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Great Gramma’s Steamed Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours. + standing


12 servings

I grew up in a large family of children, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. This steamed pudding was a special treat we had every year at Christmastime. Serve slices with the warm sauce. —Joy Johnson, Culbertson, Montana


  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup butter, cubed


  1. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk hot water and molasses until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and walnuts. Transfer to prepared pan; cover with foil.
  2. Place tube pan on a rack in a large roasting pan; add 2 in. of hot water. Bring water to a gentle boil; cover pot and steam cake 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; add additional water to pot as needed. Remove pudding from pot; let stand 15 minutes before removing to a serving plate.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, mix sugar and flour until blended; stir in cream. Add butter; bring mixture to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly. Serve with warm or room temperature pudding.
Editor’s Note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.

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