Treacle pudding

A classic steamed syrup sponge - simple to make and guaranteed to please.

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  1. Grease a 1litre/1¾ pints pudding basin with butter. Put the golden syrup in to the bottom of the basin.

  2. In a separate bowl, using an electric hand whisk, mix the flour, baking powder, butter, eggs, sugar and treacle until well combined.

  3. Pour the mixture into the basin and cover with a piece of greaseproof paper.

  4. Take a piece of tin foil and make a pleat down the middle, then place this over the top of pudding basin and tie it in place like a lid. The pleat allows the foil to expand during cooking.

  5. Place an upturned saucer or a ramekin in a deep saucepan and sit the pudding on top. Add boiling water until it comes half-way up the basin. Place a lid on the pan and simmer gently to stream the pudding for about 2¼ hours, topping up the water as necessary.

  6. To check if the pudding is cooked, insert a metal skewer into the pudding. If it comes out clean it is ready.

  7. Carefully remove the pudding from the pan. Loosen the edges by running a knife around the pudding and turn out onto a plate.

How-to videos

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Steaming a pudding

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Wrapping a pudding for steaming