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Steamed Cranberry-Molasses Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour


8-10 servings

This old-fashioned dessert has been a family tradition during the holidays for years. My children say it's just not Christmas without it! —Millicent Tilly, Watertown, South Dakota
Steamed Cranberry-Molasses Pudding Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Combine molasses and water; stir into dry ingredients. Fold in cranberries. Pour into a well-greased 4-cup pudding mold; cover.
  2. Place mold on a rack in a deep stockpot; add 1 in. of hot water to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cover and steam for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, adding water to pan as needed. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing from mold.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in sugar and cream. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Unmold pudding onto a serving plate; cut into wedges. Serve warm with sauce.

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  • joycerm53
    Oct 30, 2019

    So very, very good! Do not skip the sauce!! Well worth the time it takes to make it! Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor.

  • brendakop
    Dec 30, 2012

    Do NOT taste the batter or cooked pudding without the sauce!

  • brendakop
    Dec 30, 2012

    This is a lot like the recipe that I have used for years. We do not use any water and we add about a cup of raisins. Light or dark molasses work equally well, it just changes the color of the pudding, not the taste. Word of warning though, DO NOT tas

  • Charlene2098
    May 11, 2011

    Awesome!!! A little bit of work but well worth the pleasure. Thank you