Steamed Cranberry Pudding with Butter Sauce Recipe

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This recipe has become a tradition at our Thanksgiving meal. It is so simple to make and you will not miss those canned versions of cranberry jelly when you have this tasty pudding.—Florence Ladwig, Monroe, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 300 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine water and baking soda. Immediately add remaining pudding ingredients; mix well. Pour batter into a well-greased 1-qt. pudding mold. (If you don't have a pudding mold, use an ovenproof bowl and cover tightly with foil.) Put a rack in the bottom of a large kettle. Place pudding mold or bowl on rack. Add boiling water to 1-in. depth. Cover kettle and boil gently, replacing water as needed. Steam 1 hour or until cake tests done. Cool for 10 minutes; unmold.
  2. For sauce, heat all ingredients in a saucepan until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Serve pudding and sauce warm. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Steamed Cranberry Pudding in Country December/January 1992, p53

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DonnaTMann1 User ID: 1635451 14467
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"This is exactly like my Grandmothers recipe handed down through 3 generations! We also make a lemon sauce too!"

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