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This Carrot Pudding is an old-fashioned steamed pudding made with very plain, simple ingredients – it doesn’t get much more plain than grated carrots and shredded potato!

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This pudding is less rich and sweet than a traditional plum pudding. The blend of spices gives this pudding its flavor. Well, that and rum-soaked raisins!

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Steamed puddings are not difficult to make but they do take a little time since they steam slowly in a pot of hot water for several hours. They can be made in a decorative mould such as I have used for the pudding in these photographs or a simple tin can can be used. The benefit of a special mould is that it has a cover that locks on to the top of the base of the mould to hold in the steam as the pudding cooks. However, a double layer of tin foil secured with string can do the same trick with puddings made in cans.

For this recipe, I grate the carrots and shred the potatoes. As a frame of reference, this is the size of shredder I use for the potatoes.

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And, for the carrots, I use a finer grater to achieve this degree of coarseness of grated carrots.

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This pudding is easily made gluten-free. Simply replace the 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour with an equal amount of Gluten-Free 1-to-1 baking flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill brand.

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Add a dusting of confectioner’s sugar (aka icing sugar or powdered sugar) at time of serving, if desired.

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Serve this pudding warm with brown sugar sauce or eggnog sauce.

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You can find my recipe for the brown sugar sauce in the link at the end of this posting for traditional plum pudding. And, the recipe for the eggnog sauce, can be found in the link for my steamed cranberry pudding.

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[Printable recipe follows at end of posting]

Ingredients:
1 cup sultana raisins
2 tbsp rum

1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp allspice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Pinch cloves

½ cup butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg

1 cup peeled and grated raw carrots
1 cup peeled and shredded raw potatoes

Method:
In small bowl, sprinkle the rum over the raisins. Set aside.

Sift dry ingredients together. Set aside.

In large bowl of stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla and egg. Stir in the grated carrots and shredded potatoes. Mix well to combine. Stir in dry ingredients and then the raisins.

Spoon batter into greased 6-cup pudding mould. Cover with lid.

Place pudding mould on wire rack in a large stock pot. Add boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the mould. Cover steamer pot with lid and bring the water to a full boil then immediately reduce the heat to a gentle boil. Steam the pudding over medium-low heat for approximately 3½ – 4 hours or until pudding is firm to the touch and cake tester inserted into centre of pudding comes out clean. (NOTE: Add more water to pot as necessary to maintain the water level at about the half-way point on the pudding mould during the entire steaming process.)

Remove mould from water bath and place on wire rack and let rest for 20 minutes then turn pudding out onto serving dish and serve warm with brown sugar sauce or eggnog sauce.

Yield: Apx. 10-12 servings

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Steamed Carrot Pudding Recipe

Yield: Apx. 10-12 servings

Rum-soaked raisins combine with grated carrots and shredded potatoes and spices to make a flavorful steamed pudding that is perfect with brown sugar sauce or eggnog sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sultana raisins
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • ½ cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup peeled and grated raw carrots
  • 1 cup peeled and shredded raw potatoes

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, sprinkle the rum over the raisins. Set aside.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl of stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla and egg. Stir in the grated carrots and shredded potatoes. Mix well to combine. Stir in dry ingredients and then the raisins.
  4. Spoon batter into greased 6-cup pudding mould. Cover with lid.
  5. Place pudding mould on wire rack in a large stock pot. Add boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the mould. Cover steamer pot with lid and bring the water to a full boil then immediately reduce the heat to a gentle boil. Steam the pudding over medium-low heat for approximately 3 ½ - 4 hours or until pudding is firm to the touch and cake tester inserted into centre of pudding comes out clean. (NOTE: Add more water to pot as necessary to maintain the water level at about the half-way point on the pudding mould during the entire steaming process.) Remove mould from water bath and place on wire rack and let rest for 20 minutes then turn pudding out onto serving dish and serve warm with brown sugar sauce or eggnog sauce.
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For other recipes of steamed puddings and for the brown sugar and eggnog sauce recipes, follow these links:

Traditional Plum Pudding with Brown Sugar Sauce

Steamed Cranberry Pudding with Eggnog Sauce

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FAQs

How long do you steam a pudding for? ›

Pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the side of the pudding basin. Set over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and leave to steam for 2½ hrs, topping up with boiling water if the level gets too low.

