Jamaican ginger sponge pudding served on a cake stand

Jamaican ginger sponge pudding

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 3 hrs

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Serves 8

Enjoy this decadent, sticky ginger sponge as an alternative to Christmas pudding. Top with a luscious rum caramel and serve with a dollop of cream to make it extra special 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal618
  • fat29g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars58g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt1.2g
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Ingredients

  • 150g frozen unsalted butter, plus extra at room temperature for the basin
    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 120g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1½ tsp ground ginger
    Ginger

    Ginger

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    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

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    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 150g stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped, syrup reserved for the sauce
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

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  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 250g black treacle
  • 100ml milk

    Milk

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    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • extra-thick double cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve

For the sauce

  • 120ml syrup from a 350g jar stem ginger
  • 70ml spiced rum
    Dark rum cocktail with a lime slice

    Rum

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  • 30g salted butter
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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 4 tbsp double cream

Method

  1. Butter a 1.2-litre pudding basin, then press a disc of baking parchment into the base. Heat 4cm water in a heavy-based pan and add a trivet or upturned bowl or saucer to the base.

  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarb into a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and ½ tsp fine salt and stir everything together. Wrap the end of the frozen butter in foil and, holding it by the foil end, coarsely grate the butter into the dry ingredients. Unwrap and discard the foil to grate the last piece. Fold everything together so the butter is evenly distributed. Mix in the stem ginger, eggs, treacle, sugar and milk. Spoon into the pudding basin, leaving a small gap for the sponge to rise, and cover with a disc of parchment. Seal the pudding basin with a tight-fitting lid or a double layer of foil, sealed tightly around the basin and tied with cook’s string. Set on top of the trivet, cover with a lid and steam for 3 hrs, topping up with water so it doesn’t boil dry.

  3. Pour the syrup into a shallow frying pan, bring to the boil and cook until the syrup is turning a deep golden brown. Quickly whisk in the rum and butter, then whisk in the cream and bubble for 2 mins. Gently tip the sponge pudding out of its basin and onto a serving plate. Pour over the rum sauce and serve with thick cream or vanilla ice cream, if you like.

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Pynner
28th Nov, 2019
4.05
I made this pudding for after a Sunday lunch as a trial for Christmas day and it was 50/50 as to whether it was a hit or a miss (showing my age now) but I think that was because it was being compared with a sticky stem ginger cake I make from this site - which is gorgeous but is a cake, not a pudding. If you want a Jamaican ginger sponge pudding it is great and I would recommend it.
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