Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding

Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding

Continuing the theme of autumnal desserts I am pleased to present you with my Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding. It is my first pumpkin dessert on the blog and definitely not the last.

Plums, apples and pumpkins are like holy trinity of autumnal baking. Check out the autumnal bakes I’ve made so far this season Best Buttery Apple Pie with a Twist and Italian Plum & Almond Cake with Amaretti Crunch .Did I mention Pumpkin & Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread?

Inspired yet again by Great British Bake Off and the “pudding week” I decided to create my own autumnal version of Britain’s famous steamed pudding. I thought that combination of pumpkin puree (check out my guide on how to make your Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree), mixed spice and damson plum conserve will be simply stunning. I was right! πŸ™‚

Steamed pudding is really easy to make! It may not be the quickest and steaming process requires some supervision but preparation of the sponge batter itself couldn’t be simpler. All you need is equal amount of self-raising flour, sugar, butter and eggs and the topping and flavourings of your choice. Bit of mixing, equipment prep and you’re on your way to pudding heaven.

Equipment, Preparation & Steaming !

When it comes to getting your pudding wrapped for steaming it’s actually not that difficult. Once you’ve prepared your sponge batter and all is ready to go you will need rather large piece of baking paper and aluminium foil. Put foil on top of the paper and fold a large pleat in the middle of both which will allow pudding to expand as it cooks. Lay both paper and foil on top of your basin and secure with a string or a strong thread. Make sure you tie it really well not to allow any water into the pudding basin itself. Done!

The whole steaming process might seem a bit daunting at first but it really isn’t. All you need is rather large pot with tightly fitting lid (I use my old trusty stock pot), some sort of steaming rack or trivet or simply a small saucer turned upside down. That’s it! All you need to do now is to put your pudding on your steaming rack, and fill the pot with boiling water half way up the sides of the pudding. Don’t forget to make a cuppa while you’re at it! πŸ˜‰ Pop the lid on, put the pot on a medium heat (which you turn down to low once water comes to boil again) and let it simmer for 2 hours. Check the water level now and again as it might need topping up.

One last thing you need is patience but that will be rewarded I promise! πŸ™‚

Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding

It is so extremely satisfying to see your pud emerging from the basin after two hours of steaming. It looks really pretty and smells j just divine! I think it is a perfect post Sunday lunch pud with compulsory lashings of custards in our house! I really hope you give this one a go.

Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding

Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding

Yield: 4-6

Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding


  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g pumpkin purΓ©e
  • 4 tbsp plum conserve
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    1.2ltr pudding basin


  1. Start with generously buttering the pudding basin and add plum conserve to the bottom of the basin.
  2. Put flour, baking powder, mixed spice, butter and sugar in the food processor all at once and mix together. Start adding eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Don't overmix.
  3. Add pumpkin purΓ©e and mix until incorporated.
  4. Pour the sponge butter onto the pudding basin on top of the plum conserve.
  5. Cover the pudding basin with large piece of baking paper and aluminium foil and tie with a string to secure (see tips in the post above).
  6. Place a steaming rack or overturned saucer on the bottom of the large pan and place your pudding basin on top. Fill the pot with boiling water half way up the side of the basin and cover with tight fitting lid.
  7. Steam for 2 hrs, topping up with some more boiling water if necessary.
  8. After two hours check with the skewer as you would regular cake (pierce your pudding through the baking paper and foil). If the skewer still comes out wet, keep steaming for another 20-25 min.
  9. When done, turn out onto a plate and serve immediately with lashings and lashings of custard or however you like!
  10. Enjoy!

Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding

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Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding

I’m sharing my Pumpkin & Plum Conserve Steamed Pudding with the following pages:

Baking Crumbs hosted by Angela over at Only Crumbs Remain.

