Cranberry-crowned pud with white chocolate custard

We’ve wound back the years with this classic steamed pud, perfect for a cold winter’s day

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 45 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 650
  • fat 32g
  • saturates 19g
  • carbs 88.8g
  • sugars 64g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 9g
  • salt 1.01g


  • 175g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 200g jar redcurrant jelly
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • seeds from a vanilla pod
  • 200g butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 500ml pot fresh vanilla custard
  • 100g white chocolate


  1. Put 100g cranberries in a saucepan with the redcurrant jelly and sugar. Simmer for 5 mins, then leave to cool. Meanwhile, put a pan of water on to simmer and butter a 1.4 litre/2½ pint basin. Butter a large sheet of baking paper, sit on a same-size sheet of foil and fold a leat in the middle. Beat all the sponge ingredients together, then stir in the remaining cranberries. Spoon a third of the cranberry and redcurrant mix into the bowl, then spoon the sponge mix on top.

  2. Cover with the paper and foil, tie with string and steam, lid on, for 1½ hrs. To serve, reheat the cranberry mix and pour over the top of the turned-out pudding. Can be made up to 2 days ahead and re-steamed for 30 mins or microwaved for 5 mins on High. 3 To make the custard, put the chocolate into a microwave-proof bowl, add the custard and heat according to pack instructions, stirring every 30 secs until the chocolate has melted.

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