Steamed Jam Pudding

"This has been my husband's favourite dessert since he was a small child. Use the jam of your choice. We love plum jam and I tend to double the quantity of jam. The texture is similar to a warm cake. Delicious with ice-cream and/or cream."
photo by Jubes photo by Jubes
photo by Jubes
photo by Jubes photo by Jubes
Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Grease a pudding steamer or basin (8 cup capacity).
  • Spoon jam into the based of the steamer.
  • Beat butter, essence and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy, beat in eggs 1 at a time, beat until combined.
  • Transfer mixture to large bowl, stir in sifted flour and milk in 2 batches.
  • Spread mixture into steamer, cover with greased foil, secure with string or lid.
  • Place steamer in large saucepan with enough boiling water to come half way up the side of steamer; boil, covered, about 1 1/2 hours or until firm. Replenish water as necessary.
  • When cooked, run a knife around the edge and then invert carefully onto a large plate. The jam will spill over the entire pudding and look very pretty.
  • Slice and serve with custard, cream or ice-cream.

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  1. I liked that this used kitchen staples so I didn't have to buy anything to make it. However, it seemed to be missing something as it was rather bland. Thanks for sharing though.
  2. *Wonderful Pudding* My family loved this no-fuss dessert. A great recipe for using pantry staples and very economical. The texture was similar to a warm heavy buttercake and we used strawberry jam. Served with custard. This recipe could easily be made ahead of time and reheated in the pudding basin or as individual serves in the microwave. Photo also to be posted
  3. I think I overcooked it. :( I wish I had doubled the jam. I ended up cooking it in my steamer/rice cooker! Can you believe such a thing? The batter fit nicely but the jam was spread a bit thin. Unfortunately, it was the end of a jar. The flavor was ok but it was tough/overcooked. I will be trying this again & lots of other steamed pudding dishes. Maybe I'll get a proper pudding cooker, lol. Made for the 12/07 Aussie recipe swap.


I was born to migrant (Polish) parents in the western suburbs of Victoria, Australia in the early 60's. I was born to love food. My mother, a talented lady, taught herself to cook after she got married and turned out to be a wonderful cook. People everywhere rave about her meals. I am especially fond of the few traditional Polish dishes she makes. These days that only happens by special request. :o) When I was 18, I married into a Greek/Macedonian family and so my love of food was further expanded and enhanced. Those people can cook! Now married for a 2nd time to a true-blue Aussie guy, I struck gold again with a mother-in-law who was extremely talented in her kitchen. Unfortunately she's too elderly and unwell to weild her wooden spoon these days but I thoroughly enjoy discussing her favourite recipes and perusing her old cook books. Food has always been a huge part of my life. I love all types of cuisines. Hubby and I have 7 kids (his, mine and ours). At present (2010), they are 26, 26, 25, 24, 20, 11 & 9 years old. I get to practice in the kitchen a lot. Sometimes more than I really want to. LOL! The 5 older kids are no longer living at home but phone me with foody requests regularly. I LOVE it when they ask for a favourite dish to be cooked by me. I feel my job has been well done. :o) My 2 younger kids are a Mum's nightmare to feed. I don't know why, but these 2 are by far the pick-iest eaters of the 7. Still, they are asked to try new things regularly and I'm sure one day, they too will have a love of good food as the rest of us do. <img src=""> Australian/New Zealand RECIPE SWAP #22 - November 2008 <img src=""> Australian/New Zealand RECIPE SWAP #21 - October 2008 <img src=> Veg*n Swap 3 ~ October 2008 <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"></a>
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