Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fannie Farmer's Steamed Fruit Pudding

Making Fannie Farmer's Steamed Pudding was interesting and fun! I have to admit I had some definite problems and would do some things differently - but you have to admit - they look pretty!


Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 4 tsp baking powder, (after doing this I recommend NO baking powder as you really DON'T WANT THIS CAKE TO RISE!)  generous pinch of salt, 5 Tb butter, 1 cup of milk, (I also added 1/3 cup of sugar and if I had it to do over I would add 2/3 cup of sugar as I don't think it was sweet enough) 1 cup of blueberries or  raspberries (I found the raspberries work best but need to be chopped in 1/2)
Sift the dry ingredients together.  Work in 4 Tb of the butter and then add the milk, sugar  and the berries and mix to a soft dough. Grease a 1 quart bowl (I used special metal pudding bowls from Portugal) with the remaining butter  (I recommend you need to flour it also) - pour in the batter.  Cover tightly and steam for 1 1/2 hours (I recommend 2 1/2 hours).  Unmold the pudding (cake) on to a warm plate and serve with Creamy Sauce:



Creamy Sauce Ingredients:  1 stick of butter, 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 Tb cornstarch, 1/2 cup white wine, 1/2 cup milk  (I also added 1 tsp of lemon extract for more flavor)
Cream the butter in a small pan with the sugar and the cornstarch.  When they are absolutely smooth, put the panover a low heat and stir in the wine and the milk. Cook the sauce until smooth but do not let it boil.  Pour over the pudding and serve. I thought the cream sauce was good!



Now a discussion about this whole process!  First of all I now understand why so many steamed puddings are about using dried fruits and suet! (The plum pudding idea or Christmas pudding idea)  That is a whole different thing than this which seems to be a steamed cake! One of the mistakes I made was not covering my roasting pan with the lid (there were no instructions in the recipe about this). Having the lid on top of the roaster would have increased the temperature. I DID HAVE THE LIDS ON THE INDIVIDUAL POTS. You see the other changes I made in the ingredients.
I try things and if they don't work so well...no big deal...you learn like Julia Child learned! IF YOU NEVER TRY ANYTHING - YOU WILL NEVER LEARN ANYTHING! I think this would do better as a baked cake in the oven rather than a steamed pudding. 

Have any of my readers ever tried a steamed pudding?  How did it go for you?

12 comments:

Sarah said...

Never made steamed pudding, but these do look beautiful and yummy. Perfect for a tea!
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Angela McRae said...

I'm so happy you're honest enough to admit the challenges you experienced with these! Perhaps I shall follow your fine example, Bernideen!

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

Hi Bernideen! I loved steamed pudding but have never made one...maybe I'm just not brave enough! :) They look awesome!!

ellen b. said...

They sure look fabulous!! :0)

*Ulrike* said...

Oh wow. I have always read about steamed pudding, but I have never seen it before. I must say it looks very yummy!!
Ulrike

Bunny said...

I think your steamed puddings look fantastic. I have only made steamed pudding once and I still have the steamer pot and lid I also still have the box it came in. I must check it out I think there might be a recipe on the box. If so I will let you know because I can't remember if I put a lid on the pot or not.

Annesphamily said...

Your blog is always delightful to stop by. Thank you. The oudding looks lovely.

silk purse said...

Oh my~ how lovely!~ They may have been difficult to make, yet they are a vision! I am glad that I returned to see them in all of their glory!..,

Cheers and blessings from Silken Purse

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

So beautiful...they look like they will melt in your mouth. I have never tried steamed puddings before, thanks for the challenge!
Donna (IA)

Southern Touch Catering said...

Well they look like the effort was worth it for sure. Thanks for the helpful hints too. I've never tried steamed pudding in fact I've never seen a recipe for it. This will be something I put on my to do list!

parTea lady said...

I made English style steamed Christmas pudding with carrots, raisins, currants, suet, etc. for years. My family loved them. I haven't done it for a while. The butchers here in GA tend to look at you like you're crazy when you try to buy suet.

I'd love to find a new pudding mold in stainless steel, if there is such a thing.

BTW your puddings look lovely.

RIZZI said...

HELLO BERNIDEEN,
HOW LOVELY YOUR STEAMED PUDDINGS LOOK. NO....I NEVER MADE ONE, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TRY IT SOMEDAY. OH, HOW I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A TASTE , IT LOOKS SOOOOOO GOOD. I LOVE YOUR BLOG, JOHN TESH IS ON PLAYING SOMEWHERE, HOW DELIGHTFUL. TAKE CARE, RIZZI