Steamed Cranberry Pudding with Vanilla Sauce Recipe

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One Christmas, my husband—a Navy chaplain for 20 years—had to spend the holidays overseas, away from our two children and me. At his request, I sent him this special recipe so he could have a taste of home.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 454 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 468mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine all pudding ingredients in order given. Pour into a well-greased 4-cup pudding mold. Place in a deep kettle on a rack. Fill kettle with boiling water to 1-in. depth; cover kettle and boil gently. Replace water as needed. Steam about 1 hour or until pudding tests done. Let stand 5 minutes before unmolding.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Add cream and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture begins to boil. Boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve pudding and sauce warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Steamed Cranberry Pudding in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p71

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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