Butterscotch Steamed Pudding – Daring Bakers Challenge April 2010

April 27th, 2010


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.


In this month’s challenge we were asked to go a step further in the ingredients we use and use suet in the steamed pudding we were making. After deciding to make a steamed sweet sponge pudding, I decided on using a substitute for the suet – although after having trouble in the cold isle of the supermarket trying to find what I could use as a substitute, I gave in to using butter as my base.

A lot of people know I am a huge fan of self saucing puddings, so I was extremely excited to find out how this differed in taste or texture to the ones I normally make. Personally I enjoy the cake-like fluffy texture of a self-saucing pudding to the more chewy textured steamed pudding. I also find it’s a lot easier to see whether a self-saucing pudding is ready to be eaten – as the steamed pudding has a cover to take off before you can test it.


I thought many recipes I looked through needed some photos on the covering and tying of the handle for top of the pudding, as I found some descriptions a bit confusing. Although my mum found this helpful video tutorial (a How-To) for pudding assembly.


A big thanks to Esther for hosting this challenge and taking me outside my comfort zone (even if I didn’t get around to using suet…).

Butterscotch Steamed Pudding

Recipe adapted from Steamed Treacle Sponge Pudding by Delia Smith

Serves: 6-8

175g butter
175g brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 eggs
175g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons custard powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cream (you could use more milk here if you don’t have cream)

Grease a 1.2L pudding dish. Place a steamer, bowl, or egg rings in a large saucepan (large enough to fit your pudding dish, with gaps at the side) and fill with enough water to come half-way up the sides of the pudding dish. Place on low/medium heat.

Cream the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla essence. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between additions. Beat in the sifted flour and baking powder.


Pour mixture into greased pudding dish, smooth the top. Place a sheet of aluminum foil over a piece of grease-proof paper (approx 40cm x 30cm). Make one pleat (approx 2 cm) in the centre. Place the pleated paper and foil on top of the pudding (grease-proof paper side on the inside near the pudding, the foil on the outside). Turn the edges over, making a tight seal on the dish. Tie a piece of string around the dish – under the lip, keeping the foil tightly against the dish. Tie another piece of string (from the string under the lip) over the top to create a handle. (Watch this video).




Place the pudding on top of the steamer in the saucepan. Heat on low for 2 hours, checking the water comes halfway up the dish. Once cooked remove from saucepan, sit for 5 minutes, then turn out.



Nothing a bit of sauce won't cover up :)

Nothing a bit of sauce won't cover up 🙂

For the sauce, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium/high heat and continue to stir until the sauce thickens. Pour over the steamed pudding and serve.



  1. Juliana says:

    Oh Anita, another yummie dessert 🙂 This butterscotch topped steamed pudding looks delicious, so rich in flavor…love the pictures as well.

  2. Cakelaw says:

    Yummo!!! Gotta love that sauce – love how over the top of the pudding.

  3. Beta Gal says:

    oooh, the pudding turned out so moist, you can tell from the photos alone. Great work.

  4. Suz says:

    Woah! That looks so, so, so, so good. The sight of that butterscotch sauce drizzling down the sides makes me feel a bit faint, in fact. I’m definitely bookmarking this for later. Nice job.

  5. Sasa says:

    I made butterscotch sauce too – and am ashamed to admit I ate pretty much the entire pudding ;P Yours is making me crave more, argh.

  6. FFichiban says:

    Those gooey butterscotch shots have my heart a-flutter! *droooool*

  7. sheba says:

    The sauce has me drooling….great job!

  8. Ooh what deliciously gooey liquid butterscotch you have there Anita! I had to miss out on this month’s challenge which is a shame but you definitely did well! 😀

  9. Katie says:

    Your pud looks yummy, especially covered it all that butterscotch sauce

  10. Jeanne says:

    That sauce looks fabulous! I can’t take my eyes off of it. Beautiful job on the pudding, now I want to try this one as well!

  11. Kim says:

    Wow, that butterscotch sauce looks absolutely delicious! It looks thick enough to even pour over a scoop of ice cream. Nice job on your challenge!

  12. sheba says:

    Wow this looks real good…love the sauce…looks so tempting…

  13. Sue says:

    Oh my goodness…that butterscotch sauce is screaming out my name! Your pudding looks SO good!!!

  14. marcellina says:

    I love butterscotch self saucing pudding – I wouldn’t have thought to do a steamed pudding version. Good on you!

  15. Trissa says:

    Hmmm… that pudding looks wonderful – especially with all that butterscotch sauce all over it.

  16. sweetlife says:

    butterstoch pudding..oh be still my belly..great recipe


  17. Most delicious and drooling pudding I have seen in DB Challenge! It is butterscotch, who could resist, right?

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  18. Barbara says:

    I love the challenge this month because I don’t think I have ever seen such a variety of results! From savory to sweet. Sometimes they are very much the same; this time, everyone got really creative. (I think the suet made everyone take a step back!)
    Love butterscotch!

  19. Jenni says:

    Great job! Your steamed pudding looks fantastic!!!!

  20. Oh this pudding might be my favorite yet!! It looks so delicious and I love the butterscotch sauce over it–perfect! 🙂

  21. I like the way you served your steamed pudding with sauce – it gives you the best of both worlds!

  22. bunkycooks says:

    I like your take on the challenge. The caramel sauce looks yummy!

  23. I think I just suffered butterscotch overload…is that possible?!

  24. That sauce looks so gooey and delicious. I love your “nothing that a little sauce won’t cover up comment. Great job on this challenge.

  25. Y says:

    That sauce.. oh my!

  26. betty says:

    this looks great and the sauce omg…! :O)

  27. nick says:

    Hi, Wondering if anyone can help me, I am looking for a receipe that my mum used to make for us as kids. I can’t remember the exact name but it was a steamed pudding, I think butterscotch flavoured. It is not the syrup pudding as this pudding had no sauce running down the sides or you didn’t pour any sauce over it. It was just a butterscotch sponge type base then it had a thick layer of butterscotch stuff that was on top of the pudding. If anyone has any idea could they let me know.
    Thanks Nick

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