Steamed marmalade sponge puddings for the daring bakers April’10 challenge

by Sunita on April 27, 2010

I forgot,” royally”, this time. It’s the 27th and I haven’t made my Daring Baker’s challenge. Somehow, something made me feel that I wasn’t due to post till next week. And then today, on returning after a nice long ride on the bike in the morning, and switching on the computer, I saw the challenges being posted around the blogosphere, and panic struck! Today is the 27th !!!??? But, fortunately, it was followed by a deep breath and prompt entry into the kitchen. Going through the given challenge also confirmed that is was easily doable. A rummage through the fridge and shelves, and I sort of had an idea of how to go on about it.

The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.

The  required elements of this challenge are:

1) to make a suet pudding using real suet or as close a replacement as you can manage or is acceptable to you; and
2) to cook it by steaming or if you want to be even more traditional by boiling tied up in a cloth.

The two basic types are a suet crust pudding with a filling or a suet sponge pudding. I decided to go for the sponge pudding. Living in the UK, we’ve been exposed to the typical British steamed puddings a lot; specially during Christmas time, and I must admit that I’m not really a fan. I wanted to keep my sponges light. The rummage in the kitchen revealed the thick orange marmalade that I had made a couple of days ago ( recipe to follow in the next few days) and I knew what flavour I wanted my pudding to be- orange.

The recipe for the sponge is my own. We were allowed to substitute suet with butter and that was exactly what I did. I wasn’t particularly feeling daring enough to use suet, which is is raw beef or mutton fat, especially the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys. I steamed my puddings in my electric steamer.

The following is my recipe for the marmalade sponges-

What’s needed-

2 eggs
5 tblsp of sugar ( I used raw cane sugar)
6 tblsp of marmalade
4 tblsp of whole wheat flour (atta)
3/4 tblsp of baking powder
3 tblsp of milk
2 tblsp of butter

How to-

  1. Beat together the eggs, sugar and marmalade till pale and fluffy. Add the butter and beat a little more. Mix together the flour and baking powder and beat it together with the rest of the mixture till smooth.
  2. Grease 3 mini pudding moulds or ramekins and divide the mixture between them.
  3. Cover the bowls loosely with pieces of foil and tie a string round the necks to secure them.
  4. Place the bowls in the lower container of an electric steamer and steam for about 35-40 minutes or till a skewer inserted through the centre of the puddings come out clean (** if you do not have a steamer, the same can be done by placing the covered bowls in a large roasting pan filled with hot water that comes up to about 3/4 the height of the bowls and placed in a pre heated oven till cooked; alternately,you can also use a pan large enough to easily fit the bowl you are cooking. Don’t fill the water more than about a third of the way up the bowl or it may boil over and into the bowl. Keep an eye and top up as needed with boiling water.)

For the topping-

Beat together some marmalade and double cream to make a pouring consistency and drizzle over the sponges. Sprinkle a little chocolate shavings and chopped nuts ( I used almonds). If you want to keep it even simpler, just drizzle a little cream over the sponges.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this dessert and am sure to make it again. Thanks for hosting, Esther.

I must say that this has got to be my quickest daring bakers challenge ever. Everything, from the cooking to photographing to posting was done in a little over 2 and 1/2 hours! For once , it was nice to have a challenge that did not need sweating over. The sponges were as ’spongy ‘ as ever and the topping added a little richness, without going overboard. It was a nice, light dessert, and if you, like us, love oranges in your bakes, this is just the thing for you! I tried it and loved it, and going by the taste buds of the rest of the family, I’m sure they’ll love it too.


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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy Cook April 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Wowo you are brave to make it just today. Love this one and looks so so yumm.


2 elra April 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Your pudding look pretty Sunita. Well done!


3 Renata April 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I must say that you were a flash! It looks awesome! Yummy!


4 wic April 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

amazing what you can do in such a short time. love it.


5 Shelley April 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Wow – I wish things I did at the last minute came out looking that beautiful and delicious! Great job, especially considering how quickly you pulled it together – truly impressive!


