a number throughout the year but have never put it into this type of format, so am very excited to continue to learn all things new! Thank you for brightening my day and always being supportive of what I do too! 🙂

  3. Louise Di Virgilio says:

    You brought twinkles and tears to my eyes. A beautiful blog.

  4. lizzygoodthings says:

    Just lovely! Season’s eatings to you! : )

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