Sunday, 17 February 2013

honey and ginger chocolate steamed pudding




... inspiration comes in all kinds of packages and this month it came in a Choclette from the Chocolate Log Blog... Karen from Lavender and Lovage... and Kate from What Kate Baked shaped box... and a meleange of their fabulous bloggers challenges, we should cocoa and tea time treats... for you see, this month brings us the heady theme of ginger as a suggestion from Jen of Blue Kitchen Bakes who's hosting we should cocoa and the naughty but nice theme of perfect puddings from Kate...

... the moment I read the two challenges my mind began to whir, the rusty, dust-filled cogs lubricated by thoughts of childhood school-dinners and chocolate custard... steamed puddings and crystalized ginger... it was simply too good a combination not to create this heavenly delight... a perfect pudding for Sunday lunch perhaps... so what are you waiting for, get to it...



honey and ginger chocolate steamed pudding
the original recipe for this steamed pudding which I found on-line included stem ginger and the syrup from the stem ginger jar... of which I had neither.  Of course I wanted to include the ginger flavour but all I had was ground ginger... and I think i cracked it with the flavour by creating a ground ginger paste with the honey and golden syrup that has worked beautifully... so here's my recipe.

you will need a 1.2 litre pudding basin or about 6 ramekins

for the ginger paste
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 teaspoon ground ginger

for the sponge pudding
175g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (or 3 if you're using plain flour)
175g golden caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
175g butter
3 large eggs
2 tbsp milk

grease your pudding basin and then cut a square of parchment paper, scrunch it up then flatten it out and use this to line the bottom of the basin.

for the paste, vigorously stir together the syrup, honey and ginger until combined then pour this into the bottom of the basin

in a large bowl combine all the sponge ingredients and whisk together with an electric whisk until you have a smooth batter and pour this on top of the ginger paste in the basin, smooth the top and place a pleated piece of foil on top

steam in a steamer for 2 hours, remembering to top up the water at regular intervals

turn out, remove the paper and serve.

eat and of course, enjoy!


32 comments:

  1. Yummy, pass me the ice cream I'm salivating just looking at this picture. Very clever to invent your own alternative to stem ginger and syrup, I always just dismiss those recipes but will try your trick now:-) Is it a 2 pint pudding basin?

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  2. Oh my oh my that looks very delicious indeed! Pass a spoon over. x

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  3. It's a thing of beauty Dom. Now pass the custard!

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  4. Wonderful smooth, soft n luscious pudding.

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  5. What a wonderful pudding; the thought of it has set my taste buds off. Perfection!

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  6. Wow, that does look really really good! And with a dollop of custard? Palpitations, here!

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  7. I love the idea of making a British pudding, American pudding is very different. It's all done directly on the stove top with milk, or cream, either boxed or homemade.

    I'd love to see what you use for pans, along with some photos of the cooking process - I know, I've asked a lot!

    XO

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  8. Oh fabulous Dom. I do like a good steamed pudding and I've never had this combination before. It's like a treacle pud but with ginger and cocoa - love it. Love your ginger paste too. Thanks for playing along with We Should Cocoa :)

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  9. Yum, I do love the sound of ginger and chocolate steamed sponge pudding. I'd be delicious with some custard too....

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  10. This really sounds like the perfect pudding - such a lovely warm combination of flavours!

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  11. Honey and ginger: a classic combination. Add it to chocolate pudding - wow! If that was on the menu I'd order it, no doubt about it.

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  12. Totally divine and a pudding lover's heaven! x

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  13. yep, definitely a billion calories but what a great way to have them.

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  14. Boy Dom, this looks delicious. I believe you have made other steamed puddings and like Mary(OBCS) said we aren't very familiar with this type of cooking method for pudding in the US. I have seen the fancy pudding molds at specialty kitchen stores close to Christmas and always wanted to buy one.

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  15. That dessert is to die for..... YUM!!!

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  16. Oh Dom, what stunning pictures! This pudding looks oh so, so good... drools...

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  17. What a terrific flavor you get from ground ginger and cocoa! I want to dig in right away......

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  18. Looks amazing. The Husband has been hankering for steamed puddings too. Shall be giving it a whirl.

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  19. Oh wow.....that looks gorgeous!!!

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  20. I have a pudding basin I was sent for review last year, I need to get on with it, so this is very inspiring!

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  21. I came to your blog via Marks veg plot and had to smile to myself.I went to make a ginger cake today and after weighing out flour and spices realised I didnt have any syrup.I had treacle and my recipe usually has 4oz treacle and 2oz of syrup,so instead of syrup I just used honey,bit of serendipity to then find you recipe.Will have to follow you now to see what else we put together the same!

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  22. This looks so insanely good... a real indulgent winter pudding! I also like your improvisation with the ginger paste, stem ginger can bea bit pricey but I always have ground ginger - and all the other ingredients for this - on hand, which thinking about it could be quite dangerous...

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  23. I love that Nigel is your Dish of the Month, Dom. I'd love to cut his hair!

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  24. Bloody GORGEOUS Dom! Thanks so much for baking that for Tea Time Treats and what a lovely looking pud!Karen

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  25. PS: Clever combo of flavours too! xx

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  26. Lovely comfort food. Mmmmm.

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  27. Yummmmmmm....steamed pudding. Right, you've inspired our tea tonight! We'll have savoury stuff too but its all about the steamed pud for the dessert! Thank you for entering TTT!

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  28. Wow, this brings back memories from when I'd buy the microwave jobs from Safeway in my bachelor pad days! I just know yours will taste a gazillion times better :)

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  29. This is so right for a cold February - it looks great. I'm impressed that you were inspired by thoughts of school dinners - I prefer to forget mine.

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  30. Looks amazing and I love how you adapted the recipe to create your own ginger paste. Thanks for entering into We Should Cocoa

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