Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Very British Pudding with Fresh Pineapple Bits

The very word pudding for me evokes memories of winter in England. Steamed pudding with freshly made custard were a staple dessert for cold winter evenings!! I have not made steamed puddings since I moved here, and so when Esther of The Lilac Kitchen proposed puddings for a Daring Bakers Challenge, I was truly delighted. In fact, so excited that for a while I could not decide what type of pudding I wanted to make. I was torn between a ginger syrup pudding, a jam pudding, and my favourite a marmalade pudding - and I have delicious home made marmalade!!
And then I remembered the pineapple sitting on my sideboard!! I had saved it to make a pineapple upside down cake. Well, I thought, why not a steamed pineapple upside down pudding with crushed pineapple in the batter!! The idea began to grow on me and soon I put together a recipe for an eggless pudding!! Yes, an eggless one - as you know I am not a great fan of eggs and increasingly bake and cook without them.

3/4 cup apple sauce
1/3 cup oil
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1-2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

For Topping:
1/2 cup pineapple, chopped fine
2 tbsp brown sugar

  1. Sift together all the dry ingredients. 
  2. Add the butter and oil and mix in with your hands until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Next pour in the applesauce and pineapple. Blend into the flour-butter mix using a spatula. 
  4. Use the milk to loosen out the mixture a bit. Set aside.
  5. In your individual pudding pot, place a layer of chopped pineapple and brown sugar. 
  6. Pour in the pudding mix to fill just over half of the bowl. Cover with foil that has been folded in the middle - this will allow space for the cake to rise.
  7. Repeat for remaining pudding bowls.
  8. Steam in a steamer for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted int he pudding comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the steamer. Sit for 10 minutes, then remove the foil covering.
  10. Cool for another 10 minutes , then unmould.
  11. Serve immediately or chill well before serving.
This recipe yields four, soft, crumbly, moist, and spongy individual sized puddings. I chose to serve them warm with a serving of fresh pineapple pieces on the side. But I am sure they will taste just as good with a dollop of custard, and even fresh cream!!

Post Script: 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.

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  1. Pineapple upside down pudding sopunds just as delicious, better perhaps? :)

  2. Great you could do it without eggs and the final results look superb - you can see how light and moist the pudding is!

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  3. Those looks great! Pineapple upside down pudding sounds delicious. Nice job on the challenge!

  4. Ir looks delicious! When I read that you did a pineapple pudding, I just had to come and see it. I love that you put crushed pineapple chunks in the batter!

  5. The pineapple eggless pudding looks awesome !!

  6. Pineapple pudding must have tasted delicious! It looks so appetizing :)

  7. Ooooh, pineapple! Why didn't I think of that! It sure looks yummy, and I'm really impressed you didn't use eggs in it. :)

  8. Pudding looks super delicious...nice presentation :)

  9. How great that you were inspired to create a scrumptious pineapple upside down pudding just from a pineapple on your counter.

  10. tempting pudding!! looks lovely :)

  11. That pudding looks mighty good! Great job!



  12. Delicious and exotic it sounds with pineapple.Love the presentation

  13. That pudding looks fantastic and I love that it has no eggs....

  14. That pudding looks really yummy! I am impressed with your eggless batter - it really worked beautifully! Thank you for sharing with us!!

  15. Pudding looks fantastic and droolworthy, love this eggless version..

  16. Pudding looks yum, and you made it without eggs thats a challenge :)

  17. That looks good Apu! and pineapples are a great addition:)

  18. The pineapple bits sounds extremely enticing and refreshing.

  19. Thanks for dropping by. Your pudding looks scrumptious.

  20. Thanks for visiting my blog. Your pudding looks supreme! I love anything with pineapple but husband is fruit phobic! LOL! He just doesn't care for fruit.. or veggies or anything healthy for that matter. Sigh... he is a work in progress :-)

  21. Looks good and the fact that it is eggless, makes me want to give it a try.

  22. very fresh with the pineapple !! if you like french creative food come and visti my blog you are very welcome !! Pierre

  23. Gorgeous! The pineapple pudding sounds delish :)

  24. Oh first one I see i=with pineapple, looks very good. Hungry now grrr lol.

  25. @ Dear All: Many thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your thoughts:)

  26. such a nice recipe, luv ur space :)


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