Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Steamed Christmas Pudding

More than 30 years ago my mother decided to start a new Christmas tradition that reflected her English roots. After much research, she found a recipe for steamed pudding that she loved. Each Christmas season, she would serve this pudding in a beautiful presentation of flaming pudding on a holly decorated plate. The grandchildren especially enjoyed the flames and fire as grandma carried this festive dessert to the table. This is her recipe, which she converted to gluten-free and vegan.

Steamed Christmas Pudding

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup amaranth flour*
1/4 cup sweet rice flour*
1/4 cup garbanzo flour*
1/4 cup tapioca starch*
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup grated raw carrots
1 cup grated raw potatoes
1/4 cup raw grated apple
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts, walnuts
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp. black walnut extract

Mix all ingredients together until moist. Place mixture in a prepared Pyrex bowl and cover with foil until secured. Put in a kettle of gently boiling water and cover with lid. Water should be 3/4 of the way up the side of the bowl. Steam for four hours, adding more water as necessary. Additional steaming is okay, but will result in an even darker pudding.

Serve with apple gravy (thickened apple juice concentrate with cinnamon added). To flame: soak sugar or sugar cubes in pure almond extract. Working quickly, place on top of pudding and light with a match. Take to table while flaming for a beautiful presentation.

*All-purpose flour may be substituted for the gluten-free flours given.


  1. Is this the famous "figgy pudding"? I can't imagine! It looks pretty enough. It sounds unique.

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I've always wanted to try making a steamed pudding.

  3. Yum, Christmas pudding - I love the stuff! :) And very sweet and inclusive to include a vegan and a gluten-free recipe as well :)

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Love steam Christmas puddings! When my children were young I made them for several years and then stopped. Not sure why. I did make my mother's steamed persimmon pudding last year and it was delicious. Now you have inspired me to give this some thought. I think I need to stop visiting blogs for awhile, everyone is inspiring me to bake and make candy.


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