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This is my first Daring Bakers challenge..I was very excited and had fun in doing this, but when the challenge was revealed I was little disappointed because I thought I would not be able to take the first Challenge itself.

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.

As the recipe calls for suet which is not suitable for vegetarians. But since Esther gave alternative of using butter it was success...

We had a choice between the traditional suet and butter puddings, but the basic type and cooking method were the same.

I adapted my recipe here. I almost halved the quantity and substituted liquor with orange juice and slightly adjusted the ingredients to our taste. It came out so delicious. I had a very hard time waiting for 3 hrs while it was steaming, before I could taste it. But its really worth waiting.. We enjoyed a lot. This is my Christmas pudding for the wonderful challenge..


Serves 4 to 5


Mixed dried fruit - 1 1/4 cup
Pitted dried dates - 1/2 chopped
Raisins - 1/2 cup roughly chopped
Red glace cherries - 1/4 cup chopped
Dark brown sugar - 1/2 cup
Butter - 60 gms
Bicarbonate of soda - 1/2 tsp
Grated orange rind - 1/2 tsp
Egg -1 beaten
Plain flour - 1/2 cup sifted
Self-raising flour- 1/2 cup sifted
Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
Orange liquor - 2 tbsp

Method :

1.Grease an 4 cup-capacity metal pudding steamer.
2.Line base with baking paper.
3.Place mixed dried fruit, dates, raisins, cherries, sugar, butter and 1/2 cup cold water in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
4.Stir until butter has melted. Bring to the boil.
5.Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
6.Now add bicarbonate of soda. Stir to combine.
7.Transfer to a large, heatproof bowl. Cool.
8.Stir in orange rind, egg, flours, cinnamon and orange juice.
9.Spoon mixture into prepared steamer. Smooth top.
10.Cover tightly with Aluminium foil.
11. Place in the pressure cooker or steamer by carefully pouring boiling water to half. Cover pan. Place over medium heat.
12. Steam for 3 to 3 1/2 hrs, topping up with boiling water when necessary.
13.Remove pan from heat. Carefully lift steamer from water. Stand for 10 minutes. Remove lid. Turn pudding onto a plate. Serve with custard.

Note :

1.Wrap pudding in plastic wrap then foil. Refrigerate for 3 months or freeze for up to 1 year.
2.After 3 hrs check whether the pudding is done by inserting skewer or knife, If not done steam for another 1/2 hr.

Verdict :

Everything came out so delicious, Since the dry fruits had already sugar in it, I should reduce amount of sugar when I make next time. As the pudding itself had exact sweetness we did not have it with custard. It was delicious on its own like Christmas fruit cake but very moist and heavenly.

Deepti  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:44 AM)  

It luks delicious n presentation is amazing...gr8 effort.

Anu Nandu  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:44 AM)  


I just can't believe this is baked - looks absolutely ravishing. I know a lot of people here frown on Christmas fruit cakes - but they are one of my favorites - every year I stock one of the big costco fruit cakes.

Love the little berry on top too!

I'm even more excited because I think I'm finally the first one to comment on your page. Yay!!

Anu Nandu  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM)  

Sorry, in the full speed that I was writing in to be first in line, I mis wrote! I was going to say I can't believe that this is steamed!

I'll stop commenting now. :)

Pavithra Elangovan  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM)  

Hey anu this is not baked, steamed !!!

Pavithra Elangovan  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM)  

Ha ha thats ok anu !!! Anyway thanks deepti and anu for the quick comments...

Yasmeen  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM)  

Welcome to the Club Pavithra! Wonderful job,the pudding turned out perfect and is so rich with dried fruits,yum :D

Unknown  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:58 AM)  

Looks more like plum cake...lovely with dry fruits yummmmyy!

abraham  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:04 AM)  

a stunner is what i can say...

Priya dharshini  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM)  

pudding luks perfect and fabuluous..ur creative shows in every click which is damn good..

Sailaja Damodaran  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:16 AM)  

Mouthwatering.......Excellent presentation.

Panchpakwan  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM)  

Pudding looks yummy..That was an smart choices of subsitutes. (butter and ornage juice)
Your efforts are seen in this pudding..
Hats of Pavitra!!

PJ  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:36 AM)  

mt favorite kind of pudding! looks so yummy and tempting.. great clicks too.

Finla  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:37 AM)  

Now i wish it was christma, this looks really good, i canjust smell the festive aroma from your kitchen when you make this.

Ann  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:50 AM)  

Drool...! Mouth watering Pics adn looks super tempting.

