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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Daring Bakers' Steamed Sponge Pudding



The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.



I also made a fruit cake version of the steamed sponge pudding (for my steamed savoury pudding click here). Again I have used shortening as the substitute to suet. The steaming took 3 hours and 15 minutes. For this challenge I would like to thank Esther for hosting it and to Audax of Audax Artifex who has provided everyone with abundant information and tips on recipes and successful techniques of steaming pudding in DB Forum! Go and check out his elaborate post!



For serving, I have put in extra efforts to make passion fruit sauce. My consideration was that a tint of sourness could balance out the sweetness of fruit pudding. It was easy, practical, and just right for a colorful serving with mango balls and strawberries. I enjoyed putting them together and the presentation simply showed how colors have complimented one another.



A little note for the dried fruits, pick the ones that you like and carry strong flavor. It is not a mandatory to use dried kiwi fruit because it is green or mango because it is yellow. At the end of 3 hour steaming, apparently every hue of fruits would saturate and simply look dark like black raisins.



STEAMED FRUIT SPONGE PUDDING
Need a steamable 1 liter dome-shaped pudding bowl



1. Sponge Pudding

Ingredients:
- All purpose flour > 100 grams
- Salt > ½ teaspoon
- Baking powder > 1 ½ teaspoons
- Shortening > 125 grams
- Mixed spice powder > 1 ¼ teaspoons
- Dried mango – cut into small cubes > 50 grams
- Dried papaya – cut into small cubes > 50 grams
- Dried pineapple – cut into small cubes > 50 grams
- Black raisin – halve > 60 grams
- Cashew nut – chop > 25 grams
- Almond – chop > 25 grams
- Granulated sugar > 115 grams
- Dried breadcrumbs > 75 grams
- Egg > 2
- Brandy > 2 ½ tablespoons
- Evaporated milk > 6 tablespoons



Method:
- Mix all together .
- Grease enormously the pudding bowl.
- Pour pudding mixture into the greased bowl . Seal with 2 sheets of foil(grease the side of foil that is touching top of pudding), pleated in the center to allow room for expansion during steaming. Secure with string and place the bowl into the steamer over boiling water.
- Steam pudding for 3 hours and 15 minutes. Add hot boiled water whenever it is necessary.



2. Passion Fruit Sauce

Ingredients:
- Egg yolks > 3
- Granulated sugar > 45 grams
- Passion Fruit juice > 75 ml
- Sherry wine > 1.5 teaspoons

Method:
- Place egg yolks and granulated sugar in a heatproof bowl and beat over a double boiler until pale.
- Fold in passionfruit juice and continue beating until thick and light.
Lastly add sherry wine. Mix thoroughly and serve with steamed pudding.



3. Fruits and Gel for Serving
Ingredients:
- Big ripe mango > 2
- Strawberry > 10
- Apricot gel > as desired



Method:
- Peel mangoes. Scoop balls out of the thick section of mango flesh by using fruit baller. Dip into water mixed with salt to keep their fresh color.
- Halve strawberries.
- Brush sponge pudding with apricot gel.
- Serve sponge pudding with passion fruit sauce and fruits. Decorate as desired.

59 comments:

  1. Beautiful! If someone made me this fruit cake for Christmas, I might actually like fruit cake :)

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  2. I love both these two posts ~ savory and this steamed sponge pudding, so beautiful and yummy!

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  3. RRrrr so jealous of your perfect steamed pudding!
    And adding fresh fruit sounds delicious!

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  4. Yet another hit! Love the flavours you used here!

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  5. You are wonderful you made an English look beautiful well done and the colours and flavours sound incredible I'm super impressed well done. Your photography as always is superb. And thanks for the nice comments about me LOL LOL. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

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  6. Looks great -you've managed to take such lovely photos! I found the pudding really hard to style/photograph. The fruit looks lovely around it.

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  7. This is a gorgeous pudding!!!

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  8. That looks perfect. Love the colors in your pictures too. Some fresh fruit with some dried fruit- delicious.

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  9. This fruit pudding looks perfect and delicious! I love your beautiful presentation and gorgeous shots, as always!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. Your two puddings are absolutely beautiful! I've never had steamed pudding, but now I'm really intrigued. Maybe without the suet though... And as usual, your photos are outstanding :)

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  11. Beautiful photos! Love the idea of tropical dried fruit and the passionfruit sauce.

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  12. Looks just beautiful - I'm sure it tasted as good as it looks :)

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  13. Your pudding looks unbelievably good. I love the flavors and the passion fruit sauce. I'm sure it complimented the sweet pudding perfectly. Your photos are gorgeous, as always. :)

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  14. It's been much too long since I've had a chance to visit your blog! It's good to be back here and I can see I have several posts to catch up on! Great job on this challenge--I love the passion fruit idea and your pictures are just FANTASTIC!! :)

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  15. Very beautiful and British-like! You're very ambitious doing sweet and savory versions! Good for you, Kris!

