Steamed Plum Pudding with Plum Brandy Sauce

  • Yield: 8 servings


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