Steamed puddings may seem a bit old fashioned but they really are so delicious they shouldn’t be forgotten. This orange and stem ginger pudding is served with a light orange foam sauce which compliments the pudding perfectly.
Orange and Stem Ginger Pudding with Orange Foam Sauce
It’s been a while since I made a steamed pudding which is odd in a way because as a child it was a staple of our home cooking. I loved them then and I still love them now, but then I love pudding full stop!
I wonder if it is something to do with being a Bakers child. Paul Hollywood loves them too and so for pudding week the Great British Bake Off contestants had to make a signature steamed pudding reminiscence of a school dinners pudding. At this point I should point out there was nothing about school dinners that I liked. Tough sponge and pink custard yuk!
So for my Bake Off inspired recipe this week, I have done as the contestants did, and brought this old fashioned pudding bang up to date. Steamed pudding can be very sweet so I wanted mine to have a fresher flavour. Instead of jam or syrup on the top of the pudding I opted for fresh orange slices. To make sure they stayed nice and moist I added a little of the stem ginger syrup as well.
An orange flavoured sponge might have been a bit plain which is where the stem ginger came in. Not too much I didn’t want this to be a ginger flavoured pudding, but just a hint to enhance the orange. I added one piece, but you could add two at a push if you want a little more spice in your pud but I wouldn’t add anymore than that.
Instead of serving with custard I made a light orange flavoured sauce from fresh orange juice with the addition of whisked egg whites to give it a slightly foamy texture. It’s seriously delicious and in this case much nicer than custard. I made the mistake of making too little (what was I thinking) for my test so for the recipe here I have doubled the quantity I made.
Orange and Stem Ginger Pudding Step by Step
An old fashioned style pudding, brought up to date with fresh orange and stem ginger flavours and served with an easy to make light orange foam sauce.
- 1 stem ginger plus 1 tbsp of syrup from the jar
- 1 orange
- 125 g butter
- 125 g golden caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 125 g plain flour (all purpose)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp warm water
- 50 g butter
- 50 g golden caster suagr
- 2 oranges
- 2 large eggs separated
- 2 tbsp plain flour (all purpose)
Chop the ginger. Place 1 tbsp of the syrup from the jar in the bottom of a lightly greased 900ml (2pt) pudding basin.
Finely grate the zest from the orange and set aside. Cut away the peel and slice the orange. Arrange the orange slices in the pudding basin.
Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1 tbsp of flour with the second egg to prevent the mixture from curdling.
Add the orange zest and ginger to the bowl, then sift in the remaining flour and baking powder. Add 1 tbsp warm, not hot water and carefully fold the mixture together until just combined. Spoon into the prepared pudding basin and level the top.
Cover with a sheet of baking parchment and a sheet of foil and tie to secure. Steam for 1½ hours. To test the pudding is cooked a skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean.
Allow the pudding to cool in the basin for at least 5 minutes before turning out onto a warm serving plate.
Prepare the the sauce just before ready to serve. Beat the butter and sugar together in a saucepan until combined.
finely grate the zest from the oranges and beat into the butter and sugar mixture. Then beat in the eggs yolks, followed by the flour.
Squeeze the juice from the oranges and make up to 300ml (½pt). Beat into the butter mixture, do not worry that the mixture looks curdled at this point. Heat gently stirring until the mixture thickens.
Whisk the egg whites until standing in soft peaks. Slowly add the hot orange mixture to the egg whites folding in to combine. Serve with the orange and stem ginger pudding.
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