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  16. Kris,
    It looks so beautiful. The fresh fruit and passion fruit sauce really make this a spring dessert.
    Mimi

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  17. What beautiful photo's both for this sweet pudding and the savory one in the previous post. I couldn't use the suet, either!

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  18. One among the prettiest puddings I've seen around

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  19. this is a stunning presentation. the colorful fruit give it a freshness and lightness that makes my mouth water.
    great job on this one.

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  20. Wow! Your pudding pictures are simply mouth watering! Great presentation.

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  21. Très réussi ce pudding. De plus, la présentation est très belle.
    Bravo!!
    See soon.

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  22. The presentation and pictures are a delight... an absolute treat for the eyes.... :)

    Cheers,
    The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
    Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

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  23. I've never made a steamed pudding before but your recipe and photos are enticing. What a beautiful dessert!

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  24. Wow!!! You never cease to amaze me w/ your shots. You make every shots so enticing. If this is what i'd get during the holiday, in lieu of the fruitcake, i'd certainly devour it=;). Those mangoes are calling my name too! ha!ha!ha!

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  25. Just a beautiful result and the pics look as tasty as the pudding!

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  26. You did a wonderful job with this challenge. Your pudding looks perfect and worthy of a magazine. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. This pudding looks so wonderful! Your photographs are amazing, and the passion fruit sauce makes anything taste better:)

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  28. Once again you've been very creative with the DB challenge. Wonderful composition of your photos. Congrats!

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  29. Beautiful! Didn't it seem odd to make it this time of year? It's such a famous Christmas dessert. You've put a lovely twist on it for summer with the fruit and passion fruit sauce.
    Once again, lovely photography!

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  30. Great job Kris, you made this pudding into a healthy dessert even with the large amount of fat required. Love how you put so many dried fruits and nuts inside. The presentation with mango balls are beautiful, i only realized they were mangoes after your description :D

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  31. Ooh, I love the idea of a zingy, fruity sauce as an accompaniment, and I've never seen a pudding look more fresh, colourful and pretty. Your photos are beautiful too - it looks so appetising! Mmmmm!

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  32. cela me semble délicieux une très belle présentation et de magnifiques photos comme d'habitude
    mes compliments
    bonne soirée

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  33. Wow! That looks amazing! And passion fruit sauce, how delicious. Nice job on the challenge!

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  34. You've put my pudding attempt to shame. Truly. What amazing pictures!

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  35. Such beautiful bright colors. The passion fruit sauce sounds amazing.

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  36. Your pudding is magnificent! What a long time for steaming - you have lots of patience. But the outcome is worth it. I bet it's just delicious!

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  37. O M G !!!!!
    This pudding look BEAUTIFUL !
    Your pictures are soooooooooooooo magnificient ♥

    OMG OMG but OMG you're very talented o_O

    WAOUW !

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  38. Stunning pictures, as always. The colors of your final product complement each other so well! And the passion fruit sauce just sounds divine. Kudos to you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Your pudding looks lovely and yes, the presentation is very attractive and colourful. Of course, I wouldn't expect any different here. :)

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  40. Great colours! It looks warm, inviting and vibrant, all at the one time :)

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  41. O that looks lovely and wonderful photos ofcourse! I wouldn't have guessed that a steamed pudding could look this good!

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  42. So colourful! It really looks delicious . Gorgeous photos!

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  43. Wow your steamed pudding looks excellent, I didnt participate in this months challenge, I didnt have the time unfortunately. I wish I had now looking at how delicious yours looks :)

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  44. Wow. Your photos are absolutely stunning. Well done on the challenge!

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  45. Love this blog! So glad I found you. Gorgeous photos.

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  46. Awesome job. Amazing photos! I was wondering what those yellow things were until I read the recipe. MMmm...mango, yum. Great interpretation of the challenge :)

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  47. I love the delicious combination of tropical fruits. You've somehow managed to turn the mundane pudding to something quite stylish. Love your photos.

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  48. What wonderful flavours! Amazing photos, as always, keep up the great work!

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  49. This is a fruit 'cake' I would eat. It looks beautiful, Kris, so moist, colorful and delicious. If I wasn't sick, mine was going to be a peanut butter and jelly steamed pudding witth a traditional british custard sauce. Hopefully I'll eventually get to it one day.

    Beautiful all around..amazing photos..you know..the stuff I always say upon seeing your entries lol

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  50. How beautiful. I've never actually tried a pudding. Looks wonderful!

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  51. Kris, you are getting better and better at food styling and photography :). This looks absolutely delicious :).

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  52. Look so pretty, you always manage to make brown food look fantastic on piture:)

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  53. Your posts just get better and better. Beautifully done...wow!!

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  54. It looks great and your photos are gorgeous.

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  55. I confess I was never that tempted by steamed puddings until you DBs got your talented hands on them 8). Gorgeous photography! I notice you've been using some distressed looking wood boards as backgrounds recently. Did you make these yourself? I'd love to learn how to do it if so.

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