6 Apu April 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Looks yummy Sunita!!


7 ap269 April 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I love all the pictures – they are stunning!


8 Tanvi April 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Hi Sunita,
I love to bake.You know the best thing about your baking style is that its simple and uses lesser no of indgredients…I m really glad I came across your site. I am a complete fan of things made out of wheat flour but never tried it in cakes . But your receipes are thumbs up.. with less oil, less sugar ….your site its a food heaven for some one like me who’s a health freak but loves to cook and eat too at the same time.
Thanks and keep up the good work.


9 Kim April 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Wow, way to go! Those look absolutely beautiful! You’d never know you threw them together at the last minute. Nice job on the challenge.


10 Meeta April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

orangy, tangy and simply delicious! this looks sensational!


11 swathi April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm


Your marmalade sponge pudding looks really amazing.


12 pavithra April 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Looks soooooooooooo yummy with less ingredients….


13 Hetal April 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Hi Sunita:
Since I am allergic to eggs, can I substitute eggs with Flax seed?
Thanks in advance!


14 Sunita May 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

Hetal, you could always give it a try.


15 Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal April 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Wow, that looks beautiful !!!!


16 SS April 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Wow, you lost no time baking and blogging! The pudding looks delectable! Great pics! Cheers!


17 Rosa April 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Perfect with that marmalade! Your puddings look lipsmackingly good!




18 Barbara Bakes April 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I’m so impressed you whipped this up last minute. Great job! It looks like sunshine on a plate. How nice to have an electric steamer.


19 outoftheoven April 27, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Your pudding looks so elegant! Beautiful work!


20 Mary April 28, 2010 at 12:57 am

That’s gorgeous and great job getting it done so quickly! Sometimes it’s better not to have too much time to think about these things:)


21 sheba April 28, 2010 at 2:00 am

This is a last minute job? wow! looks amazing!!!!!


22 Nirmala April 28, 2010 at 5:34 am

I came here yesterday to check u’e DB challenge post and was wondering what happened! This looks truly delicious Sunita!


23 Audax Artifex April 28, 2010 at 5:59 am

What an amazing posting – yes pudding actually very easy and quick and I think the added time pressure made your final result better (no unnecessary thinking just doing). Your photos are superb like in a cook book excellent work your puddings look so moist and light and I bet were tasty. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.


24 nachiketa April 28, 2010 at 9:19 am

Wow!!! that was quick…. came out so lovely.. as always the pictures are lovely :)

Orange flavor desserts…. hmmm… love the citrus in desserts….

The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts – Nachiketa
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25 Alka April 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

steamed pudding… o my.. has my name all over it! :) looks delicious!!


26 Maninas April 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

They look great. I’d love some now!


27 Lara April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hi Sunita, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!! Of course I was very curious about your pudding and I have to say it looks absolutely delicious!! Very nice pics too!!
Enhorabuena!! Greetings from Spain!!


28 Roxanna April 28, 2010 at 8:46 pm

That pudding looks fluffy and just made me hungry. Now i feel like baking another pudding. great job.


29 Valerie April 29, 2010 at 12:43 am

Bravo! They look scrumptious.


30 Asha@FSK April 29, 2010 at 12:54 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous sponges!!


31 nags April 29, 2010 at 2:11 am

that’s definitely a lucky gal. the cake looks awesome :)


32 Cherine April 29, 2010 at 6:41 am

Your pudding looks amazingly good!


33 Aparna April 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

Good thing you remembered! You used one of my favourite preserves. Have to use marmalade next time I make a pudding!


34 Sunita April 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Thanks to one and all; and I’m really glad that I made the puddings; they went down very well with all of us :-)


35 Lori April 30, 2010 at 1:17 am

That is really beautiful. They were really delicious werent they?


36 sara May 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

Cute! Love those little sponge puddings…the bits of orange zest just look so tasty and lovely!


37 Ann May 4, 2010 at 4:05 am

Awww nice! They look delightful. I made marmalade (and ginger) puddings. I did like their light texture too.


38 Susan/Wild Yeast May 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Wow, gorgeous!


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