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Steamed vanilla sponge with butterscotch sauce & custard

Steamed vanilla sponge with butterscotch sauce & custard

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  • Serves 4

Finish Sunday lunch with John Torode's indulgent and nostalgic steamed pud

Nutrition: per serving
low insalt1.47g


For the sponge

  • 250g butter , softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50ml milk

For the custard

  • 250ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • few drops vanilla extract

For the butterscotch sauce

  • 75g caster sugar
  • 25g butter
  • 50ml double cream


  • STEP 1

    Butter a 1.5-litre pudding basin. To make the sponge, cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition, then add the vanilla extract.

  • STEP 2

    Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and fold into the sponge mixture, ensuring there are no lumps of flour remaining. Finally, stir the milk into the mixture.

  • STEP 3

    Fill the basin with the sponge mixture and cover with a double layer of buttered foil and baking parchment, making a pleat in the centre to allow the pudding to rise. Tie the foil securely with string, then place in a steamer or large pan containing enough gently simmering water to come halfway up the sides of the basin. Steam for 2 hrs until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

  • STEP 4

    To make the custard, bring the milk to the boil. In a bowl, beat together the yolks, sugar, cornflour and vanilla extract. Pour the scalded milk over the egg mix and beat well. Return to the pan and place over a low heat, stirring for a few mins until the mix begins to thicken. Take off the heat and leave to cool.

  • STEP 5

    For the butterscotch sauce, dissolve the sugar with 2 tbsp water over a low heat. Bring to the boil; do not stir. When the sugar has turned into a dark, golden caramel, whisk in the butter. Remove from the heat and stir the cream through.

  • STEP 6

    When the sponge is cooked, turn out onto a plate, drizzle with the butterscotch sauce and serve with the custard.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2011

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