Can I steam a pudding in a normal bowl? ›

The large pudding fills a 1.7 litre/3 pint/1 1/2-quart pudding basin. Nigella suggests using a plastic pudding basin with a clip-on lid as these are easy to use and not too expensive. If you have difficulties finding a pudding basin then a Pyrex bowl, or similar heatproof glass bowl, could be used.

How do you make steamed pudding without mold? ›

Alternatively, if you don't have a steamed pudding mold, a large metal coffee can can be used. You will need several layers of foil and kitchen twine to cover and tightly seal the can during cooking. And true to original recipes, this pudding improves with age.

Is pudding steamed or baked? ›

The Oxford English Dictionary describes puddings also as 'A boiled, steamed or baked dish made with various sweet (or sometimes) savoury ingredients added to the mixture, typically including milk, eggs, and flour (or other starchy ingredients such as suet, rice, semolina, etc.), enclosed within a crust made from such a ...

Do you put a lid on when steaming a pudding? ›

Make sure the base of the pudding bowl is not in direct contact with the base of the pan. -Add enough water to reach halfway up the sides of the pudding bowl. -Cover the pan tightly with the lid. Steam the pudding according to the recipe instructions.

Can I steam a pudding in a Pyrex bowl? ›

As for all puddings, it should be stored in a cool, dry place until Christmas Day. For the US our preference would be to use Pyrex mixing bowls for steaming Christmas puddings.

What is the best bowl to steam pudding in? ›

You will be surprised to see what you already have that can be used, like glass mixing bowls or pyrex dishes. Any strong string or twine will work to tie the pudding. Make sure to continually refill the water with more boiling water so it doesn't boil off.

Why is my steamed pudding not cooked in the middle? ›

If the pudding has a very big dip in the centre then it could be that it was not cooked quite thoroughly enough and this could happen if the water was not kept at a brisk simmer or if the pan was allowed to boil dry at any point.

Why is my steamed pudding dense? ›

Nigella mentions that the pudding becomes more sticky and dense as it steams. We suggest oncovering or unwrapping the pudding and taking a spoonful from the top centre part of the pudding (this will be the base when the pudding is turned out sdo won't be noticeable).

What can I use instead of suet in steamed pudding? ›

Our answer. It is possible to make Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding using vegetable shortening (such as Crisco, Trex, Flora White, Cookeen or Copha) instead of suet (which is made from beef fat). You use exactly the same quantity in vegetable shortening but it needs to be coarsely grated before you use it.

Can I steam a pudding in a saucepan? ›

When you steam puddings in a saucepan, the water needs to be half way up the side of the bowl to fully steam your pudding. If it isn't it won't steam properly – you'll need to check during steaming and add more water if necessary.

What cloth for steaming pudding? ›

A pudding cloth is a culinary utensil similar to a cheesecloth or muslin. It is a reusable alternative to cooking in skins made of animal intestines and became popular in England in the seventeenth century for boiling a wide range of puddings.

What are the 3 types of pudding? ›

Pudding Types - What is Pudding and Different Types. There are four major types and ways to prepare puddings: boiled, baked, steamed and chilled in the refrigerator until it gels.

What is another name for steamed pudding? ›

Sentences with steamed-pudding

This boiled or steamed pudding is also called plum pudding, plum duff, bag pudding or boiled pudding.

What do British call American pudding? ›

American puddings are closer to what the Brits would call "custard." A British pudding is a dish, savory or sweet, that's cooked by being boiled or steamed in something: a dish, a piece of cloth, or even animal intestine.

How do you steam a pudding? ›

Place the pudding into the steamer set over a saucepan of simmering water, or use a large saucepan with a saucer in the bottom. Steam for several hours, or as recipe indicates. Top up water when necessary. When the pudding is steamed, cut the string around the bowl.

How long does it take for pudding to be ready? ›

Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Pour pudding into dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.

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