Steamed Plum Pudding with Plum Brandy Sauce

  • Yield 8 servings

This plum pudding is brought to the table flaming, then served with a delicious plum brandy sauce.


2 1/2 cups plums with juice
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 -- eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 to 1/2 cup cognac
Plum Brandy Sauce:
1 cup plum juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
dash ground nutmeg
dash ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cognac
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a small saucepan simmer the 2 1/2 cups plums and juice for 6 to 8 minutes over low to moderate heat.  Cool, remove the pits from the plums, and discard the pits.  Drain the plums, reserving the juice, and chop into 1/4-inch pieces.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat the brown sugar and melted butter together.  Add the eggs, beating in well, and blend in the plums.  In another bowl sift together the flour, salt and soda and add to the plum mixture, stirring gently.  Generously butter a 1 1/2-quart mold with a cover.  Pour the plum batter into the mold.  Cover the mold with the top or foil and place on a rack in a large kettle.  Fill the kettle with water to reach halfway up the side of the mold.  Cover the kettle and bring to a simmer over low heat.  Steam for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the steamed mold from the kettle, uncover, and place in a preheated 400F oven for 2 to 3 minutes to dry the top slightly.  Cool the pudding for a few minutes and unmold onto a warm serving plate.
  4. Warm the cognac in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat, ignite, and pour over the pudding.  Bring the flaming pudding to the table accompanied by Plum Brandy Sauce.
  5. To prepare the sauce, in a small saucepan combine the 1 cup plum juice, the granulated sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cornstarch.  Mix well and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.  Remove from heat and blend in cognac, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon butter.  Serve warm with plum pudding.

Note:  This pudding may be prepared 2 to 3 days in advance, wrapped tightly, and refrigerated.  If this is the case, before serving steam again in the mold for about 1 hour.  This is a delicious and festive holiday dessert.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Pasadena’s The California Heritage Cookbook (Pasadena, California 1976).





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