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LH: 81 Easy Steamed Pudding

How to make a traditional steamed pudding

This website and podcast is devoted to living closer to our food – through canning, fermenting, growing or connecting with our food on some level.

That connection can include making something delicious from scratch.

Well, the holidays are a perfect time to do just that while also carrying on family traditions.

In this week’s episode, I talked all about making traditional steamed puddings, what makes them so special and why you should give it a try.

Now, if you know nothing about steamed puddings, let me tell ya…

They are NOT like fruitcake or custards. Not even close!

They ARE like rich, super-moist cake or tea bread that melts in your mouth like a souffle. If you have never had one, you are in for a treat!

I share my family’s top two favorite recipes with tips and tricks for making a steamed pudding even if you don’t have a fancy steamer mold.


You’ll Learn:

  • What is a steamed pudding
  • Why you really should try this
  • How to make it with or without a traditional mold
  • The secret to never messing up the steam part
  • How to do it once, with double the benefit
  • Two absolutely delicious recipes to try

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Steam Pudding Mold*

Fuyu vs. Haychiya Persimmons – article



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #81


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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.


  • Renee Mustard says:

    Thank you for this podcast! I have been making your recipes for mocha and persimmon steamed pudding since your first video. The recipe book says 1991. Believe me, if I show up at Christmas without steamed pudding, particularly persimmon, it would be shameful! Lol! This year I will try a fig steamed pudding. I puréed and froze figs from my tree this year so fingers crossed!! Merry Christmas T!

    • theresa says:

      Yes Renee – I know your parents would send you back home if you showed up empty handed. LOL Let me know how the fig turned out. Sounds wonderful!! Merry Christmas to your family! hugs, T

      • Renee says:

        Will do! The mocha is on now. I’m excited for the fig. I’m debating as to if I should substitute fig for persimmon or try a whole new recipe. Thoughts?

        • theresa says:

          Hmmm – I don’t know if the fig can be substituted only because fig is not as watery as the persimmon. The result might be too dry. I would first see if you can find a fig steamed pudding. But if not, puree the fig and perhaps add a little water to get a persimmon-like consistency.

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