The Great Bloggers Bake Off 2017 hosted by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps

Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes and Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie

Brilliant Blog Posts hosted by Vicki at Honest Mum Blog

Recipe of the Week hosted by Emily at A Mummy Too

Simple and in Season hosted by Katie at Feeding Boys

Bake of the Week by Helen at CasaCostello and Jenny at MummyMishaps



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  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    ooooh this is a beauty of a dessert isn’t it? I love that you have used pumpkin – such a clever way of using it in a pudding. Plus the colour of the pudding is a lovely colour with the pumpkin added to it. And with the plum conserve aswell – I bet that tasted really delicious. thank you for (almost) linking to #GBBOBloggers2017 x

    October 3, 2017 at 10:26 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jenny! πŸ˜‰ I love the orange colour the pumpkin gives to the pud too, very appropriate for the time of year lol. It really was delicious, definite keeper especially that family loved it! x

      October 3, 2017 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Helen

    that looks delicious, and such a great colour – your custard looks really good too!
    Helen recently posted…Toffee, Apple & Pecan Steamed PuddingMy Profile

    October 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Helen, pumpkin gave the pudding lovely orange hue πŸ™‚ Bird’s Custard Powder never fails, family favourite! πŸ™‚

      October 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    thank you for linking to #Bakeoftheweek too πŸ™‚ x

    October 4, 2017 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Lathiya

    Awesome recipe..I love recipes with less ingredients and no fuss preparation like this

    October 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Lathiya 😊 It is pretty straightforward isn’t it and steaming is the only thing that takes time here. The joy of steamed puddings 😁 x

      October 4, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    I love steamed puddings as they remind me of my childhood – I’m sure I used to have one a least once a week back then! This one sounds delicious with the spices in.

    October 5, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! I’m quite new to steamed puddings (the sweet version) myself but it was definitely love from the first taste! lol This one is super autumnal and really delicious! x

      October 5, 2017 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Monika Dabrowski

    This looks really tasty and I am sure it is! Though I am not sure if I could wait for 2 whole hours for dessert – I am very impatient when it comes to sweet things:) Thank you for bringing this lovely recipe to #CookBlogShare
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    October 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Monika! It’s not easy to wait for this pudding to steam I totally agree that’s why it’s a perfect after Sunday dinner treat. You can time it just right so that it’s ready when you are. Bliss πŸ™‚ x

      October 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply jenny walters

    Wow Jo,what a stunner!Beautiful pics too.It sounds divine!Plum jam in a steamed pudding with custard….oh my!xx
    jenny walters recently posted…Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Tray BakeMy Profile

    October 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jenny πŸ™‚ xx

      October 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    This looks stunning! I love the idea of mixing pumpkin and plum!
    Kat (The Baking Explorer) recently posted…Traditional Czech KolacesMy Profile

    October 7, 2017 at 11:55 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Kat! I was super pleased with this combination. Pumpkin and plums work so well together. x

      October 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    This is making me drool – I love pumpkin in desserts and am also partial to a steamed pudding! Love the colour of it. A perfect autumnal dessert, yum!
    Lucy recently posted…4 Autumnal Slow Cooker Recipes & October #SlowCookedChallengeMy Profile

    October 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Lucy! πŸ™‚ I thought the colour was really pretty too. Next time I will try and give it a go in a slow cooker. Will be popping over for some tips πŸ™‚ x

      October 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Smith

    I will be making this as soon as I can…a few tweaks for my tummies sake’s and jobs a goodun! The combo of flavours here is genius and I’m ALWAYS on the look out for more pumpkin recipes xx

    October 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks so much Rebecca! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you like it. Pumpkin goes really well with mixed spice here for sure. Hope you enjoy it! xx

      October 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    Ooh Jo! What are you doing to me! This sounds absololutely fabulously delicious. Love your top tips for steaming, and of course the sequence of pictures as you pour your custard! Yummy! Thankyou too for joining in with #BakingCrumbs πŸ™‚
    Angela x
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    October 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you! Pleasure to join in! πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed making this pud. Waiting for it to steam was the difficult bit but got there in the end. πŸ™‚ x

      October 24, 2017 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Katie Bryson

    I’m eating an apple while reading this post and wishing I was tucking into a bowl of your delicious steamed pud with lashings of custard – wow! Thanks for hooking up with this month’s round of Simple and in Season. xxx
    Katie Bryson recently posted…Easy and Quick Tuna Meal IdeasMy Profile

    November 1, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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