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Steamed Cranberry Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour


6-8 servings

Updated: Sep. 08, 2022
One Christmas, my husband—a Navy chaplain for 20 years—had to spend the holiday overseas, away from our two children and me. He asked that I send him this recipe so he could have a taste of home. Steamed Cranberry Pudding has been in my file for more than 30 years. It was passed on by a fellow teacher who was retiring. Her family had long enjoyed it, using their own homemade sorghum molasses as a special ingredient. Chuck and I now live in a log home in a wooded area. We're visited regularly by armadillos, raccoons, wild pigs, deer, bobcats and other creatures. We enjoy watching them—but they make it difficult to establish a compost pile!


  • 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


  1. In a bowl, combine pudding ingredients. Pour into a well-greased 4-cup pudding mold. Place in a stockpot on a rack. Fill stockpot with boiling water to 1-in. depth; cover and boil gently. Replace water as needed. Steam for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing from mold.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan. Add cream and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture begins to boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Serve sauce over warm pudding.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 454 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 616mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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