Pavithra Srihari  – (April 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM)  

boy .. u r one of those cooks gifted with tremendous amount of patience ...Cake looks utterly delicious ..

Beautiful pictures as always

Indian Khana  – (April 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM)  

The pudding looks just too over it

chef and her kitchen  – (April 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM)  

That looks like baked dear...very yummy looking pudding...

Sushma Mallya  – (April 27, 2010 at 11:54 AM)  

Beautiful pudding,perfectly done..

Suma Rowjee  – (April 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM)  

Pudding looks very delicious and Christmassy!!

Menaga Sathia  – (April 27, 2010 at 12:10 PM)  

cute clicks & pudding makes me hungry!! gr8 pavithra...

Simplyfood  – (April 27, 2010 at 12:33 PM)  

Wow this pudding has turned out superb.I love the clicks too they are awaesome.

Vikis Kitchen  – (April 27, 2010 at 12:58 PM)  

Pudding looks absolutely tasty and pleasant. Nice recipe dear.

Meena  – (April 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM)  

great job for the challenge...wonderful pudding!

Swathi  – (April 27, 2010 at 1:08 PM)  


Christmas pudding looks really good.

Preethi Rajeev  – (April 27, 2010 at 1:53 PM)  

Looks so rich and delicious, nice click

PranisKitchen  – (April 27, 2010 at 2:05 PM)  

wonderful pudding..loved the presenatation.looks so delicious..grt job.lovely pictures..

Padma  – (April 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM)  

I love christmas and cake this looks so yummy. Due to the ingredietns needed, I never try it at home. Good that you have given some alternatives Pavithra... feel like having it.

Namitha  – (April 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM)  

I love X'mas fruit cake..but never had this pudding before..Looks to try this sometimes..

Cool Lassi(e)  – (April 27, 2010 at 2:49 PM)  

Each and everyone of your recipes are fabulous. You are very gifted and this pudding is making me weak in the knees. Just looking at it, I am wishing I was a housefly in your kitchen..Don't swat me away..

Unknown  – (April 27, 2010 at 2:53 PM)  

Delicious pudding! Great effort, Pavithra..

divya  – (April 27, 2010 at 2:56 PM)  

Mouthwatering.......Excellent presentation.

chakhlere  – (April 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM)  

OMG...what a yummy and wonderful snap. Great job.

Pavithra Elangovan  – (April 27, 2010 at 3:24 PM)  

Cool lassi: Hi Dear,
You are always welcome to my kitchen as my friend.


Ash  – (April 27, 2010 at 3:58 PM)  

WOW!!! Pavitra, that is another yummy prep of yours..... It has its own specialty..... Lovely made pudding.... I would love to savor the whole..... And steaming of course is a twist...... U rock as always..... Love & Hugs))))


Unknown  – (April 27, 2010 at 5:14 PM)  

That looks incredible! So yummy.

Jill @ Jillicious Discoveries  – (April 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM)  

Welcome to the Daring Bakers! Your pudding is so festive looking and I love all the pictures! Great job!! :)

Deeba PAB  – (April 27, 2010 at 8:24 PM)  

How beautifully you've done on your first challenge Pavithra. Gorgeous pictures too. Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Hamaree Rasoi  – (April 27, 2010 at 8:45 PM)  

Christmas cake looks mouth watering....And I was surprised to see that it was steamed not baked!!!! So rich with all these dry fruits.
Just superb
Hamaree Rasoi

AvanthiRao  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:12 PM)  

yummy one and nice clicks tooo :)

Suhaina  – (April 27, 2010 at 9:40 PM)  

Pavithra, this is simply superb, Wonderful clicks too. I am amazed.

M D  – (April 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM)  

Awesome attempt at this Christmas pudding. Fabulous! Good pics too. Drooling!

Angie's Recipes  – (April 27, 2010 at 11:52 PM)  

Your presentation is always beautiful and unique.
The X'mas pudding for the Spring....mmm...that's just a charm.

Rachel  – (April 27, 2010 at 11:54 PM)  

A challenge perfectly done.. I replaced suet with butter

Audax  – (April 28, 2010 at 12:21 AM)  

Welcome and hello to the Daring Bakers' and congratulations on your first challenge. And what a wonderful looking pudding you did it looks perfect. Superb effort and your photos are so clear and gorgeous. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Aruna Manikandan  – (April 28, 2010 at 12:29 AM)  

Cake looks awesome dear :-)
Cute decoration!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (April 28, 2010 at 1:28 AM)  

A beautiful pudding! Nice presentation!



Mrs.Ahmed  – (April 28, 2010 at 1:41 AM)  

Hi Pavithra,

It looks delicious & Beautifull Presentation !!!

Myvegfare  – (April 28, 2010 at 2:04 AM)  

wow, your clicks are really beautiful!!, you have done a beautiful presentation too!!, Mine pudding was gorgeous to eat!!, only photos didn't come out well, taking clicks late in the night that is what happens, you have done a great job in your first challenge!! and thanks for your lovely comments too..

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (April 28, 2010 at 2:23 AM)  

Wow that looks wonderful, looks great and lovely. Beautiful click.

Nachiketa  – (April 28, 2010 at 2:29 AM)  

Congrats on your first...
Made Steamed Chocolate Pudding & Steamed Apple n Caramel Pudding for Daring Bakers April 2010 for my first challenge...

even i almost sat out for exactly the same reason... Butter to the rescue....

Very well plated dessert :)

The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

Priya Suresh  – (April 28, 2010 at 3:08 AM)  

Congrats on ur first challenge..Beautiful and delicious pudding..well presented..

Chef Jeena  – (April 28, 2010 at 3:20 AM)  

Perfect pudding I would deeply enjoy this you did a great job! Since I love a good fruit cake I know that I would enjoy eating this amazing pudding yum!

Raks  – (April 28, 2010 at 4:57 AM)  

Looks nice,has come out perfect and pictures are too gud Pavithra! :)

Love2cook Malaysia  – (April 28, 2010 at 5:22 AM)  

Hi dear Pavithra! hru doing dearie??? Missed U and ur clicks! ;)

What a lovely pudding...make me hungry! Owhhhhh :~

I'm back again..haha! ^___^

priya  – (April 28, 2010 at 6:38 AM)  

tempting presentation and looks so yum

Hari Chandana P  – (April 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM)  

Wowww.. looks soo delicious and tempting.. beautiful clicks!!

Anonymous –   – (April 28, 2010 at 9:35 AM)  

I wish I could have a slice of the pudding :D

Patty  – (April 28, 2010 at 9:39 AM)  

Welcome to Daring Bakers - - fabulous job! And your pictures are absolutely beautiful.

sree  – (April 28, 2010 at 9:41 AM)  

Way to go....lovely entry 4 the challenge

Pam  – (April 28, 2010 at 10:19 AM)  

Great job! It looks pretty and delicious.

Gita Jaishankar  – (April 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM)  

Awesome pudding Pavithra....looks superb and lovely clicks :)

Nithya  – (April 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM)  

Wow.. into darling bakers. Thats fantastic and I love the pudding too. Looks really good. :)

Dershana  – (April 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM)  

this is steamed???? looks totally yum and like a rich plum cake!

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian)  – (April 28, 2010 at 5:58 PM)  

You don't have to wait for Christmas to eat this-right??? Delish:)

Aps Kitchen  – (April 28, 2010 at 11:37 PM)  

This is gr8 pavi..... n u kno steaming is really gr8 nd lovely presentation :)

The Sudden Cook  – (April 29, 2010 at 1:03 AM)  

Wow! Your pictures are really brilliant - the pudding looks absolutely yummy. Great blog btw!

Smita Srivastava  – (April 29, 2010 at 9:16 AM)  

The pudding look so colorful n delicious !! Such wonderful clicks add to the divine taste ......yummm ....

@ Little Food Junction

Nancy  – (April 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM)  

I love all the dried fruits you added, I'm not a vegetarian but would have also skipped the suet. Lovely photos and presentation!

veggie belly  – (April 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM)  

a christmas pudding in april! i love it!!

Laavanya  – (April 29, 2010 at 4:51 PM)  

I love christmas cake so this pudding must've been fabulous.

Aparna Balasubramanian  – (April 30, 2010 at 2:47 AM)  

Welcome to the DB community and congrats on a first challenge done really well. The pudding looks good.  – (April 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM)  

lovely and inviting Christmas pud...very festive!!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi  – (May 1, 2010 at 5:09 AM)  

first of all congrats on joining the daring bakers, that a real daring challenge. the christmas pudding looks incredibly fluffy and moisten. great with a dollop of whipped cream.

Love2cook Malaysia  – (May 1, 2010 at 9:01 PM)  

Hi dearie, U've some awards waiting! Take whichever U like...hehe

Malar Gandhi  – (May 2, 2010 at 1:59 PM)  

Looks chocolatey- awesome, tempting one for sure.

SpicyTasty  – (May 2, 2010 at 11:32 PM)  

woww!! That's absolutely yummy. Love to have a bite...

Unknown  – (May 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM)  

Wow !!! I do not have any more suitable words for it. It simply looks fantastic !!!

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